I think we all have one place in our house where we feel most serene. For me, that room is my screened porch. It is the room that I fell in love with when I first saw the house and which made me sure this was the home for me. The screened porch is where you will find me pretty much anytime May through October. With a soaring ceiling, big french doors and windows everywhere, the room is filled with natural light and garden views.
I put a lot of thought into decorating it. It was very important to me that the room not compete with its surroundings. Farrow and Ball paints are a favorite of mine. They are slightly more expensive but give your walls a gorgeous chalky finish with a depth of color that looks different in the various lights throughout the day. After much contemplation, I used Light Gray on the walls which is really more of a stony gray green shade that embraces the greens from the garden. I also used Off Black on the floors which adds a natural slate color to the room.
I wanted my furnishings to be equally inviting. I love shopping local and found my set at Pasquesi Home and Garden, but Ballard Designs has a similar look and feel. It is comfortable and stands up to muddy paws but blends effortlessly into the space. Over time, I’m sure I’ll add more color accents, but for right now, this screened porch is just perfect.