Celebrate July 4th!

Happy July 4th friends! Though I wish we were at the beach…alas…we are settled in to enjoy our little “retreat” aka-our home. we have a packed weekend with time on the lake, dinner with friends, a fireworks viewing party and a little time at the club pool. What are you doing? Any fun 4th traditions?

If those screens could talk!

Some of my best post-college memories come from some serious porch sitting on 15 Russell Road in ALexandria Virginia. It was the ugliest pink stucko house I have ever seen. BUT it had the BEST fronch porch. Though only three girls “officially lived” in the house, on any given weekend you could find 15 or so people crashing! We had our pre-going out cocktails on the porch, our post-going out cocktails on the porch and of course our OMG I am about to die morning after coffee sitting on the porch. It was that little screened in porch that introduced me to the casual care-free living that a screened porch enables.

So here I am today…stretched out on my screened in porch. It was a REQUIREMENT when we began discussing our renovation. And of course it had to include a fireplace so that we could use it for 9 out of 12 months.  I just love this space! It’s my absolute favorite part of house. And I have the most wonderfully compfy sofa that I found at an antique store (more like a junk barn than an antique store…but whatever. It was love at first site.)

If only my Sewanee and DC girls were here to sit with me…this would be PERFECT! Cheers to the memories.

Painting is from Goodwill...just a place holder to cover the electrical box. At some point we'll put a TV over the mantel.I love the fireplace. Reclaimed wood creates an interesting focal point above the mantel. The green and brown pieces are actual siding pieces from the house pre-renovation.


I ordered 30 yards of ticking when I found it for 3.00/yard on line. Had no idea what I would do with it. It's perfect outside. Its just so casual. And when C spills red wine...after I kill him...I'll just throw it in the wash and consider the stain patina! The back fabric is sunbrella and the ikat pillows are Ebay purchases from Uzbekistan.

Lamp from Habitat store. Painted. I need a new shade...but in the meantime, I cut a little ticking and hot glued it on to freshen the 70's look.


And.....in case you were wondering....here is the before pic of the sofa! My what a little paint and some ticking can do!