Year Round Southern Outdoor Porch Entertaining
Hello my friends! As promised, I’m back to share the grand finale of the Southern Romance house with you! The piece de la resistance… the back porch. Talk about the perfect place to entertain (or nap)! Just wait until you see it. If you missed the tour of the inside of the home from yesterday [click here] and go catch up.
Okay, so we left of yesterday in the kitchen, about to head out to the porch.
As you can see, the kitchen window (original to the home) looks out over the porch, and them out further, into the backyard. Let’s go step out those fantastic french doors!
Don’t you love that you can see through the front door of the home… all the way into the back yard? This home is not overly large, but it’s laid out perfectly. Today’s builders could take notes.
The triple set of Frenchies boasts a working set of two, and one fixed, or stationary door. The color is divine!! It’s jsut the right, soft, faded watery blue. It’s very authentic.
They are almost imperceptible, but the hidden, motorized screens have been lowered in the shot above and below. Adding a UV factor, and keeping out bugs, leaves… etc. All while never hindering the view, or breezes!
The very important breezes.
The outdoor dining table was constructed from one of the doors from the house. Along with the painted floors… it adds such a great level of charm to the porch.
We had these screens in our last house, and I love, really love that when you are not using them, you’d never know they were there. The versatility and ease of use is stellar. My favorite was having them on the front door, and no one ever knowing you had a “screen door”. It’s super for aesthetics.
I was lucky enough to get a few minutes on this daybed swing… and yeah, I want one!
But I need this porch to go with it.
That’s not too much to ask for is it? haha
This is the fireplace that was removed from the master bedroom, wonderfully relocated to the porch. You’ll see those same tiles in the “secret room” in the house too!
Looking out over the newly landscaped back yard. The raised flower beds are full of pansies and everything is getting ready to burst with all the rain.
In fact, there was a tornado close by, just the night before! The West Coast girl was not feeling it. Give me an earthquake any day.
The accent brick and the backing for the lions head was discovered buried on the property, and was incorporated into the final design.
They even got crafty with a stenciled style art project on the side of the garage, framing it with some character filled wood. You can read more about the homes beginnings and the Morgan and Ford families [by clicking here]
The little fountain was happily bubbling away… and when night fell, the lights were so pretty. (Sorry, night photography is way beyond my skill set)
In the shot below, you can just catch the reflection that lets you know the vinyl screens are lowered. These things are crazy energy efficient, and makes use of the porch year round. They’ll capture heating, and air conditioning, which add more usable square footage to the home. And then, they disappear like magic, up into the headers and you’d never know they were there.
Tricks-y stuff like that is pretty neat. And what a way to beat the heat!!
I’ll close with a pretty shot of the house, at night… not taken by me.
And with that, my Southern Romance journey has come to an end. I will be forever changed, having had the opportunity to travel to South. To learn about the home, it’s occupants and some of it’s history and story, and to meet the real life people behind Phantom Screens. Esther, the CEO and her team, comprised of Paul, Richard, Sierra (and Kristina for part one). They may not be from the South, but they have got the hospitality thing down. (They could probably give lessons.) Talk about “good people”… they are all just stellar human beings.
I’m always torn traveling. I kind of feel like this…
All About Phantom Screens [click here]
All About The Southern Romance Idea House [click here]
(includes videos, cool before & after slider photos, and lots of details and story telling!)
Special thanks to Phantom Screens for the opportunity to travel to Mobile and tour the home. It was a trip to remember and one I will never forget!