A few weeks ago, I shared our back porch makeover with my friends over at A Beautiful Mess, and thought the space needed it’s time and a bit of explaining on this end as well.
This porch has been nothing short of a slow labor of love. Actually, now that I’m through with decorating it, I kind of miss the slow decorating hobby of it all. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely enjoying it- even with these 100 degree days. But there is something about pouring myself slowly into a project, that will forever fulfill me.
We access our back porch through a very low window in the master room. There’s a step on the outside, attached to the window, and we place a step stool whenever we want to head back there from inside. Though, it’s easily accessible without the step stool. It’s just safer for the kids.
The porch was originally an old drainage system, that in theory still does it’s job. It was created back in the 1800’s with our building, and since then, with each tenant, has been used as a porch and a drainage system. Since our apartment is sub-level, we have a huge cement wall surrounding us, and we look up to see our shared backyard- which is kind of weird when neighbors walk by. But not really, because my neighbors love the space, and it always gives us an excuse to chat.
Since we are below the grass, we don’t really have that much trouble with mosquitos, though, they do like to come out at night. In that case, we rarely have the little ones out there at night. I’m still on the fence about bug spray and baby Oak, so it’s just best to keep him away.
We usually spend our mornings out there as a family. Anytime after 3pm (usually the heat peak of the day) is just too much for the kids. But mornings are great, because it gives me time to wake up with coffee and relax, while they play and get their morning wiggles out. It’s a great easy escape.
I decided to lay a few of these fab habitat rugs down, instead of keeping the concrete exposed. Mostly because, these rugs are amazing! They’re plastic and the patterns are breathtaking. They dry on their own, so I don’t need to pick them up and lay them out. I give them a rinse every so often with the hose, and voila. They’re all good. River loves them the most, because she’s at an age where she’s a little weary of bigger bugs. The rugs give her extra comfort while she plays back there.
Peter and I debated for a while if we should get a table with an umbrella to help shade the kids when they’re out back. Eventually, my wonderful friend Jess, sent me one of her amazingmini denim tepees, and it worked perfectly for the space. It helps shade the kids, it builds some space for imaginative play, and it’s freaking adorable. I love how the denim contrasts with the rug and wall.
Overtime, I thrifted some old coffee cans, and used them as flower pots by drilling holes in them. Ideally, I’d love to add more, but it’s already almost August! I’ll have to save that for next spring.
A while back, I found an old school chair on the street, and fell in love with it. Since then, it’s been hard to find a chair that looked good with it, but also, would stand up to weather. I received this beautiful salmon Eames chair from Patina NYC, and it flowed so well with the rest of the space.
Thanks so much for letting me show you our back porch! If you have any questions about the space, just leave it in the comments, and I’ll answer you right away. xx
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