Monday, August 25, 2014

lakeside remix: screened front porch

as i mentioned yesterday, i am giddy to start a series of posts today on the blog (!!!) where some friends and i are going to bring you a virtual showhouse tour! without further ado, meet the adorable lake bungalow we're about to totally remix: 

this little gem is the cabin in lakeside, ohio, where my family stayed every year for vacation when i was a kid. it was so fun to find pictures of it recently and walk down memory lane. but seriously, i can't even look at these without immediately re-designing the rooms in my head. so, this week, purely for fun and fantasy, i am doing just that.

what would i do if this lake house were mine? what would you do? it's fun to think about, isn't it?

this little pet project was too big (and frankly too fun) to do all on my own. so i've enlisted some mega-talented bloggers and designers to go room by room through the cabin with me and update the design, and to bring you the virtual tour. and i am so. excited. to. get. started.

i'm kicking the week off with the porch, an incredible screened in room that spans the entire front of the house. it's the first thing that greets you in this cottage and is the perfect spot to laze.

for inspiration in this room, i didn't look any further than a scenario in my head where i lounge here all day (in super glamorous lounge-wear, obviously). like, get up in the morning, grab a coffee and a good book, put my butt in a chaise, and stay there until the sun sinks and the cocktails come out. this porch is going to be part swanky club room, part glamping, and all comfort. it is for relaxing.

we're going to start with a tad bit of climate control (and since i'm spending fantasy money here, it's ok to splurge a bit). i'm going to insulate the porch and install casement windows. don't worry...every last one of them will be able to crank open and let in the breeze...they'll just pretty-up the exterior of the house and protect our new anthropologie rug while they're at it. plus, once this cabin is re-made, i'm definitely going to want to travel there more often than once a week in summer. christmas at the lake anyone?

here's how the furniture is going to lay out:

up top, we'll have a sectional sofa with two chaises for stretching out or curling up. that's where you'll find me.

we'll add a colorful art print around the sofa to dress it up, a fabulous coffee table, and some leafy greens to bring in the outside (it is a porch after all):

underfoot, you'll find that anthro rug i am very interested in protecting, and for getting comfy, lots of pillows and throws:

i'm crazy about the lovely lady print by anna rifle bond and how a vacation house gives you the excuse to bring in a lot more color than you normally would.

opposite the sofa i'm adding a woven settee with a bookcase behind it. this will round out the conversation area and add another perch for reading. (i'm fudging the dimensions of this tiny porch a little here. no wait! i'm remodeling the porch to make it a little bigger!):

next to the settee, we gotta have a posh bar cart. i'm with mandy on these; i don't drink much, but they are just too pretty. if you're going to have a lounge-inspired porch, the bar cart is a must. bonus- you can have a drink dispenser for your infused water close at hand and won't have to walk to the kitchen as often:

that cart is bringing some serious swank to our space. metallic gold playing cards?! need. and that gold geometric bottle opener...oh my goodness. love it. oh, and a canopy of globe lights is a porch must-have for when the sun leaves but the party stays.

on the other side of the room, you can bring over those pretty playing cards and strike up a round of euchre. we're going to do a tulip table for games with some candy-red chairs and a mid-century rocker:

the wall space by the door is going to get an oversized sheet of rifle wrapping paper (better than art!) to balance out the beach print on the other side. bright accessories, like a honeycomb tray, will continue bringing color into the room and pulling the scheme together. with all of these pops, the walls are going to stay- you guessed it- white. a glossy white plank wood floor will keep the backdrop blank so all of these goodies can shine.

and that's it! what do you think- wanna hang there with me for a day (or a week)? i'm telling you, as the tour goes on i'll be more and more bummed out that this isn't happening in real life. come back tomorrow to see kyla's take on the living & dining rooms. it's going to be gorgeous! 


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{complete sources for today's post:}


party sectional sofa- crate & barrel {sadly, no longer available. hey c&b, bring that puppy back next year, ok!?}

sofa accessories:

beach rules custom art print- 
oragami geometric coffee table- west elm
fiddle leaf fig tree- z gallerie
gold wishbone- jayson home & garden
magazines- trouve
retro tabletop fan- vornado v-fan via rejuvination

pink & green rug- kiara rug by anthropologie
round viking ship pillow- zinc door
pom throw- serena & lily
herringbone throws- serena & lily {grab the affordable version at target}
rosa illustrated art print- rifle paper co.

settee conversation area:

woven settee- huron sofa by west elm
square pillows- bibi pillow by zinc door
elephant lumbar pillow- zinc door
fiddle leaf fig- amazon {this set of 2 has the whole porch covered}
bookcase- crate & barrel
sunburst mirror- country living DIY project {this photo belongs to someone who did the project from instagram...please tell me if it's you so i can credit! i lost you!!}
stump side table- west elm

bar cart:

bar cart- wayfair
drink dispenser- pottery barn
hex brass bottle opener- ferm living
outdoor drinkware- pottery barn
tubular burst objet- wayfair
gold metallic playing cards- anthropologie
decorative branch- grapewood vine by z gallerie
outdoor wall-mount thermometer- rejuvination
honeycomb bone boxes- jayson home & garden
globe lights- rejuvination

game area:

tulip table- amazon
koi rattan armchairs- one kings lane
red mid-century modern rocking chair- contemporary furniture warehouse
honeycomb serving tray- zinc door
woven bowl- yalayalaa etsy shop {no longer available; similar}
striped pillow- pop stripe by west elm
adventure is out there pillow- west elm


  1. Oh my goodness, I don't even know where to start. I love everything! (And I really love that you are installing windows to protect the Anthro rug! LOL!) That chaise lounge, I swear, I'm going to drive to the Crate and Barrel Outlet one of these days to see if they have it...and if they do, I'm snatching it up and placing it on my patio! It's GORGEOUS! Well done darling!

  2. I love this house so much and the front porch design is incredible! You rock and I totally want to hang out here!

  3. It's settled. We all need a girls lake house getaway weekend sometime soon! (Let's just hope we can find a place as fab as the one we did:)

  4. hahaha seriously girls- as i told kyla, first one to win the lottery buys...


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