It’s Screen Porch Season!

Screen porch with orange wood and stone walls and dining table

Once the pollen is down, it’s open season. It’s time to unbutton and open up the screen porch! There is a physical reaction when you open the screen porch – you breathe in deeply, exhale slowly and relax in the knowledge that Summer has arrived.

Screen porch with pale wood walls and seating area

Screen porch with wood railing and wood dining table with benches

Screen porch with metal and glass dining table with porch chairs

Screen porches are the quintessential seasonal space. They are to Summer, what a fireplace is to Winter and are a “must have” for many buyers. In fact one buyer recently told me they look for a screen porch first, and if none exists, they figure out where they could put one.

Exterior of screen porch with log beams and wood stairs

Carpeted and screeened in porch with dark red plush chairs

Screened in porch with ceiling fan and dining area with rug

Screen porches are largely protected from the weather and elements, so they can house more comfortable furniture than a deck or patio. They offer shade and protection from the sun and keep the bugs from bugging you. They’re a place to have morning coffee and evening cocktails. (Does anything really happen in between those two in the Summer?) They’re also a great way to corral wandering toddlers.

Screen porch with green carpet and Chinese lantern string lights

Screened in porch with tall windows and dining areas

Whether grand or humble, a screen porch is a place to add some humor, whimsy or creativity with your decorating choices. Light fixtures can make a personal statement and colors can be more avant garde.

Screened in porch with small table and chairs and wood floors

Screeen porch with wood floor and pale blue couches

From lake views to nature views, screen porches offer a connection to the sights and sounds of the outdoors with some of the creature comforts that make life easier. And Summer should be all about that – easy. ~ Wanda Boldon

Screened in porch with dining area and railing

Screened in and carpeted porch with curtains

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