Prince Snow Farm

8.02.2013

Sleep Tight


So what do you think about sleeping porches? I think they rock. I mean who doesn't love a cozy mattress and grandma's quilt....a soft summer breeze, a crickets sweet tune lulling you to sleep, and a good book...the one you have been meaning to pick up and actually read for months.....



Several years ago we transformed a screen porch into a 3 season porch with storm windows (no heat though ). It faces south and east, so we sometimes have it open to the dining room right into early December, when the chilly air and low passing sunlight signal the change of seasons.



We slowly edge our way back in again in late March, as the days are becoming longer, and the hope of spring and new life fills the air.






The kids love it year round, reading books, hanging out with friends... enjoying a peaceful place after a busy day at school....although the winter does seem to bring a vast array of topsy turvy boots, gloves, hats, and a sled or two to the mix. But they don't seem to mind.

We kept the cost down by purchasing at places like PB Teen and Marshall's.  We hung our own framed photos of the seashore. A quick pencil signature to the mats added a professional touch.

Couches:  PB Teen
Sisal Rug: Overstock
Sea Turtle Pillow: Wabisabi Green (won on Carons Beach House Blog)
Tan striped and Green/Blue Striped Pillows: Crate and Barrel
Lime Pillows: Pier 1
Welcome to the Porch Pillow: Olde Tyme Marketplace on Etsy
Frames: Marshalls and AC Moore

and see the little striped pillow that says REACH? Carol at Art and Sand gave it away earlier this year. It was at a perfect time. I had just had surgery, and needed something to motivate me! REACH is my motivational word for the year. Visit Carol at Art and Sand for lots of great decorating ideas and DIY projects.


Sleep Tight.


28 comments:

  1. You know what I did this morning? I got up extra early, blogged, then opened my French doors that go out to an enclosed deck that looks somewhat like some of these images. I put on the fountain in the garden, then I closed my eyes and slept. It was wonderful. I must have had the most pleasant of dreams.

    I love your photos my dear, and your space ROCKS. Anita

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  2. That is one awesome room!! Such a cool and comfy hangout place. I really love it, and would spend mornings reading the paper there. And look at that fabulous stone wall outside.
    Happy August!
    x Loi

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    1. Thanks Loi! It is peaceful. Yes we sit sideways close to the road. That is actually across the street. We also have one that runs the length of our frontage. They are beautiful.

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  3. Your porch is gorgeous! You're so lucky to have one!

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  4. When did you change your name? I love this one. I also want a sleeping porch. I would take a nap everyday and never apologize for it.

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    1. Well...I changed my header because it better reflects who I am....I would change to just Prince Snow Farm, but I am afraid no one would know who I am. Thanks!! It is very hard to walk by this porch. I am so busy cleaning this summer....hope to enjoy in the fall!

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  5. My grandmother had a sleeping porch..It was on the second floor off of my great aunts bedroom who used it as a sewing room. I think sleeping porches are just so very 'dreamy' ;)

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  6. Sleeping porches are such a classic southern thing. I love them!

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    1. Go figure...and here we are way up north.!!!!!!! :) I guess thats why we need the windows. All the pictures I found are just wide open...I love that concept. Unfortunately, it would be wrecked in no time here.

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  7. I love your porch.. we have an old one on our farmhouse, but it's out front and we hardly ever go out there, we've made our haven on the back deck area. Love summers and having company for a cookout dinner on the deck. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Thanks Teresa. Funny, my parents (where I grew up) have a lovely front porch. But its only used to watch the Memorial Day Parade. They also spend their time on their back porch.

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  8. Beautiful images. What a gift to oneself!
    We hope to be able to do something similar in our next house. Hubby and I both enjoy an afternoon nap, while our 12-year old is still going strong!

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    1. Thanks Daisy! I dont get naps in, but before this summer ends I promise myself I will get at least one!

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  9. Monica: Well, I like your porch best of all!! Really, your seating area is so, well, liveable! The cushions are really firm (they look it!), the couches solid and aren't going to shift, and I love the sisal mat over brick. Beds are wonderful for sleeping porches (but really, how often is one going to use that?), but yours is a daily living kind of porch. I'm sure it was a big decision and investment to do this, and it was worth every penny.
    Hope you're enjoying every minute of August so far!

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    1. Aw you are too sweet! Yes, the cushions are firm , so they have lasted. I will tell you a secret about the floor: it is a concrete floor...the previous owners painted it gray, then used the lid of a pizza box to stamp brick colored squares. It has lasted 14 years!

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  10. I love your porch! We have a porch in our cottage in Maine (which I'm on right now) that I live on!!! Sometimes we can even open up the door between the house & porch in January!!! Our porch is south facing, so it makes a huge difference!

    Our's is set up with a table & four chairs for dining on one side and a little sitting area for four on the other side. That's the side where Duke guards the 'hood from! LOL

    I fantasize about adding a porch on to our Massachusetts home . . . but on this teacher's salary - it ain't happening! LOL!!!

    How is Stormy? Please give her a belly rub from us!

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    1. In january, how lucky! Our big maple, and our wooded property line block the low lying sun even though we face south too.

      I get the teachers salary thing!

      Belly has been rubbed....she is prowling for treats as we speak! Thanks for asking!

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  11. First, thanks for the sweet shout out.

    I love your sleeping porch, but I must be content with my window seat where I sit and blog or read all the time.

    I L O V E the porch with the colorful quilts. I pinned it on my quilt board for inspiration.

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    1. My pleasure Carol!

      I like to call it a sleeping porch Carol, but its really just a porch I guess. I love your outdoor seating.

      The porch with the quilts is beautiful, I agree.

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  12. Your screened porch had me the first time I saw a photo you posted of it. LOVE!

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  13. Your sleeping porch is amazing!! We have something similar (I call ours a sunroom) and we love using it. Yours looks so cozy and inviting. I'm your newest follower :)
    Susan

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  14. That's a very cute and cozy porch! Whenever I stay with some friends in Texas at their old farmhouse, I sleep on the porch. I love feeling the breeze through the screen windows and listening to the birds chirp :)

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  15. Wow! Those are some amazing porches, yours included my friend! :D It is so much fun to sleep out on the porch when the house just won't cool down on a hot muggy summer's night! You're right about grabbing that book you've been wanting to read... something about reading out on the porch!:D
    Thanks so much for this lovely treat of summer porch ideas!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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Thanks for chatting!

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