Archive for the ‘Outdoor’ Category

Thursday’s Theme: The Sleeping Porch

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

We’ve talked about porch style and decor a number of times on the blog, but today we’re honing in on a particular kind of porch that is both purposeful and just plain fun (in our opinion, anyway):

The Sleeping Porch.

If you are unfamiliar with the sleeping porch, you have probably been able to figure out that it’s a space for sleeping. And if you are familiar with them, you either have one (lucky you!) or have at least admired their function. Either way, we hope you enjoy reading about the simple history of this type of porch, and how you can turn your own porch into a space for resting – or at the very least, enhance the coziness of your regular indoor bedroom.

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Most popular in the southern and western United States and often a feature of historical Victorian or Arts & Crafts style homes, the sleeping porch was designed and designated for the inhabitants of a home (or hospital/medical center) to be exposed to fresh air not just during the day, but also when they were sleeping. Their popularity gained traction in the late 19th century and at the turn of the 20th Century, when immune system health was a concern – particularly the threat of tuberculosis. Sleeping in a screened-in porch allowed individuals to be protected from outdoor elements like weather, bugs, etc., and got them out of stuffy bedrooms – the air conditioning technology we have today had only just started being explored. These porches were not common areas; often they were found just off a bedroom, or used only by the family who lived in the home.

As time went on and air conditioning became more advanced and widespread, many homeowners sacrificed the sleeping porch in order to gain more square footage inside their homes. But as you can see below, sleeping porches are still being used in homes across the country. Here in New England and in Maine, sleeping porches are almost exclusively built on summer camps, because if you sleep on a screened-in porch that isn’t insulated in the winter, your health will certainly not improve. Also, they are not typically separate from the front porch or back porch like original sleeping porches were; basically, if a screened-in porch can fit a bed, it’s also a sleeping porch.

Here are a few sleeping porches we wouldn’t mind spending the night in this summer.

The Quintessential Rustic Sleeping Porch

Photo by Michelle Fries, BeDe Design, LLCLook for porch design inspiration

The Traditional Porch + An Extra Place to Sleep

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The Private Sleeping Porch

Photo by Andersson-Wise ArchitectsDiscover porch design ideas

The Sleeping Porch in the City

Photo by Richard Bubnowski Design LLCMore porch ideas

The Wrap-Around Sleeping Porch

Photo by Search porch pictures

Do you have – or have you ever slept in – a sleeping porch? Share your thoughts below about the porches above, and your experience with sleeping in the space between the indoors and the great outdoors.

(for more information on sleeping porches, check out these posts from Bob Vila™ and The Craftsman Blog, and see a list of the many Victorian-era porch varieties on This Old House)

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Quick Tip: Illuminating Your American Flag

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Quick Tip: Illuminating Your American Flag

Attaching a light directly to a flagpole is the easiest way to keep your flag illuminated at night (a solar powered light makes it even easier!). For more details, or additional flag etiquette and display guidelines, click here.

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Throwback Thursday: Five Posts for Outdoor Living

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

May is coming to a close, which means the season of outdoor living is practically here. Today we’ve rounded up five posts from the blog that highlight some of our favorite ways to decorate patios, gardens and more outdoor spaces, as well as ways to make the most out of the areas beyond your home’s interior.

Deck Safety

Now is the perfect time to inspect your deck for wobbly sections, loose screws and/or nails, and make note of other wear and tear. Read this post for more suggestions regarding deck safety.

Eucalyptus Serving Cart With TrayCozy Porch or Patio

We’ve outlined basic furniture and decor suggestions to make your porch, patio or deck as cozy as your indoor rooms.

Web Exclusives from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Although a more specific post, the featured outdoor accents can be conveniently found among our selection of web exclusive decor. At the very least, we think this particular post provides some inspiration for how to utilize and furnish outdoor spaces.

Bee and Insect Houses

A great way to promote bee and insect health, which also boosts the health of your garden and outdoor plants.

Quick Tip: Bee and Insect Houses | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Porch and Outdoor Lighting

We had to include a renovation-type post, and this one is small enough for anyone to try. Switch out light fixtures or add them; doing so will make a big impact outside your home this summer and throughout the year.

Photo by Eric Stengel Architecture, llcDiscover porch design ideas

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