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Nov112011

My Sleeping Porch...

After living with a back deck that lacked any sliver of character or charm, (see before pics below) I decided about a year ago to create a sleeping porch that I'd never want to leave...

I started with the few things I knew I wanted. Besides the hanging bed, I decided on a color scheme of black and white, a slate gray concrete floor, a built in wrap around bench and wall space to hang art and pictures. The overall mission was to create a space that felt more like a cozy room, rather than just another outdoor deck. 

My one eyed pug, Gorilla is quite happy with the hanging bed and I must admit I spend more time out here then I even expected. It's a perfect place to work on my laptop, read the paper, nap, make calls, nap, relax, nap...you get the idea. 

This is what it looked like before we started. Sad and weary...

The entire porch took 6 weeks to complete. We kept the same proportions from the original deck and by adding a concrete floor and roof, it immediately gave it life and purpose. I knew a hanging bed would not be wasted space and after showing my contractor several pictures, we built a frame and headboard with 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 boards. Hemp rope and custom made brackets support the full size mattress. Its threshold is 1000 lbs so it's safe as can be. I encourage the idea of sleeping porches all across the South... to sway and daydream. It's good for the soul. 

Thank you to my friend and photographer Lara Rossignol (of the fabulous blog Piewacket) for these wonderful after pics of my porch. See more of Lara's lovely images of food, design, portraits and life in the South, here. And Happy Friday...

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Reader Comments (14)

This has been pinned on my Pinterest page. This is adorable! I would never leave it either!

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKit

I absolutely LOVE your porch. So nice to see pics of Sydney and Gorilla too! Such sweet pups. Hope all is well!

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea Renee

I would be concerned about bad weather ruining the bed. One thought to help protect the bed as well as add additional space is to put the bed on a pulley system. You could put some automatic stops in the rope so that it will still lie flat, but you would want to be able to pull it up as close to the ceiling as possible so it can't sway nor get water on it. Likewise, if you were entertaining you could raise it to make space for additional seating.

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGalen

Oh, that porch is my dream come true! I would never leave that room. It is absolutely gorgeous.

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMo

Hi!
This is gorgeous! I also love the yellow of the outside of your house!

Is the porch enclosed or open to the elements?

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I grew up with a sleeping porch--this is lovely. What caught my eye is your table--is it zinc and was it custom or purchased? thanks.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzbelle

The porch is enclosed- albeit it's just a screened in porch. The table is just a plain wood table painted black. It was actually left in the shed when I purchased the home and realized it would work perfectly to tie the room together. Thanks for the nice comments everyone...

January 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterSweet Peach

Found your porch project while day-dreaming of my own porch ... I love it - soooo inviting! also love your choice of color palette - bold but simple. If I may ask - I noticed in the after pics that the concrete slab is lower than the previous decking - what factors went into that decision? ( I'm a bit of a construction-nerd). Thanks, michele

January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Well I wanted a concrete floor so we couldn't have the deck raised a couple feet off the ground anymore. In fact, the ground wasn't very level under the original deck so we did small adjustments to level it and put in the concrete and make it work aesthetically. The only thing I wish didn't happen were those large seams in the concrete. The contractor did that without asking me and I would have much preferred a very fine seam. As they say- you shouldn't leave home when they do renovations, otherwise they make decisions you wouldn't have made. Hope that helps...

January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterSweet Peach

A wonderful job! It must inspire many moments of relaxation....smiles

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Wow! I just found your site while looking for photos of back porches! I'm in love with your sleeping porch and I love this website. Your little pug is adorable. I'm a Michiganer who was born in upstate New York but at heart I'm a southern gal. My mom and grandmother were born in Alabama and my grandmother's family are the early pioneers of Shelby and Jefferson county Alabama just outside of Birmingham. I just love the south! My favorite places are Charleston and Savannah, but there are still so many other places to see that could also be added to my list of favorites.

I'm amazed that Delaware is considered southern state. My step-son, his wife, and my grandchildren all live in Delaware.

I have you bookmarked and I'll definitely be back for a visit. I started a little gardening decorating blog where I share my adventures, but mostly, misadventures in decorating. You are right, there are thousands of blogs out there but it's a fun creative outlet and I've met some nice people.

~Sandy

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

I bought a house last year in the South that used to be a barn, and the stalls had been converted into a large screened porch. It's an awesome space but very junky right now, and I plan to get it in tip-top shape this summer.

I adore your hanging daybed and I would love to do a similar design on my porch. I don't have quite the same level of bug-proofedness, though, and the wind blows the rain in all over the porch during summer storms (of which we get many). What strategies did you use to weatherproof your porch? Do you have the mattress in a bag or covering? Do you strip off bedding and cushions when it rains? Inquiring minds want to know! Again, spectacular project and thanks so much for sharing.

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Hi Sara...I'm responding a bit late to you but I can't really weatherproof my porch...my mattress has a protective cover but I'm sure I'm lessening its life out there. I have large overhangs so water never gets inside...not sure that helps. The pollen gets bad in the spring so lots of power washing and sweeping. I think I wouldn't do an all white porch again, it's such a hard color to keep clean. When I lived in LA, it would have been fine but we get a lot of weather in the South, seems like it's always a little dirty :)

April 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterSweet Peach

I want one...right about now.

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpak

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