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Friday
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...