Monday, September 24, 2012

Classic Beach House Porch

Hey Y'all.........     This past week was spent along the GA coast, in search of interesting items to be featured on my One Kings Lane + Vintage & Market Finds page. The bonus of this trip was getting the chance to see & visit with a dear college friend, who graciously offered us her beach house as our base. Living near the water, if only for a short time, reminds me of how much I love the seaside lifestyle and particularly the way classic architecture immediately sets the tone for ease & comfort, and as always, sandy feet allowed.

My friend's beach house was built in the 1930s/40s, and yet feels completely contemporary in design. The exterior is unassuming, and in fact, the home appears alot smaller than it really is. The interior is essentially a square shape with kitchen/dining/guest room & full bath on the ground floor and living/3 bedrooms/1 & 1/2 baths upstairs. I became completely smitten with the covered screened porches, on both the ground & upstairs level, that run from the front to the back of the house. The expansive porch provides a relaxing spot to enjoy the sights & sounds of the ocean beyond the lush landscape while allowing some sense of privacy from neighbors. Clearly, the design of this mutli-functional space accommodates extra room for entertaining needs or sleeping quarters for guests. Details to note, the deep metal awning fastened along the exterior shields the porch from the harsh afternoon sun and any rain from soaking the floors and furniture. Ceiling fans mounted onto original beadboard and the addition of mix & match pieces of vintage style furnishings (in a clean shade of white paint and upholstered in blue toned indoor/outdoor fabrics) keeps the space cool & inviting.



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