The Screen Porch

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Summer arrived in Chicago with a vengeance.


There was no save the date card sent out months in advance. There was no phone call announcing it’s arrival. There was no gentle knock on the door asking if it could come in for a visit …




Oh no.


Summer blew in here yelling and screaming. It barged right in the front door and swept through the house.




Its arrival so sudden. So unexpected. So violent that it caught me off guard.


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And left me scrambling to get the screen porch up and running …




And then, as quickly as it had us reaching for the thermostat to crank up the AC, it disappeared. Leaving cooler temps and rain in it’s wake.




Oh, wait, that would be Spring. Which is still making an appearance inside our home. With some apple green and blue …

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{click here for my blue & apple green living, dining room tour}


Though, I do have some pretty coral colored fabrics and tissue paper waiting in the wings. You know, for when Summer decides to return for good …

Winking smile

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  1. says

    It’s just gorgeous, Linda! I really love the navy and white. You had me going for a minute there talking about the heat of summer when I know that my stepson’s weather in Wisconsin has been up and down. Hope summer arrives to stay for good soon!

  2. says

    Yours is one of my favourite screened in rooms and I always look forward to seeing how you have done it up. Once again, looks great! I haven’t even started on my porch with the late season and this will nudge me to get my butt in gear.

    • says

      Thank you so much Maureen! And I’ll fess up that I still have two more seat cushions to make! They are not an easy project and I find that I can’t work on more than one in a day otherwise I get sloppy and careless (and stick myself a lot with pins!).

      :) Linda

  3. says

    Oh! Your porch is just lovely!! What a cool, restful looking space. I love it!

    We used to live in Michigan and I remember very well just how much we loved our screened-in porch–although ours was not nearly so lovely as yours!

  4. says

    Just so crisp and clean! I love the navy white and black. I have black furniture and have been looking for black and sand striped chair pads… but your navy or royal blue is gorgeous with black! Thanks for such WONDERFUL inspiration!!! Beautiful living space…but I love everything you do!

  5. says

    Your screened porch looks like a wonderful spot to relax in warm weather. I love your navy pillow collection and curtains over the screens.

    My husband grew up in Chicago and often tells me about the crazy weather changes there. I remember visiting his parents in the summer when it was as hot as the blazes!

  6. says

    Oh Linda your porch is just so, so, so lovely!!! The navy blue pillows are perfect and the only thing that would make it better would be if I was sitting out there with you! :-)

  7. says

    Your screened porch is so beautiful, I wish I could walk over right now and have beer, I mean tea with you 😉 pinning, so I can remember to use stripes on my porch!

  8. says

    Your home is so lovely and all the other links look gorgeous too. Thanks for sharing this!

    If you have a minute to spare I’d be thrilled if you could share your post at my weekly Say G’day Saturday linky party. It has just started and this would be a fabulous addition!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  9. says

    love the blue stripes, and we enjoyed some cooler temps this weekend, but the week itself was gross and muggy. i’m hoping by this next weekend it cools down, as we have a wedding to attend. enjoy.

  10. says

    Linda, I LOVE your porch, it’s so pretty and looks like the perfect place to hang out during the summer. I’d love it if you shared this over at The Makers link party going on at my blog right now, Hope to see you there!


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