Hi everyone. I hope your summer is going well. We are having a great one with lots of time at the pool and park, and have enjoyed just being outside. Last year we were busy furnishing our back porch, and this year we have added a few more items that I want to show you.
We purchased the outdoor sofa and chairs from Home Depot, and we still absolutely LOVE them. The chairs are awesome. They’re so comfortable, and the fact that they swivel makes them even better. The sofa has been become a weekend napping and reading spot for me. It is hard to see in the picture, but there’s a small indoor/outdoor rug that we have had for well over seven years. We had it both inside and out in every place we have lived from our loft in Atlanta to our office in Syracuse.
I knew the rug was too small and was on the lookout for two larger rugs that would work in both the sitting area and eating area. Plus, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money. I should mention that this table was also purchased last year. It came from World Market. It has gotten lots of use because we eat as many meals as we can outside. I no longer see it on their site, but World Market is having a great sale for outdoor furniture and items right now.
I, like most people, love Target ,and I have had my eye on this rug. The size and colors were right, and when it went on sale, the price was right, too. I bought two of them online, and they were at my door in just a few days. I couldn’t wait to get put them outside.
We have been doing insta stories on our instagram account a lot more lately, so I did an insta story unrolling them and then a picture of the rug when it was down. Thanks to Little Miss’s nap time, I was able to clean the porch, move the furniture, roll out the rugs, and get it all finished before she woke up. Well, less than an hour after the rugs were down, we had a visitor. I was about to go outside to get something, and this is what I saw.
I did a quick scream and shut the door as fast as I could. A black snake had slivered on the rug under the table. AHHHHHHHHH!!! I am not a fan of snakes at all. I grew up on a 10 acre mini-farm, and we had our fair share of snakes. I never liked them. They are just so sneaky and quiet. I called Yankee freaking out and told him we could sell the house and move to a condo or screen in the porch. Let’s just say I might have been a little dramatic, but I really do now want to screen in the porch as soon as possible. The mosquitoes have always been bad when we have been eating al fresco, and now snakes. Eeeek! I know that black snakes are the good snakes, but yuck, yuck yuck. What would you do? Would you screen in the porch?
Well, back to the rugs. They are now down, and thank goodness Mr. Black Snake has not been back. The rugs are simple and just add a little something extra to our back porch. We also recently hung some lights from our porch to the garage. These lights are so popular in our neighborhood, and I love having them up. Another nearby street has tons of them with some even hanging across the street. We say that street feels like Little Italy. The grass in our backyard is not looking so hot right now, so I didn’t take a picture of our lights. But you can see the cord in this picture.
I am loving the rugs, but due to temperatures that are topping out around 90 and the snake, I haven’t been on the porch too much to enjoy them. They look really great, though, and when I get up my nerve, I will enjoy them a lot.
Just like on the inside, it takes time to make a porch cozy and inviting. Since we can easily use it a good eight months of the year, it is considered extra living space down here. Now, I really would love to hear your thoughts about screening in or not. I have questioned doing this even before Mr. Black Snake decided to hang out.. Please let me know your thoughts and feedback!
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