Today my post is about my favorite room in the house (in the summer anyway!).
And this post probably should go into my 'home project' blog, but I'm posting it here anyway.
Ray and I added this back room onto the house a few years ago and I really enjoy spending lots of time in this room which is off the kitchen. And after all these years this room is still a work in progress!
(I took all these pictures both during the day and at night because I'd like your opinion on a few things.)
These pictures are taken of the view of the room from the kitchen door:
(And this is taken from the other corner on that same wall)
I usually sit on the love seat where that bigger pillow is (on the side that gives a view into the kitchen, and also allows a view onto the side deck and also of the pool out those windows behind the love seat). We have two screen doors, but you can see that we only use one as I have a dresser blocking off the other one because we don't have much wall space.
This next view is taken from the loveseat facing the kitchen door, we have a big refrigerator back there as the one in the kitchen is small:
This little utility island that is in front of the shelves is usually in the kitchen during the winter months, but I move it out here for the summer, with a stool on either side it provides a small eating area back here:
And on the opposite wall from the utility cart are two chairs we purchased a few years ago from Ikea and a table Ray salvaged from a neighbor's trash:
Ray and I have an on-going debate on what to do with the ceiling out there. Ray wants to put up beadboard, he has put beadboard up under the windows out there and I like the look very much on the walls, but I'd like to leave the ceiling as is, because I also favor the look of the exposed rafters, I would just like for it to be painted white, and I'd like for Ray to add a little shelf all around the room over the windows so I can put all my knickknacks up there and get rid of the shelves behind the utility cart to make more room. Ray says it's not nice wood that was used on the ceiling and it should all be covered. I don't care that it's not nice wood I still think leaving the rafters exposed will leave the room with a feeling of more space.
Nothing is going to be done until either the Fall or next Spring so I guess we'll be discussing it for awhile. Your vote on this would be appreciated!
I took these pictures at night because I'm also debating with myself as to whether I should put up some lace curtains back there, I hate the look of those black windows at night, but I love how the light pours in during the day. It's the only bright room in the house! Plus curtains would block the view out back, and I think curtains would leave the room feeling small. Your vote on this one will be appreciated too!
The floor in this room is just an outdoor deck material, and we use an outdoor rug over the deck:
This room is really nothing special, it's a hodgepodge of furniture and appliances, with toys, sporting goods, bathing suits, towels, coolers, crafting bins, and toy bins usually strewn about, it's a catch-all for everything, but it's a comfortable room and it's somehow relaxing to me even amid all the clutter, and I love spending time back here!
And here are some pictures of how the room usually looks with my two favorite kids in it:
I was thinking of making this room a true summer kitchen in the future, with just a big old farmhouse table and chairs, and maybe put in some old cupboards and cabinets for storage space, but I'm not sure we'd get as much use out of it if I did that. So for now I'm just going to leave things 'as is'.
Any suggestions for future use of this room will be most welcome!
My other favorite today is this painting I purchased from the Janet Hill Studio, if you get a chance you should check out her blog.
I like the fact that I not only get to support the work of a young artist, but I also got this fabulous piece of art:
I think she looks cute hanging in my favorite room!
Saturday ~ If the weather was nice we'd be having another pool party, but since it doesn't sound promising we'll put that on hold. I'm hoping to tackle a few cleaning/organization projects around the house (Diana has inspired me!).
Sunday ~ I think if the weather is nice we'll just enjoy the outdoors and get some yard work done. If it rains I'm going to see if I can convince Ray to start painting the dining room now that the living room is done!
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