This is a real treat for me take you on a tour of my friend’s sleeping porch. It’s been decorated with budget friendly finds and has a charming, collected and cozy feel. Stacey has a real eye for design and a talent for transforming thrifted finds into treasures and her husband, Mark, is very handy with tools and home improvement projects. Together they make family and friends feel welcome in their beautiful summer home.
There is a lot of family history in this summer cottage aptly named “Birchlands” for the trees that surround it. The cottage was originally part of an inn that the family owned over 100 years ago. This green rocking chair used to sit on the front porch of the inn. Stacey has many fond childhood memories of her summers spent here and is handing down the tradition to her young grandsons.
Stacey said, “The porch just sort of evolved over the years and has changed with our needs. With a growing family, you get creative in finding ways to sleep more people”. Turning their screened porch into a three season porch was the perfect answer to that call.
Overlooking Blue Hill Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, there are scenic views from every window.
The windows can be opened to let in the fresh ocean breeze and on cool fall nights the chill can be taken out of the air with the electric stove. The mantel was made out of a driftwood beam that washed up on the shore.
Stacey and a her friend Sue used found rocks to make the stove surround.
When they found an “L” shaped rock, they decided to hide the word LOVE in their work. Friends are often challenged to find the hidden word.
The mahogany doors to the porch were made by Stacey’s brother, Stephen. I adore the flying geese cutout.
Stacey loves going to local yard sales with friends on the weekends. She says, “You never know what inspiration you’ll find for your next project.”
Most of everything you see was found at yard sales or on the beach.
The flowers are cut from the flower garden.
Stacey’s has a true talent for pulling all of her finds together with charm
My thanks to Stacey and Mark for letting me take you on this tour of their little piece of paradise.