Stacey and Mark’s Sleeping Porch Tour

   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.

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  1. says

    What a fabulous space your friend has created! It’s so reminiscent of cabins I’ve stayed at over the years that have been passed down through several generations. The families never “bought” a piece of furniture for the place, they just used odds and ends that somehow make it more homey, just as your friend has done. The word hidden in the stonework says it all!

  2. says

    This truly is a little slice of paradise. I can just imagine sleeping there on a chilly night with the windows open and snuggled all cozy under a pile of blankets.

  3. says

    When I grow up, I want a sleeping porch. Just beautiful vistas. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our What’s it Wednesday linky party. I hope you can join us.


  4. says

    What a charming and cozy porch, Mary! I just adore every bit of it! The colors, the textures, and views… I could be very happy living on that sweet porch! :) What state is this in?

    xoxo laurie

  5. says

    Hi! Popped on over from Common Ground’s feature. I don’t think it gets much better than your friend’s sleeping porch. If you could hear me, you’d hear me sighing… Beautiful photos and post!

  6. Joyce says

    This is my favorite place on earth!! Been to this house twice with one of my best friends, Lorna, absolutely love it there.


  1. […] Just a bit of news I forgot to mention here last month. Coastal Living asked me if they could use one of my photos in their October issue. What? After I picked myself up off the floor, I calmly agreed to it. It is on page 14 for those of you who have the issue. The article is about sleeping porches, and they wanted to use one of the photos I took from Stacey and Mark’s Sleeping Porch. You can see the full post with all the pictures here. […]