A Dallas designer transformed this small porch into an outdoor living space with grand Southern style and charming vintage flare.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Home and Lifestyle Design
WRITTEN BY: Southern Guide to Life
Dallas, TX – Whether it’s designing and building custom homes or creating beautiful and livable interiors, Dallas designer Patty Rumaker, of Home and Lifestyle Designs, knows how to add style, charm, and southern sophistication to any space. After all, she’s spent over 20 years designing and building houses from 3,000 square foot suburban houses to sprawling 5,500 square foot custom homes. So when she accepted a one room makeover challenge, Patty knew just the room she wanted to tackle.
This covered porch is small by any standard, but Patty saw a roof, floor, and three walls and envisioned an outdoor living room that would extend the square footage of the home. The end result blends the warmth of your Grandmother’s living room with modern Southern sophistication.
Soft white, vivid turquoise, and touches of brown dominate this color scheme. So white was the natural color selection for the room’s centerpiece – a one-of-a-kind bench made from a discarded twin-sized headboard. Patty covered the seat with a Simply Shabby Chic quilt by Rachel Ashwell in shades of soft blue. The pillow was made using a crochet tablecloth picked up at a local antique store. Its center rosettes were purchased at a flea market and simply sewing in place.
Ever the handyman, Patty’s husband, also made this Trumeau mirror. The shape of the mirror adds height to the design and balances the benches two posters. The placement of the mirror also adds light to what could have been a darkened corner and instantly adds visual space.
The mirror’s distressed finish and elegant details such as scalloped edging, applique scroll-work, and side beading, make this modern creation appear to be a well-loved family heirloom.
A small white side table covered in a soft white fringed pashmina provides the perfect place to sit a book or glass of tea. A turquoise candle and aged iron candle stand provide added color and a perfect step-down height to visually blend the mirror and bench to the rest of the design.
The ornate wicker chair is another discarded find that Patty and her husband brought back to life. After adding a new seat to replace the original one that had long ago rotted, the chair was painted in the same shade of soft white. A turquoise and brown throw and wide-brimmed turquoise hat polish-off the vignette.
The burlap wreath adds wonderful texture and rustic charm. It’s also another item of this design that was handmade by Patty.
In this case, the table is topped with beautiful hand-painted wine glasses and a decorating plate. The wine glasses were a gift from her son. The plate was a gift Patty received when attending the Sneak Peak at the Dallas Market Center.
The coffee table was made with wood left over from the bench project. It too was painted cheerful turquoise. Echoing the rustic texture of the burlap wreath, Patty topped the table with a dark stained dough bowl picked up at First Mondays Trade Days, a 150 year-old flea market in Canton, Texas. Adding to the texture, she placed simple pine cones and two white pillar candles into the bowl.
Another element that adds to the living room feeling of this space is a weathered area rug in shades of dark blue and tan. The heaviness of the colors helps to ground the space.
Linen colored drapes flank the open space, turning it into an open air window and completing the look of an outdoor room. Hanging ferns create added privacy and give the feeling of a wooded oasis.
At the far end of the rectangular space, Patty created a cozy dining area. She painted a black cafe table and chairs the same color turquoise used on the coffee table. Because every good design repeats colors and textures through the space, Patty also topped the table with a handmade burlap topiary and white flower pot filled with more pine cones.
See how it was made: Burlap Topiary
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Photographs by: Patty Rumaker, courtesy of Home and Lifestyle Designs.
To see more of Patty’s beautiful designs visit her website at Home and Lifestyle Designs.