Well, this is it! Welcome to our Vintage Chic Eclectic Retreat, our One Room Challenge Week 6 Reveal! I am so happy to have this space done and I will say I’ve been enjoying it immensely the last couple of days! See the progression by clicking on each week here, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5 and follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss anything! Are you ready to see how we turned a basic screened in porch, catch-all-area and unused space into a relaxing retreat for the whole family?
Living in the country surrounded by a pine forest, I love being outside and listening to the birds sing and the sound of the pine trees in the wind (which sounds like the ocean by the way) 🙂 . We have a huge fire pit that is a lot of fun during the winter and a gazebo in the back yard, but the back porch was sort of a pass through from outside and it showed. Sort of a garage and mudroom in one. I did have a couple of chairs in a corner and we could sit out there but it wasn’t the retreat I wanted. Here is a quick pic of what we started with minus all the “stuff” to give you an idea of the space.
Welcome to our new space!
We spend most of our time in the family room and kitchen which are all open to each other. There are two sets of French doors off these rooms, that connect to the porch. I wanted it to feel like you were stepping into another room.
Ultimately, I wanted a place to hangout with family and friends. However, I still needed some storage for the random things one needs. 🙂 I also wanted a small potting shed area since I love to garden and I needed some table surfaces for when we do entertain. So let me show you what we did.
The first big purchase we made was this outdoor sofa. I wanted one with white cushions and I finally found one. Most have beige and I didn’t want that. This is a beauty. Solid and room for the whole family. I would highly suggest if you are in the market for one…buy it now. It’s always best to buy Summer items in Winter when you can! I’ve linked it here because I truly feel I found the best deal!
The cushions aren’t a stark white, but a soft white. Even though they are washable, I would suggest putting some Scotchguard on them for added protection.
I bought a variety of throw pillows for a pop of color. I started hoarding when everyone was having the End of Summer sales. I knew I was going to be doing this space, just wasn’t sure what I would be doing but I knew pillows would be involved!
Eventually, we will probably put tile out here. It just wasn’t in the plans this time, mostly due to time and other obligations right now. So to cover up the concrete and create “areas” I used rugs. I absolutely love these rugs! Rugs, USA provided me with this beautiful navy jute rug. It adds so much interest and I am a sucker for the jute tassels. 🙂 The color and texture were perfect for the space. I also got a large seagrass rug for the other side and a small round one for by the door. I love how the floor looks now and it was an easy solution. I mentioned in Week 5 I found a product to help protect these rugs. I used it, and so far so good, no discoloration or issues. I will most likely bring these inside when the pollen comes out in the Spring. Anyone living in Florida knows the thick layer of yellow dust we get. I’ll bring them back out when the coast is clear!
Remember that ugly industrial cart I shared with you in Week 4…well she turned out to be a beauty with a little TLC. I love repurposing an old piece. She now serves as a side table, serving area, whatever we need. I’ll be doing a Blog Post on her later!
I wanted this space to be a mix of vintage and modern and so I included this vintage Horse Shoe box because I love the signage and it adds character to this corner!
I mentioned adding a bit of whimsy to the space. Well, nothing seems more whimsical than a swing chair! I can’t tell you how incredibly comfortable this is! It’s my favorite space!! I’ve called permanent dibs on it! No Joke! I turn on the music outside (thanks to the great outdoor speakers we now have), grab my coffee or wine depending on what time it is…and I’m set for hours.
I would highly, highly recommend this piece! I also love this color combo. It’s called driftwood and it came with the gray cushion, I’ve included a link here. I guarantee you, it will be the most popular chair in the house!
I mentioned one thing I needed to have was a potting shed area. Well, here it is! I previously had a table with a screen behind it. With a little creativity, I created a more enclosed space with shutters and a ladder. I added a bright yellow stool for a fun pop of color and twinkle lights for the evenings! Tutorial to come!
Remember, the Lampalier I mentioned in Week 4? Did you guess what she was originally? If you guessed an old wire fishing basket, you were right! 🙂 I picked her up one year in Georgia and immediately thought she’d make a great chandelier. Well, I finally got around to using her and I’m thrilled with how she turned out. She is another bit of vintage adding character to this space. She isn’t a true light source but she is a source of bling and conversation!
At night she’s even prettier! String lights provided by Electric Crowns.
Another “favorite” in the space, are the fans we received from Lamps, Plus. We had fans before, but THESE are fans! They are so quiet and they give off twice the amount of air that our old ones did. They have a remote, for the lights and fan speeds. What a difference! Our weather has been in the high 70’s right now during the days, but when our Florida summer gets here we will really be appreciating these fans. I’ve linked them here if you need any! These are sleek, stylish and work great!
Since Winter is approaching, it’s only right that we have an element of fire out here right? We added this table top fire bowl to our super cool coffee table. DIY for that to come later. Source for the “fire” here. I can’t tell you how much I love the look of the old barn wood and the rusty fire bowl and nothing is better than a little fire at night.
Time to light my beautiful 12 wick Flashpoint candle too!
The mix of the old and new in this space is exactly what I wanted. I will post more on the DIY’s in the coming weeks. For now, I’m going to enjoy this space and I hope I’ve inspired you to try and redo an area in your home that isn’t being used to it’s full potential!
This was a budget friendly makeover with a few creative DIY’s. I have loved having you follow along these last 6 weeks! A huge Thank You to Linda at Calling It Home for organizing and allowing me to participate. Be sure to see what the other ORC Guest Participants have done!! I would love for you to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and here on the Blog so you don’t miss any of the DIY tutorials to come!! I tried to provide you with as much information and sources for the items shown. If you have a question or a comment…please let me know below! I’d love to hear from you!
See you soon!
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