Monday, June 15, 2015

A Peek into Our Screened-In Porch & a Giveaway


"Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." ~Henry James


One of our spring projects that has stretched into summer is giving our screened-in porch a makeover. We still have a few final details to attend to before I share all the before-and-after photos, but in the meantime I could not resist giving you a few glimpses of my new favorite spot for relaxation.





Painting the brick has given the space such a tranquil feel (more details about that in an upcoming post). I have a few more pictures to hang before I can reveal this cozy corner, but before I share the completed gallery, I want to let you in on a little secret. The canvas above is my favorite of the grouping, both for its loveliness and its sentimental value. When Canvas Pop offered me a complimentary 16x20-inch canvas, I knew I wanted the finished product to be the focal point of our screened-in porch. As a reminder of last summer's anniversary trip with Joe to Charleston, S.C., I chose a photo from our visit to Boone Hall. The profusion of blooms growing in the plantation's flower garden offered one of the unforgettable vistas from that trip. 





I loved the idea of displaying an image on our porch that reminded me of exploring such a beautiful destination -- adding even more inspiration to our outdoor oasis. The artisans at Canvas Pop gave the image the look of an oil painting, and the results are stunning! I especially love the painterly effects on the birdhouse. We have the canvas hanging in a  protected spot where it will not be at risk of getting wet during our frequent mid-summer showers, but I will probably bring the canvas inside for safekeeping during the winter. Canvas Pop professionals advise thasince canvas is a natural product, it will shrink and swell due to significant changes in temperature or humidity, so artwork should not be hung in a bathroom or directly over a heat source.

Keep reading for a special discount for readers of A Little Loveliness, along with details on how you can win a canvas of your own!





The previous homeowners left a couple of outdoor chairs behind. After being left to the elements on our patio, they needed a good scrubbing before I moved them to the shelter of the porch.





The high ceilings are a striking feature of this outdoor room -- especially when coated in a peaceful shade of blue. Drop-cloth drapes also enhance the room. I will share more views and details soon, I hope.





I will share the rest of our furniture and accessories in an upcoming post, but the mug above from French Script gives you a little hint at the decor that makes this such a lovely, romantic outdoor room. Now for the giveaway!





Canvas Pop is offering readers of A Little Loveliness a 35 percent discount, good through July 15, with the code LOVELINESS35. And for a chance to win a free 16x20-inch canvas of your own, leave a comment below. I will announce the winner in an upcoming post!


There is more beauty to come this week, so stop in again soon!

25 comments:

Kris said...

A lovely canvas to remind you of a wonderful destination to celebrate your anniversary.

Holley said...

I can hardly wait to see the finished product! Everything so far is stunning.

Cheryl Holt said...

A porch, book and sweet tea for a quiet retreat. enjoy. cheryl

Teale said...

Very pretty!

ColoradoConley said...

I can't wait to see more! I've always wanted a screened in porch. And thanks for the chance to win a canvas. My hubs just got a new office and we are just beginning to decorate it!

Brenda said...

Porches are great places for rest and inspiration. Love what you are doing.

Rach said...

Lovely porch! Looks like a relaxing retreat!

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Melissa,

Thank you so much for posting the link to my shop. I can't wait to see the big reveal. Drapes make an outdoor space look so romantic. The painted brick really make that canvas pop. That's a nice idea to add artwork of somewhere you love, so that you can get lost in daydreams.

I come by your blog often, and have peeked into the blogs that you love too. Such a lovely place to visit.

Thank you,

Karen

Donna S said...

I can't wait to see more of this room!!

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Very pretty...can't wait to see more of this peaceful place!

Flaurella said...

Loving the porch and the canvas of the flowers!

Jess said...

What an awesome giveaway! I would love to win!

- Jessica
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Ann said...

A wonderful photo turned into canvas print is such a great idea! I look forward to seeing the final reveal of this inviting space. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Oh, I have just the picture I've wanted to print on canvas! Thanks so much for such a lovely giveaway!

Ella said...

Melissa,
Your canvas is breathtaking. I would love to win one.

Leanne Helums said...

Looking forward to seeing the rest of your room. I loved your canvas and I would love to win one. :)

gentle spirit said...

Your porch looks lovely, and the picture of a sweet memory makes it all the more special.

Brittany Keating said...

It's so very lovely. I'd adore winning a canvas. And I've always wanted to visit Boone Hall Plantation.

Ja'Net Lascano said...

That canvas is lovely! Looking forward to the big reveal!

Claire Killeen said...

I love your website and seeing the screened in porch makes me look forward to the summer days ahead. I can't wait to see the finished product!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win a print.
I subscribe to CW and GA. I sure enjoy your articles in CW.
Shari Harniss
Houston, TX

Laura said...

The porch is beautiful Melissa!!

Alinda said...

I'm so anxious to see your finished porch that I'm checking in daily to see if you've posted the big reveal! (Well, I already do that anyway;) The sneak peeks you've offered so far are quite lovely and the canvas is such a great idea for achieving that "getaway" experience! Hmm, I think if I won the canvas I'd use one of my photos of the gardens at Biltmore Estate, a family favorite destination. :)

Cindy said...

I absolutely LOVE this canvas! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures for your home project!

Angela McRae said...

I love the painted brick, and your photos look so charming against that backdrop!

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