An inspired screened porch

By Michelle Kelly | 25 Oct 2010

We recently received a reader e-mail that simply made my day. There’s nothing that I like more than to hear that something in the magazine or on the blog inspired a cottager to change their decor. When Heather Dowell saw our June 2008 story, “Personal Space,” the screened porch caught her eye. “I carried that vision around and this year, it became a reality at our own cottage,” she writes.

They took a outdoor deck at the side of their cottage and screened it in, and added a fresh nautical theme for the decor, mostly fashioned from recycled and repurposed materials. It’s gorgeous! Check out the results as well as the initial inspiration, after the jump:

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The table on the right is made from an old door that Heather picked up at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. They refinished it and added legs. The chairs, once languishing under the cottage, were freshened up with paint. The cot on the left was found on Kijiji and "are perfect for an afternoon snooze," she says. I bet!


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The chandelier ("wild thing" as Heather calls it) started as a skeleton lamp from the Restore. The birch log lamp on the right was another "in-house" project.

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The classic white and blue colour combo really suits a lakeside environment, and the small touch of Chinoiserie brings a nice element of surprise.

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Another cot in the opposite corner. I also love the octopus pillows.

And the shots that inspired them…

"Personal Space," from our June 2008 issue

"Personal Space," from our June 2008 issue

Heather, you’ve done an amazing job! Thanks for sharing!