Monday, February 4, 2013

~ Flipping The Sunporch From Winter to Spring ~

 With Punxsutawney Phil forecasting an early Spring that has given me the green light to start flipping the sun porch over from Winter decor to Spring decor. I'm ready to let the bunnies out, add some lighter floral decor and enjoy the sun pouring through the windows. I have a list a mile long of things I'd really like to change out here, they'll come as time permits.
I'm so glad I decided to paint the walls this delicious color of green. It's a bright and happy color no matter the time of day or night. We lived in the house for 3 years before adding on the 3 car garages, in the process we decided to add the sun porch in between, originally meant to be a breezeway which usually turns into a wind tunnel. I'm so glad the decision was made to close it in, adding yet another room for me to enjoy decorating. Over the past 16 years it's gone through quite a few decorating changes.

When we moved from our other home the antique kitchen cabinet was used as a display piece in a small room used for clients to stop by and shop. After the addition of the garages and sun porch were made, the decision to open the shop was still on the back burner the piece needed a home, the inside was full, the sun porch was the perfect venue. A few years back while Mr. P was still able to get around he helped me re-glue all the loose legs, now that baby is as sturdy as it can be. As you can see it holds quite a few things. Come closer and take a look.
Once the room was painted I raided the pantry and brought all the green dishes out to display behind the glass doors. The plates all the way in the back with the green ivy trim belonged to Mother, you may recall seeing them in a tablescape HERE.
Here's a little better shot of the ivy edged plates.
Everyone knows I love my bunnies, doesn't matter the shape or color. Quite a while back I found the weather vane bunny at Target. I recall at the time paying $29.99 , I didn't feel that was too bad a price for this treasure. The large green vase was gift from my girlfriend many years ago. For the longest time I had green in the dining room and it was used as a centerpiece on the dining room table. I think it's the perfect fit for this room.
The small tea set was mine as a child, one of the grands broke a couple of the pieces and are now glued. I don't take it out often but recall vividly the day Mother gave it to me, that memory always puts a smile on my face. The rabbit tureen was purchased while still working outside the home.
While shopping at Nell Hill's last summer I spotted these darling bird plates, I knew immediately they would be the perfect fit for the sun porch.
For as long as I can remember I've always loved an old screen door. Mr. P brought this home to me about 10 years ago. My eyes filled with tears the day he said come out and see what I brought you, the thoughtfulness of him knowing how much I love old screen doors was such a priceless gesture.

Have your started getting out your Spring decor or do you wait until the first day of Spring? Our winter has been so fickle this year, I'm ready for the grass to green up, push those windows open and let the fresh breezes blow in.

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Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I haven't started any Spring decor, we have snow on the ground and LOW temps are forecast for all week. Today I am going to clean up and organize the storage area in the basement. It has needed to be done sonce all the Christmas got put away. At least THAT is organized:):) Hope Mr. P. is OK. XOXO, Pinky

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I do love that color on your walls...and your room is so pretty...I want to sit there and visit with you!

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful, Lynne! You are always up to something! I really love the wall color and the tureen! Hurry spring! :)


Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

That green is fantastic! I love it. There is something very zen about it. Looks great with the hutch up against it and all of your white goodies looks so great and really stand out!

Sarah said...

Lynne, your sun room is much larger than ours. It would be nice to have a hutch or cabinet filled with dishes. I make do with a couple of chests, and a few tables. Recently added a small bamboo side table. Now I want to have new cushions made for the chairs. I'm thinking of finding fabrics for spring and summer and then something different for fall and winter. Then I can give the room a bit of a change that way. We use it year round. Love your collection of green ceramics and your bunny weather vane. ~ Sarah

On Crooked Creek said...

Alright...this is my favorite post for the week and it isn't even Tuesday yet, dear friend!!!
I L O V E bunnies and yours are exquisite!!! Can't decide which I have enjoyed viewing the most. . .the weather~vane bunny or the bunny tureen!!! Lovely pieces and so magnificiently displayed!!!
I have a few "green" dishes and continue to search for more each time I'm out antiquing!!!
Thanks for bringing a bit of "fresh air" to our uncommonly, unseasonable Winter Weather here on the Prairie!!!
That Mr. P...he is amazing!!! Your screen door is stunning on your Sun Porch!!!
Thank you for inspiring me today!!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Can you hear that thunder of applause on your behalf? It's because you have gotten a jump on what is sure to be a huge undertaking for all of us as we look toward Spring! I don't have a closed-in porch (OH, how I wish I did!), but I'm sure there will be lots of tweaks around the house to herald the new season. But mine won't come for awhile still. Too lazy! :-) I love that antique kitchen cabinet! It reminds me of my grandparents' farm in Sabetha, KS. They had lots of cool furniture like that. Is that another set of drawers on the very bottom? They look different. What were they used for back in the day? You've done a great job of decorating with all the pretty green & white pieces. Sure LOOKS like Spring!!! :-)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love your sun porch and that color really is wonderful. You kitchen cabinet is fabulous and wow, so many beautiful things on it. Gorgeous vignettes. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

The HOME GIRL said...

Hi Lynne! This looks so pretty! Those greens are just fabulous! Looks like all you're missing now is some nice spring weather, eh? Have a great day! =D

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I am always ready for Spring. I will probably wait awhile..IF I can. Probably before the first of March..I will be headed out to look for pretty pots of flowers for the front porch.
Such a wonderful time to look forward to but I guess I love all seasons.
Your porch is fantastic. Is it closed in with glass or open with just screening. YOU are so talented in decorating..*sigh*

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Yes I started yesterday and bought my first bouquet of spring flowers for the foyer. I love your green and white dishes and your whole room for that matter. I keep thinking maybe we should turn our screened porch into a sunroom but then I would miss the sound of the screen door slamming. LOL! I love old screen doors too and especially the sound they make coming in and out (I know I"m wacky) which is why I will not let the mr. tighten it or put a spring hinge on it. I know I've told you this before but I sure do love the color of those walls in your sunroom! Beautiful!

Diane said...

Oh, what you have done with that old kitchen hutch! Such treasures have come to live there. I love all of the green and that screen door story brought tears to my eyes - having someone "get" you is the best present in the world!