Erin and Ben agreed with the homeowners that the home would be better served by restoring the original porch. The French doors get updated for proper function and are painted ox-blood on the exterior side to match the front door, and white on the inside in keeping with the interior trim.
A family of five uses this patio for play and relaxing coffee breaks in Decatur, Georgia outside Atlanta. Designer Gina Sims found the lockers on Craigslist and color blocked them for visual appeal. Backpacks, coats and shoes are all neatly contained within. The children's self-portraits hang above. This porch/patio is now super comfortable and inviting; a great place to unwind for both the work-at-home mom and her children.
This Decatur porch was just a thoroughfare for bikes and toys and suffered from a lack of style. Designer Gina Sims stepped in to rein in the chaos and also transform this porch into a beautiful but still livable space where the family would want to spend time together.
Without any true carpentry skills or heavy labor, what was a humdrum screened-in porch is now a colorful multipurpose place for lounging and entertaining thanks to a sectional sofa, clever use of rugs and mismatched grouping of tables.
The expansive covered porch takes on all the luxurious features of a living room with laid-back armchairs, a stone fireplace and a ceiling fan. The space also includes a grill and sink to complete the outdoor entertaining possibilities.