“When out of sorts with life or self,
A porch is hard to beat
As long as you’ve a comfy chair
And space to stretch your feet…”
Now, that is truth that DOESN’T hurt.
We know. Our store mostly targets the interior parts of a home. But did YOU know a portion of the products we sell can actually benefit a covered porch? Hmm…
Designer Cathy gives a few tips on getting your outdoors ready for the summer.
Number one. “You must treat the outside room just as you would treat an inside room,” says Cathy. A porch is just that, an extra room, but only it is outside. This means you must show attention and take care of its needs just as any other room inside the home–keeping it clean, updating colors and most importantly, filling it with pretty decor and furniture, which brings us to her second point.
She proclaims, “Decorate the porch with pieces that flow with the rest of the furniture in the home.” This does not mean you have to use the exact slipcovered sofa or loveseat that you have in your living room. However, when choosing a chair or sofa for the porch, allow that piece to easily blend in and not fight the look of the rest of the furniture. Cathy adds, “Cozy seating areas are what keep the conversation flowing!”
…As well as the lemonade..or wine. Moving on!
If you have seen our recent video on Facebook of Cathy decorating a dough bowl then the next tip should not be a surprise.
Number three. “You gotta have texture!” says the Brookhaven designer. You incorporate texture by applying rugs (indoor/outdoor hybrids), soft and “cushy” pillows, lamps, trays, throws, and even mirrors. Take advantage of those stunning containers that are all different sizes but belong together. Also, plants and other greenery are musts.
Her fourth point is about the walls. The walls of the porch should be used to add… “Why not a mirror? Why not an historical piece? Why not a piece of art?” Cathy inquires. Framing your favorite children’s and grandchildren’s art masterpieces can also be sweet additions.
Numero cinco. “Take advantage of the space,” says the designer. This is no brainer but needs to be stated because your home is not what is just inside the walls. So many homeowners enter and leave through the back door without admiring their outdoor footage. It’s there. It’s God given. Utilize it.
This extends to Cathy’s sixth tip which is to provide a sense of enclosure to bring warmth. When we are outdoors, we have to make sure that the atmosphere is inviting and close knit. The current weather is about as perfect as it can be in Mississippi. Create an outdoor space that is inviting for everyone.
Number seven focuses on one of our favorite things– lighting. Yes, lighting. Sounds odd talking about lighting your outdoors that is already illuminated by the sun. As the day turns into night, there is no reason to hurry inside if you have something to brighten your area, right? So, that is why Cathy recommends using pretty fixtures liked outdoor wall sconces, lamps or even a chandelier.
To sum it up in the words of Cathy, “A bit of imagination will allow you to see your space come to life and through all different aspects. Life is all about imagination!”
So true, Cathy. So true.
Now, go. Get outside. Enjoy this season. Fellowship with friends. And let us help you prep your outdoor space. Happy Spring!
“…A porch restores one’s sense of place,
Shows how all fits together,
Revealing ties that ease the heart
In any kind of weather. ” – “Porches” by Chuck Toll
Photos courtesy of our customers! (Disclaimer: Only select furniture pieces purchased at J.Allan’s)
LIGHT helps in the growth of our plants and the food we eat. LIGHT brings warmth to our skin on a cool day. LIGHT lets us see the beauties of the earth and the joys that surround us.
LIGHT = LIFE
Our homes represent all the intricacies of our lives, our spirit, our cravings, our love and even some (or lots) of our craziness. In order to relish and savor all of things that hold our home together, we must have LIGHT.
Lighting is the ambience of the room and sets the perfect mood. It helps display furnishings and decor with purpose. Light maintains a cozy atmosphere, if done correctly.
As we have stated before, the more natural light the better. But how does one achieve the goal of setting that perfect mood with fixtures such as lamps and chandeliers?
Let’s start with lamps. Lamps come in all sizes, shapes, colors, materials, etc. The possibilities are endless when it comes to shopping for lamps. However, when choosing that perfect lamp, one must be able to be in the scale of the furniture that the lamp will complement. When looking to illuminate the living room sofa, pick two that match and are the same height.
One big mistake is choosing too small of lamp. Remember, the purpose is LIGHT, so the smaller the lamp, the less glow. We recommend a 3-way bulb that produces three levels of light, usually 50 W, 100 W and 150 W. This allows for more flexibility when trying to set the right tone or mood. Lastly, take into account of the lamp shade. The shade can make the lamp look outdated if the size of shade does not correlate with the body. Many old lamps can be revitalized with just a new shade!
Chandeliers. We really, really love pretty chandeliers, which is why we have a generous assortment! When helping our customers pick out the right fixture, we look closely at the square footage of the room while also determining the objective. An ordinary misstep in hanging light fixtures is not suspending them low enough. An increase in chandelier height is a decrease in the lambency of a room. For a dining room, the average height that a fixture would need to be hung 30-32 inches above the CENTER of a table. The chandelier must, must be centered; otherwise, the look and feel will be also be off-centered.
An essential element needed to produce satisfactory lighting is a dimmer. A dimmer is used to lower the intensity of the light output. Chandeliers as well as exterior wall lanterns demand dimmers in order to attain the right ambience. It is truly amazing what such a small device can do for the surroundings.
The desire of good lighting is to balance style and functionality in the home. Like we’ve mentioned above, your home encompasses all the details of your lifestyle. Light is refreshing. Light makes us happy.
We also want to make you happy! At J.Allan’s, we have a broad collection of fixtures and lamps to liven up your home. While we do have many vendors that supply a multitude of fixtures and lamps, we provided just a few sites such as A&B, Uttermost, Gabby , Creative Co-Op, and Pacific Coast. If you see anything you like, call or come see us to special order, or browse through our own featured products here.
Photo courtesy of: Regina Andrew