In progress: black & white screened-in porch

Internet, this may be the first time I can legitimately say I’ve ever been inspired by something from the Kardashians. But there’s a first time for everything, non?  I’ve got a client right now with a gorgeous new construction home on a beautiful piece of land, and we’ve been systematically furnishing several rooms in her house since New Year’s. And as is typical with most projects, it takes a long time to design, propose, order, and then receive all the pieces to get a finished room in place. Rarely does it ever happen as quickly as it happens in, say, the One Room Challenge.

But! That being said, one space where we’ve been able to do a quick turnaround has been on their enormous screened-in porch. This particular porch is on what is technically their first floor, but it’s elevated as they have a walk-out basement below. The client wanted it to feel like a chic resort, and I couldn’t agree more. There’s tons of other spaces for entertaining, kids, etc., but this space has the potential to be distinctly adult and dreamy.

Super crappy “before” shots via my iPhone on an extremely icy and blustery day.

Because the homeowner is so excellent in knowing exactly what she wants when it came to designing and building their home, she had the builder put in the hooks for a hanging daybed, which I immediately approved of (obviously). But because it’s large enough that we would need another sofa or something opposite the swing I said, “What if we doubled down on the swing idea and did a pair of them?”

Black and white outdoor living room inspiration via Architectural Digest. Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian's covered patio with pair of hanging daybeds in monochromatic color scheme. #getthelook #outdoorliving #kardashians

Here’s where the Kardashians come into play. That gorgeous patio from Architectural Digest with the pair of black hanging daybeds is EVERYTHING. And I knew this was the perfect inspiration shot to jumpstart the entire design of the space.

The flooring is a pale grey tile and the trim is painted in a dark black with white accents around the windows (not shown). It’s crisp, slightly contemporary, and has a stained ceiling which probably wouldn’t have been my first choice, but it’s there. We’ll make it work.

We’re primarily wanting to bring in lots of black and white and load it up with texture. Check out all these gorgeous spaces:

We’ll ground it all with a large patterned rug and bring in custom daybed mattresses and plenty of comfy pillows for lounging. And while we’ll be having our favorite carpenter build the swings (he also built mine and everybody else’s at Carlton Landing), you can order them on Etsy from a handful of different sellers. Of course, if you’re in the OKC area, definitely call Bert Scott with R&B Door Company to have him build you one.


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