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the sleeping porch

Before I started this room transformation, I could picture it in my mind’s eye…

Dreamy and ethereal, with a bit of cottage comfort thrown in for good measure.

My goal was to limit the number of “new” items in the room, drawing upon flea market, craigslist, garage sale, consignment store and thrift store finds to fill the space. Virtually nothing was purchased specifically for this room. I simply used items that I had on hand and in many cases, repurposed. The sleeping porch transformation (before, before, before) was truly done on a shoestring budget!

Here’s the run down…

Thrift store finds: french bed (Salvation Army! before), oil painting, booksĀ (turned into book bundles), Canadian Crown mason jars (turned into hanging votive lights), bed skirt

Flea Market finds: clock, silver tray, trophies, nesting baskets, blue bottle, chenille blanket

Craigslist finds: armoire (before), french chair (before)

The side table was a $7 find from a vintage furniture shop that was going out of business (before), the vintage typewriter was a garage sale find, the clock faces were found on etsy, the nesting baskets were purchased from Urban Farmgirl via Tattered Tiques, the other baskets were purchased at a consignment shop The Pink Geranium, the library table, “Langston” sign, and blue battery jar were found at Steeplechase Antiques, the mercury glass lamp was borrowed from another room but refreshed by creating a rosette shade (tutorial coming soon), the bed linens are a hodge podge straight from the linen closet.

I only purchased “new” items if the perfect vintage ones weren’t easily available. The Swedish Stripe cotton rug is from Dash & Albert and “grounds” the space perfectly. The simple cotton window panels were found at World Market. The bedside table lamp is the Whitney task lamp from Pottery Barn.

So there you have it…a sleeping porch transformation done on a little budget, with a lot of elbow grease.

A labor of love.

Linking up to these wonderful parties:

{Primp}

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  1. You have outdone yourself. This is absolutely exquisite.

    March 14, 2012
  2. Ido #

    Oh my gosh Susan! The sleeping porch is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! worthy of a magazine!
    XXX Ido

    March 14, 2012
  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    March 14, 2012
  4. Your sleeping porch should definitely be in Romantic Homes! It is absolutely stunning, and seemed to come together much faster than most of my projects!

    March 14, 2012
  5. Oh my you have really out done yourself with this one….you watch the magazines will come calling!!! BRAVO

    March 14, 2012
  6. the nights are warm enough, you could start now … !!!!

    are you taking reservations!

    March 14, 2012
  7. It is gorgeous! I can’t believe you found that bed at a thrift store. Every detail is just perfect – you have such a talent for bringing everything together.

    March 14, 2012
  8. I love this room! You are one of the first blogs I check, and I am never disapointed in what I see. Thank you for bringing us along on your journey.
    Lana

    March 14, 2012
  9. Rachel Smith #

    Love it! Especially the Langston sign – that was my Grandmother’s maiden name.

    March 14, 2012
  10. Yup, it’s gorgeous. Perfect. Magazine worthy.
    I’ve been eyeing up that lamp at PB also…..love it!
    I was in Home Sense yesterday and thought of you =)

    March 14, 2012
  11. I love this room! Your’s is one of the first blogs I check, and I am never disapointed in what I see. Thank you for bringing us along on your journey.
    Lana

    March 14, 2012
  12. when can i come sleep there?! it is AMAZING!!!!!!!! so beautiful!!!

    March 14, 2012
  13. Utterly and completely beautiful! I would love to have a slumber party šŸ˜‰

    March 14, 2012
  14. I feel a nap coming on and I know the most exquisite place to take one. Hmmmm I think I hear someone knocking at your door šŸ™‚

    March 14, 2012
  15. Christy #

    WOW!!! It is absolutely beautiful!

    March 14, 2012
  16. I am pea green with envy. What a beautiful space. I have an area under my deck with a white metal bed. This is what I dream of creating. Thank you for the inspiration!

    March 14, 2012
  17. Vicki K #

    Mission beautifully accomplished!! What a dreamy room – I’d want to stay and stay.

    March 14, 2012
  18. Outstanding! I would love to have a slumber party šŸ˜‰

    March 14, 2012
  19. Heather Fowler #

    So beautiful!! What a wonderful space to rest! Great job!

    March 14, 2012
  20. Kim #

    What a vision you had for this space. It is truly remarkable. Mark my word, this will be in a magazine or book soon.

    March 14, 2012
  21. That could not be any more perfect!!! Oh, how I would love to spend time in that cozy bed with a good book… Fabulous job!

    March 14, 2012
  22. Omg! Can I come over for a sleep-over!? This is ah-ma-ZING!!! Who knew those baskets could look so awesome!!

    You, my friend…are MAGIC!

    I will be at TT tomorrow hopefully around 9:30-10. Will you be around? Would love to see you!

    Mary

    March 14, 2012
  23. there’s ‘my’ blue vase again – lovely lovely lovely!

    March 14, 2012
  24. Gorgeous! This gives the meaning to SWEET DREAMS a whole new level! Is the such a thing as THE SWEETEST DREAMS?

    March 14, 2012
  25. fantastic!

    March 14, 2012
  26. Colleen #

    Unbelievable, truly. We recently moved from Wilmette to Ashland, OR and are moving into our new old farmhouse (with sleeping porch!) in two weeks. Can’t wait to get started now that I’ve found you šŸ™‚ Funny that it took moving from next door to you to across the country to discover your blog! Thank you for your inspirational elbow grease.

    March 14, 2012
  27. Wow! I LOVE the sleeping porch!

    March 14, 2012
  28. EVERY TIME I THINK YOU COULDN’T GET ANY BETTER, YOU DO!!! I LOVE THIS ROOM! I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS IN MY HOME. YOU MAKE EVERYTHING LOOK SO EASY. ARE YOU TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THIS ROOM BECAUSE I WOULD LOVE TO STAY THERE!!

    March 14, 2012
  29. kristie #

    It’s perfect!

    March 14, 2012
  30. Donna C. #

    Oooohhhh myyyyy…..love it!!! This is truly a piece of beautiful art. You completely outdone yourself. This has to be shown in Romantic Homes, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Southern Living….etc…I mean what magazine would Not want this in their mag?!?!!!!! Completely amazing. QUESTION for you though? How many months did it take you to collect all of these things & then to put it into action. I don’t know how you do it all but you are incredible!!! Also as a note…I don’t know how you find some wonderful stuff. My thrift stores never have such a beautiful bed, armoire, anything like these pieces. Fabulous job!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Again, LOVE IT!!!!

    March 14, 2012
  31. I just love your styling. Very beautiful. And very inspiring.

    March 14, 2012
  32. So beautiful, and I cannot believe you found that bed at Salvation Army!

    March 14, 2012
  33. Oh my stinking goodness. There aren’t words…that is ridiculously beautiful! Do you ever leave? i am soo excited to have found your blog!

    March 14, 2012
  34. Oh Susan, this room is beyond dreamy!!! I am so madly in love! So glad you kept the floors the way they were. If Country Living doesn’t come photograph your house it would be a crime!

    March 14, 2012
  35. Wendy #

    Absolutely stunning! You have such a gift. I can’t stop staring at these photos. ā™„

    March 14, 2012
  36. Carrie #

    You did a BEAUTIFUL job. I would sleep there in a heart beat!

    March 14, 2012
  37. seriously!?! This is beyond gorgeous!! Love every dreamy detail! The side table lamp looks like one at Pottery Barn I have been admiring. Glad you linked this up to the cottages and bungalows party at whisper wood cottage…magazines to publish this! You should also submit it to Romantic Homes…check their editorial email in the mag…
    amazing job, Susan….I love it so much!

    March 14, 2012
  38. Laurie Shields #

    Be still my heart!!!

    March 14, 2012
  39. This is gorgeous!!! I looove all the white. Makes me wish I had a sleeping porch šŸ™‚

    March 14, 2012
  40. Totally top notch work! Really beautiful!

    March 14, 2012
  41. Oh Susan, dreamy is right! And so magazine worthy. I recall how much work the painting was for you, but so worth it! I love all the white with hints of blue, especially in the soft floral linens. Will you use this gorgeous space as a guest room? Just perfect!

    March 14, 2012
  42. Magazine worthy! So, so beautiful! šŸ™‚ My mother in law has a similar bead she said I could have…now I want to run right over and get it!

    March 14, 2012
  43. So gorgeous! I love that you did it on a shoestring (thrifting) budget. Love it all!

    March 14, 2012
  44. robin allen #

    Absolutely AHHHHMAZING….May I please use your porch for rest and recovery….Great Job!!!!

    March 14, 2012
  45. Gorgeous – I would love to sleep there!

    March 14, 2012
  46. Kim #

    Dreamy was the first word that popped into my head. I”m in love with your room. I’m afraid I would never leave. And I love, love, love the “Langston” sign as Langston is my maiden name. Love, love, love and want your room. Now go enjoy it.

    March 14, 2012
  47. Wow ! What a beautiful transformation, I love it , love it, LOVE IT ! Everything is perfect…The bed, the sheets, the armoire, the baskets, the rug, the chair…everything is just so perfect !
    And you did it on a budget, I am really impressed !

    March 14, 2012
  48. Jennifer #

    Susan, this room is absolutely beautiful. You have an enormous talent for what you do. I have been lurking around your blog for over a year and never left a comment before but had to let you know that this room is perfect in every detail. I am not a follower and have never left a comment, but just know there are probably hundreds like me out here checking your blog every single day. You never disappoint! Thank you for your constant inspiration and daily dose of gorgeous!!

    March 14, 2012
  49. wow, it turned out quite nicely–you should be very proud!

    March 14, 2012
  50. I’ve died and gone to sleeping porch heaven…it’s just perfect!

    March 15, 2012
  51. Nana #

    No more guest cottage for me. I’m sleeping on the sleeping porch. Hope my snoring doesn’t bother you. Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL !!!

    March 15, 2012
  52. Lynne #

    Are you freaking kidding me? I started reading this post and was blown away by the pictures! It took my brain time to connect these beautiful images with your “before” porch. You did an amazing job! I love every single thing in this room, and I rarely love everything people do. What fantastic finds! I want to go shopping with you so I can beat you to all the good stuff!;-) great great job!

    March 15, 2012
  53. Sylvia #

    Amazing. Magazine worthy for sure.

    March 15, 2012
  54. AMAZING! you did a wondeful job with your sleeping porch… i have always wanted one of those. beautiful details!

    March 15, 2012
  55. Let me tell you something, lady. You are SO talented. Hope you know that–room is gorgeous. Hope you don’t mind…would love to feature it soon on the blog!
    šŸ™‚
    shaunna

    March 15, 2012
  56. Vanessa Bower #

    Your sleeping porch is beautiful !!!!!!
    I guess your definition of “shoestring budget” and mine are complete opposites. I can’t imagine nor would my “budget” allow me to spend $150.00 just for the bedside lamp !!!!!!!!!
    None the less, it is amazing and I wouldn’t turn down an invitation to spend the night there.
    Thanks for the inspiration and wonderful eye candy.

    March 15, 2012
  57. I didn’t read all of the comments before me, so I don’t know if others have asked, but when should I be there for a weekend of hiding on your sleeping porch? And since I consider myself your new best friend I think I should be first on the list.

    Seriously, it’s incredible. You did a beautiful job top to bottom. When I saw that you had photographed it with crumpled bed covers I just knew…..I like this girl. Lisa~

    March 15, 2012
  58. You have created a beautiful, peaceful space that is inspiring in so many ways!!
    I love every detail!!
    Thank you for sharing…I’m sure dreams will be sweeter in this room!!

    March 15, 2012
  59. Maresa #

    one word-BREATHTAKING!

    March 15, 2012
  60. I’m a little behind on blogging and reading my favorite blogs since our kiddos are out for spring break this week. I LOVE your sleeping porch! It’s so loverly! I especially love the “Langston” sign…that’s my maiden name. šŸ™‚

    March 15, 2012
  61. Carolyn #

    I just have one word to say “AMAZING!!!”

    March 19, 2012
  62. Found you thru Urban Farmgirl on fb! LUV @ 1st sight & a new follower! šŸ™‚

    March 20, 2012

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