From My Back Porch Looking In

November 19, 2011


Saturdays are so fun because the crew is home resting and I can USE the porch!! It is getting very close to completion!! Maybe another week or so – a bit unpredictable with the holiday. Our new front door should be coming this week, but the back door had an ordering problem, so it’s about a week behind. We also have lots of painting and staining to do, although we need to wait on some of the staining so the floor wood can cure.

We’re going for rustic barn meets Craftsman cottage. Our designer, Andres, did an amazing job!





I requested very shallow and wide steps…they are a DREAM to walk up and down!! SO much better than our rickety cement steps of yestermonth.


And beadboard!!


The beginnings of paint! We’re doing white on all the upper parts. For ultimate beach cottage feel.


I cannot believe we get to live on this porch. It is so much grander than I ever could have imagined, and I thank Andres’s strategic design for that!



Luckily my oats didn’t get cold while I photographed the porch. Because they were already chilled!


Simple overnight oats with banana, sunflower butter, chia and crumbled Hungry Bar.



Choffy!! Much more like hot chocolate than coffee. But nice and roasty!



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1 S November 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

The breadboard is sweet! Beautiful!


2 Kaci November 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

Oh man what a GORGEOUS porch!! Your designer and crew are doing a magnificent job!!


3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

Whoa – that is a serious porch! Are you do excited? I would get a space heater out there to enjoy it this winter. :)


4 Khushboo November 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

You must get a swing for the porch!! Perfect for summertime!


5 Jenn November 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

Your back porch looks amazing already! LOVE the doors, they’re awesome. Can’t wait to see the finished product.


6 [email protected] November 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

It’s so beautiful! Is that screening in the openings, or will it be glass? Or both? It looks like screen in the photos but I’m not sure.
Love the white paint!


7 KathEats November 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

All screens!


8 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 19, 2011 at 10:07 am

That is truly a *dream* porch! WOW! It is so beautiful and grand looking! …..You will LOVE it and never regret it, even for a milla-second! Have a wonderful day, Kath!


9 Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

I am utterly jealous and totally in awe of your porch! You have such a great eye for interior design. I must learn your ways.


10 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl November 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

Can you say bbq party!!!! That porch is beautiful, congrats….perfect for summer evenings, blogging breakfasts, am yoga and fun!

Nice work! Have a wonderful weekend!


11 KathEats November 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

YOGA!!!!!!! I didn’t even think of that!!


12 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl November 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

ha ha!! that’s funny! good idea, right??!!!



13 Angel7 November 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

I love the design of your porch! It is awesome! Kudos to the designer!!!

Will your porch be heated–I am thinking that it probably will?


14 KathEats November 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

No, it’s screened-in


15 Christina @ Just Running November 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

Are you a fan of country music?


16 KathEats November 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

Absolutely! <3 Brad Paisley the most


17 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

How exciting to be close to completion…I love the cottagey look!


18 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

Nice Porch! I love, love beadboard. I think I’d put a chaise lounge out there and live in it most of the day. 😉


19 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

Wow Kath, it looks great! The perfect porch for enjoying a cold bowl of oats on! 😉


20 Lynn @ the actor's diet November 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

A screened in back porch! My dream!!!


21 Anna November 19, 2011 at 11:03 am

With every new picture of your porch, I get a little more jealous! It looks terrific. What are the dimensions? (it is required by law for me to ask that, because both my parents are architects)


22 KathEats November 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

:) Ha. It’s 16 x 13!


23 Antonia @ healthinspirations November 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

Wow. Your porch looks amazing. It’s huge. Can’t wait to see it in its finished state. Have a great weekend!


24 polly November 19, 2011 at 11:06 am

love your porch, kath! hope you guys are well and enjoying this season. I am sure the bakery is getting busy with bread orders for the big day! gobble gobble. love to you both! XOXO


25 KathEats November 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Hey Pols!!! Come visit soon!


26 Molly @ RDexposed November 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

Good vision description! It’s looking so homey.


27 Emily November 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

Beautiful porch! Perfect for relaxing and entertaining!


28 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

Wow, that is going to be amazing! Those are my two favorite styles! I can’t wait to see how they blend together. You have incredible taste, so I imagine it will be beautiful!


29 Sarah November 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

Love the porch! We are thinking of redoing our porch/patio next summer and this throws a whole ‘nother option into it! I love a covered porch.


30 Sarah November 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

Comment 26! 😉


31 KathEats November 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

:) – someone beat you to it!


32 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm

It’s looking great! It’s too bad that it’s just getting finished as the cold weather is setting in. You must be so anxious for the summer to come so that you can use it everyday! 😀


33 Meagan November 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

That’s so beautiful Kath!


34 Roxanne November 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I think it looks a whole lot better than my 4X4 porch….. LOL


35 Cait's Plate November 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Have you ever had Choffy on OpenSky? If not…I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing that deal! 😉

LOVE LOVE LOVE the porch! That’s such an incredible space to have!


36 KathEats November 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

No, it hasn’t been in yet


37 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

your porch is looking great!!! So fresh and new! And I sure wouldn’t mind my coffee being more like hot chocolate… haha


38 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

love the porch—it looks fabulous, Kath!

Have fun with that one :)


39 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

WOW the porch looks great!! Its come such a long way!


40 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

The porch is looking great! It should be fun in warmer weather!


41 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) November 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Your porch looks amazing. So inviting! I would spend all day out there! Enjoy your Saturday.


42 Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

That is a mighty fine porch! I bet you’re looking forward to it being finished so you can actually enjoy it! Anyhoo, enjoy your Saturday!


43 Tabitha November 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Wowzers! What a perfect place to read a book and sip tea. The vaulted ceilings and beadboard put it in the category “over the top amazing.”


44 Erin @ Big Girl Feats November 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

SO beautiful! Oh gosh. I’m swooning. So exciting for you and Matt!


45 Amanda November 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Your porch is looking great! I love the whole beach cottage feel with the white ceiling. Beautiful!


46 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! So glad for you — porches are the best of the best! : )


47 Alaina November 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Beautiful porch! And I love the song that your title came from. :-)


48 Lea @ Healthy Coconut November 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I always wanted to live in a house with a porch. I live in SoCal and I didn’t see a lot of houses while growing up with porches but I do see them when I travel elsewhere. I would love a porch like that in the future. Love the extension of the outdoors but within the comforts of your own home.


49 Samantha November 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

What I’m wondering is about the gap above the doors. Isn’t the point of the screen to keep the bugs out? I do love the way the sliding doors look though…


50 KathEats November 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm

It will be screened!


51 S November 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

The little 1-2 inch gap….will be screened? I guess I’ll just wait and see it! Gonna be sweet!


52 Amanda November 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

That Choffy sounds amazing. I just went and ordered my own. I’ve been wanting something hot chocolate like without all the added sugar. Hopefully this will be a great substitute!


53 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

That porch is a food bloggers dream! I love the bead board. So cottage/beachy feeling :)


54 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

It’s coming along quite nicely!!


55 Michaela November 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

wow, this looks just fab!! just like the rest of ur house :)


56 Julie November 20, 2011 at 1:14 am

The porch is gorgeous so far. It doesn’t even look like it needs a painting!


57 Elisabeth November 20, 2011 at 6:57 am

I LOVE the new porch! :)


58 Hope November 20, 2011 at 8:46 am

Wow! The porch is looking beautiful! I love the cottage feel.


59 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Ooooh it’s going to be SO nice! I’d probably spend every minute out there…even in the cold. Hello space heaters, blankets, and hand warmers!


60 JenATX November 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm

i have a question if you don’t mind me asking- did your rent go up at all? Its such a nice porch and an investment for the owners so I was wondering if they passed any of the cost along to yall… hopefully not!


61 KathEats November 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Jen did you miss that we bought the house!? We moved in in September.


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