Swing Into Summer
Create an enclosed porch—perfect for relaxing the day away.
When Rita Razo began plans to renovate her circa 1911 bungalow in Woodlake, California, she had only herself to please. The dilapidated home needed much work: The original hardwood floors needed to be refinished, badly stained carpeting needed to be removed, and the plumbing and fixtures needed to be updated. Whatever Rita lacked in experience she made up for in determination, and soon the home bore the all the qualities she wanted, namely cozy American country décor. In the home’s unique enclosed front porch—one of Rita’s favorite spaces in the house—the elements of her style come together to create a bright, casual room that greets visitors, setting the stage for the relaxed environment inside. To get the look, consider these elements:
While the paint scheme was influenced by the home’s time period, Rita’s primary goal was to satisfy her own creativity. “Since the inside of my last house had been painted all antique white, I wanted some color,” she says. The yellow clapboard walls are a cheery greeting to visitors, who will find a few more variations of the color inside the home. The porch floor, previously a dreary gray, was painted soft, sea-foam green. To inject some contrast, the trim was painted a bold forest green. The result is a vivid yet complementary background for many of Rita’s American antiques.
Stick with classic American patterns, such as ticking stripes and seersucker fabric, for a relaxed look. Rita fashioned the throw pillows out of vintage fabric and vintage American flags.
Use bold graphic motifs to capture a nostalgic setting. An old sign hangs above the window for some vintage flair, while tin stars hung from the ceiling add a primitive Americana feel and a touch of whimsy. Colorful shaker boxes add to the look while warming up a small corner.
The porch swing, a family heirloom made by her father from an old aluminum cot, playfully alludes to the indoor/outdoor setting while infusing cozy seating and good memories. “Every time I sit on it, I think of the labor of love it was for [my father]; it holds many memories,” she says. The stained glass window hanging before the real window adds another layer of color and Rita’s personal style.
Written by Jickie Torres
Photography by Mark Tanner
Styling by Rebecca Razo and Hillary Black