One of my favorite rooms in our home is our back porch veranda. It’s where we dine, where we sit by the fire, and where we enjoy our backyard view.
I have always wanted a porch. We have never had a front porch that was large enough to sit and enjoy. When we remodeled our home twenty years ago, we added a porch in the back, And I love our “outside room” that I fondly call our veranda. I love the covered veranda, the view, our table, the fireplace, and our heaters!
This is our back yard. Our back porch is the area on the right. It’s a covered area. I added curtains so we could feel as if it was a private room. That’s kind of funny because the only time we closed the curtains is if it is really cold!
There are so many things about our veranda that I love. Today I thought I would share my five favorite things about our porch.
I am sharing this because a lot of you have asked me how you can to incorporate some of the things we have done on our porch into your home. So here are the details.
Five Things I Love About Our Veranda
Our Covered Porch
It never rains in sunny Southern California. Which might make you question why we need a covered porch! It’s the sun that we need to get shelter from and this area has been perfect for that. Over the years we have had both seating and dining in this area. I can’t decide which I like the most.
The covered veranda is wonderful. It has a bead board ceiling and has never leaked in over twenty years.
I sit on our back porch a lot. I love sitting out here to work on my blog. I love just sitting and reading. And I love watching the squirrels and other animals play. (We have birds, squirls, raccoons, and have even spotted a deer!)
I do love the view. Especially when it’s raining.
Our Patio Furniture
Last year I worked with Arhaus and we acquired this amazing dining room table and chairs. It’s from the Arhaus Hamptons Outdoor Dining Collection. The chairs are the Hamptons Outdoor Dining Side and Arm Chairs.
We eat out here all spring and summer long and I love this Arhaus dining room set. Isn’t it just fabulous?
Already this year we have had some amazing dinners out here on our back porch. We have family in town this weekend and I can promise you we will be dining under the veranda!
Do you remember the Nutcracker dinner I created last year for the holidays? It was so perfect on our back veranda.
Isn’t this a great setting?
Obviously the highlight of our porch is the fireplace. When we remodeled our home is 2000, I knew we wanted an outdoor fireplace. We found all of the bricks in the middle of our “soon to be family room”. It was not a good surprise at first, as we had no idea there was a three-story brick fireplace hiding inside our walls.
But once we discovered we could reuse the bricks, we were thrilled to have found 100 year old bricks!
The fireplace is wood burning and just wonderful.
This is a much older photo of our veranda before we got our amazing patio furniture.
A few years after we built this patio, I surprised my husband with heaters that I had installed in the ceiling. Dave is always cold and these seemed like the perfect addition to our patio. Eighteen years later and the heaters are still working perfectly. Our heaters are made by Infratech although there are a lot of brands available when you search for “ceiling heaters”.
The heaters aren’t that noticeable and I love that they provide so much warmth whether we are dining or just sitting out on our back porch and enjoying the view.
I really love our veranda. By the way, the bucket is vintage. I bought it at a flea market. The flowers are faux and I love that they look so great and last all year long.
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