10 June 2015
We have our preliminary house plans to tweak and there are rooms that need to be shrunk down.
We have a very over sized garage for my husbands tools-saws and more saws-really a shop of sorts
just attached to the house.
He loves to build and in his retirement years that is exactly what he hopes to be doing.
My mind is a whirl wind of choices today for everything-
Inside, outside and my thoughts are in a muddle on whether or not to use Haint blue on the
ceiling of the back porch or cedar on our French Country Home
We have a backyard view of nature, plenty of trees and cute critters to watch too.
We plan on spending as much time as possible on our back porch.
Rocking in our rockers, listening to the cicada's, reading and sipping sweet tea.
So decorating the porch is just as important to both of us as any of the inside furnishings.
This is why I am wondering what you think and I am open to your thoughts,
so please share...
Painting a porch ceiling blue is not a new notion.
In fact, painting porch ceilings blue gained popularity as far back as 1850.
Once just an old Southern tradition, painting porch ceilings blue extends all the way from the
Northwest to the Northeast.
There are many theories as to why one would paint a porch ceiling blue, on top of just loving it.
Some say, it will fool spiders and wasps into believing the ceiling is the sky and keep them away.
Others like the fact that having a blue porch ceiling seems to extend daylight hours, provides
relaxation and "feels," like the sky.
Many people suggest that the blue porch ceilings originated out of the fear of Haints,
a restless spirit of the dead, who for one reason or another, cannot move on from this earthly world
to the spiritual one.
Picking the best shade of blue is ever so important, I do not want the shade I choose (if I do)
look like an afterthought.
I think that just maybe the shutters on the front of the house should be an extension of the
same shade-do you?
Oh goodness, so many questions and decisions.
Here we have a cedar porch ceiling, I like it so much too.
It seems to add such a warmth, rich and earthy feel to me, what do you think?
My daughter and her husband added cedar to their back porch ceiling, she has written a
complete tutorial on DIY on her blog Crafty Texas Girls.
I suppose the cedar is also less maintenance, unless it needs to re-stained?
This is so natural, so appealing, especially with the natural back drop of the forest.
Looking forward to what you are all thinking.
Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.
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