Screened-in porch updates for summer

I can’t believe how this summer is flying by! I haven’t even had time to share the updates we made to our screened-in porch at the Lake. This season we took a closer look at how we were actually using the porch, decided to eliminate some things, and we were able to rearrange and add seating which greatly expanded our living/entertaining options! Now the entire family loves hanging out here.

Screened-in porch updates for summer

The key to creating the perfect outdoor space is making it feel like an extension of your home. Think of an outdoor area the same way you’d think of your living room.

Adding Art makes your outdoor space feel more like a living space. I used an easy DIY for these prints.

Adding comfortable furniture makes it easy to curl up and relax.

Because I can see the screened-in porch from most of my indoor areas, I made sure the colors harmonize throughout both spaces. I’ve kept the furniture neutral and added color and textures with textiles just as I do inside my home.

Adding cozy accesories

Our nights get cool here in Northern Michigan so I add throws everywhere, throws, poufs and lots of cozy pillows.

Furniture you can sink into and cozy throws to wrap up in.
Poufs are great not only for putting your feet up but can double as extra seating.

Add in some plants

I love mixing indoor and outdoor plants on porches and patios. The plants tend to grow really well for me outside—my favorite tip. Add fragrant plants to your seating areas, and you can’t help but appreciate the lovely scents as a breeze goes by. I have added Petunias, Lavender, and Rosemary to my porch this year.

Lavender topiary

Don’t forget the Art!

Bring on the art! Why not?? For our screened-in porch update, I’ve used pieces that I coated with poly for added protection against the elements. I wouldn’t put anything up outdoors that is wildly expensive or treasured, but for example, the Be Kind piece below is on summer number three and is holding up well.

Art can add touches of color to your porch just like it does inside your home
Mixing art and plants

An element of quirk

Accessories are my jam, and the quirkier, the better! Here I’ve added a bit of whimsical in a planter and a candlestick holder. A bonus, unique accessories are great conversation starters!

I love a quirky planter!

Fresh Flowers are always lovely.

I love flowers of all kinds, and wildflowers seem perfect for porch sitting. These I added to a rattan pitcher, which feels like summer.

We are spending so much more time out here this year!

Coffee in the am and wine in the evening
Always a good thing! 😉

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  1. Sara says:

    It always been a dream of ours to have a place with a screened in porch. Thanks for sharing yours Libbie; it’s so inviting!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Libbie this is so beautiful. You did an incredible job. I would spend lots of time out here. 😊

  3. Cat Michaels says:

    Sooooo inviting! We have a teeny screen porch, and I struggle to make it homey and comfy. Love the tip of making it an extension of our home!

  4. Libbie this was a good project. You gave me some great ideas. It is beautiful and inviting.

  5. Libbie, I love your screened in porch! Such a wonderful idea, all the benefits without the bugs! You really know how to accessorize, love the quirky and that planter was the bomb diddly! Such a great idea to add fragrant plants like the lavender and rosemary, just fabulous my friend!

  6. Alyssa says:

    So cozy and such a vibe!!!

    PS – love the blog/website update!!

  7. Crissy says:

    Love your aesthetic, Libbie! The colors in the artwork and pillows are so lovely and soothing. I would definitely want to come and hang out with you for some coffee or wine on the porch!

  8. maria says:

    The porch looks so comfy and warm. Great job

  9. Lynne says:

    Libbie, your porch looks so welcoming! I love how you added artwork to make it a real extension of your home. Pinned!

  10. Wow, what a posh and stylish porch. It all looks great and so well put together. I love it all.

  11. Marie says:

    Totally thought I had commented on you gorgeous space! Love all the small details like the candle holder, planters and the art on the wall!

  12. What a lovely screened-in porch you have to enjoy.

  13. Joanne says:

    What a beautiful porch! It is so cozy and welcoming.

  14. Renae says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  15. Kelly says:

    You should e created the perfect spot! I love that you enjoy coffee in the am and wine in the pm! Just beautiful!

  16. Jayne says:

    This is so lovely! It must be fabulous to be able to sit outside in the evening without being attacked from all sides by mosquitos! I love the colour scheme you chose too, very pretty!

    • Libbie Burling says:


      Having the screened-in porch on a lake is such a gift! The mosquitos are crazy this year!

  17. Janet says:

    This is wonderful looking Libbie. I wish I had a screened porch to do something similar.

  18. Melba says:

    Looks just wonderful! But the wall art is stunning! Love it so much!

  19. Next spring we are going to renovate our porch, so thank you so much for the inspiration. This really looks lovely!

  20. Cindy says:

    Your screened in porch turned out so pretty.

    I grew up with one. I still love them. NJ summers are getting more and more humid. Being outside is no fun anymore

  21. Carol Karl says:

    You’ve done a great job of styling your porch. I have always wanted a screened in porch or conservatory. It’s on my list! Thanks for sharing this.


  23. Amy Johnson says:

    Just gorgeous! We screened in one of our porches this summer too and just love it!

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