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Last week, I shared all of my favorite rustic screened porches with you.  Why?  Because as you should well know by now, we love rustic best of all, and I thought those beautiful porches deserved their own post!  Today, I’m going to show you the rest of my “favorite screened porch collection”.  You will see that no matter what your style, no matter where you live, a screened in porch will fit seamlessly into your life.  Who doesn’t love the idea of sleeping outside (but inside at the same time)?  Or eating dinner al fresco- without the mosquitoes?  Or, best of all, curling up on the sofa with a book while the rain falls around you?  These are all joys that a screened porch can bring.  Let’s take a look.

 

I love the photo wall, and the way that the potted plants bring the outdoors in to this screened porch.  The floor to ceiling draperies also add a classy touch!

Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via City Data

 

The different styles that come together in this screened porch are incredible- are we at the beach?  In the South?  The Southwest?  Who knows!  That’s what I love about it!

Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via House of Turquoise

 

This porch adds touches of rustic and traditional by mixing chinked logs with wicker chairs and floral prints.  I also love the versatility of this space- it can be a living room, reading room, or bedroom!

Screened In Porch | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

 

The large scale of this rustic-contemporary screened porch just makes me want to have a party here!

Screened In Porch | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

 

The brown hues mixed with bold pops of red create such a warm atmosphere in this room.  I would love nothing more than to read a book here during a rainstorm!

Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via Nautical by Nature

 

This is another great mix of styles.  Rustic log beams mix with seaside hues and textures that gives the feeling of an old Northeast fishing cabin.

Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via Jonson Berman

 

What can I say about this porch?  It wouldn’t work in the mountains certainly, but it is just beautiful!  Maybe I should move to the South.  Sweet tea anyone?

Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via Pinterest

 

Screened in bedrooms are some of the most exciting screened in rooms there are.  Who wouldn’t love to wake up to this?

Screened Porch Bedroom | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

 

For more screened porch ideas, follow us on Pinterest!  To contact us for help designing your own screened in paradise, visit our website today!

As summertime is approaching (actually, not in Steamboat, it’s snowing here today…), we start dreaming of ways to live outside in the coming months.  We long for bonfires, fireworks, iced tea and the sound of crickets in the air.  Well, I do at least.  Screened in porches are a long celebrated vision of summer, and today I want to share some of my favorite “rustic” screened porches with you.  This is a collection of lake-side fun and rugged beauty.  Next week, I’ll share the rest of the screened in porches that I love from all around the country and every different style, but today is devoted to hanging out in the mountains.

Screened in Dining:

Rustic Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via Design Associates

Rustic Screened Porch Dining | Home on the Range

Image via Home on the Range

Screened in Living:

Rustic Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

Rustic Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via RMT Architects

Rustic Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via Home on the Range

Rustic Screened Porch | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

Screened in Sleeping:

Rustic Screened Porch Bedroom | Home on the Range

Image via BeDe Design

 

For more screened porches, visit us on Pinterest!  For ideas on designing your own screened in porch, visit us at the Home on the Range showroom today, or click here to stop by our website!

We are so excited to have started our Ask the Designer series this week!  Thanks so much to everyone who submitted questions to us, sorry we couldn’t answer all of them!  If your question wasn’t answered this week, please feel free to resubmit it in our next round of questions, or any other questions that might come up in the mean time.  This week, we decided to answer the first three questions that we received, and the answers are straight from Lynne Bier, our Principal/Lead Designer, and the owner of Home on the Range (basically, as expert as expert gets).  So, without further ado, here’s the Q&A!

 

Question 1:

Tracy asks: Our house is so in need of a total redo. No idea where to start so we do nothing. Considering starting small – one bathroom. The bathroom has a blue formica countertop and beige 6X6 ceramic tile. This has to be a low budget re-do, so don’t want to touch the counter and the floor. Paralyzed by having to choose a modern color. Suggestions?

Answer: Tracy, you’re lucky that blue is back in style as a design color of choice!  Here in the mountains, we do need to be aware of how our blue comes across though… if you don’t warm it up with some other colors, you can wind up with an “igloo” impact.  There are a few different things that you can do to add color without spending tons of money.  Our favorite color palette right now is Pantone’s “Rugged Individuals” palette.  Any of these colors would be great additions to the blue that you already have going on, and would help to warm it up.  Choosing a neutral color for the walls is a great place to start… painting may be time consuming but it’s a cheap fix!  Next, consider combining some of the other colors in the shower curtain, rug and towels.

The Rugged Individuals Palette

The Rugged Individuals Palette

Don’t go with all the same color.  For a subtle look, try different shades of the same color.  For a bolder look, choose two or three colors and mix and match them in your accessories.

Another way to change the entire look and feel of a bathroom without a massive overhaul is with your mirror.  Adding interest to the mirror will make such a difference in updating your bathroom.  Depending on your budget, you can either choose a new decorative mirror (our personal favorite option) or you can add a frame to your existing mirror to give it a new look.

Image via Sabby in Suburbia

Image via Sabby in Suburbia

Image via Home on the Range

Image via Home on the Range

 

My final advice in updating your bathroom is this: light fixtures.  While it may be something that you don’t consciously notice when you walk into a bathroom, light fixtures are often the element that dates a room more than anything else.  Without seeing pictures of your bathroom, I can’t give you any specific advice on your current fixtures, but just know that it is a big thing to be aware of!  Good luck on your bathroom redo adventures!

 

Question 2:

Edith asks: How to update for a bigger TV without throwing out the magnificent mahogany hardwood TV cabinet ?

Answer: If the tv doesn’t fit in the cabinet any longer, it’s going to have to go!  The good thing is, it doesn’t have to go to the dumpster.  If you love the mahogany cabinet and just can’t bear to replace it, consider using it somewhere else in your home.  Maybe it could find a new life as a linen cabinet?  Maybe as an additional storage cabinet in a guest room?  If you can find a way to save this piece and give it a useful job somewhere else, you will feel much better about updating your tv area.  Now back to what to do with the new tv. Many people are dealing with this same issue right now- tvs just keep getting bigger and flatter, and it’s getting more and more difficult to find ways to contain them.  One new method that I personally love for hiding your flat screen tv in plain site is this- frame it.

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

 

Hanging a tv on the wall and putting a frame around it won’t hide it completely from view like your old cabinet may have, but it will make it look like something that is supposed to be there.  You will still want to place a new furniture piece underneath it to hold the cable box and dvd player (as well as make the space look complete), but if you don’t want to spend too much money, consider swapping the old tv cabinet with another furniture piece in your home.  They can switch places, and without spending much money, you can create a whole new look in your home.

 

Question 3:

Mary asks: With all the unfinished and rough surfaced woods (walls, cabinets, counters, furniture, decorative items) what do you suggest for dusting/cleaning?

Answer: Vacuums are your best friend!  Use a soft brush attachment to get down deep into all those little spaces… it will just suck the dust right out of them!  You can experiment with different attachments, but the soft brush is definitely my favorite.  Using anything else (paper towels, swiffer dusters, rags, microfiber, etc) will always leave behind little fibers that are hard to get rid of later.  My favorite vacuum to use is the handheld Dyson (they didn’t even pay me to say that!) because it’s so portable, and you can use it to get to anything, high or low.  But, really, any vacuum with attachments will work.

Well, that’s it for now!   Thanks again for all of the submissions, and if we didn’t get to your question this week please send it to us again next time.  We’re going to make this a monthly thing, and we’ll be accepting questions again on Facebook starting three weeks from now, so make sure and keep your eyes open for it!

We just can’t get enough of spring right now.  It might be the fact that the snow keeps melting, the grass is starting to poke through, the trees are budding, and the temperature keeps rising… might be.  In any case, today we have some great examples of rustic springtime design.  What I love most about these spaces is that they combine reclaimed materials and textures with pops of bold springtime colors.  This trend is a beautiful way to not only usher in a warmer, sunnier season, but to also keep the sunshine and warmth in your home year round.

Spring greens bring the outdoors in, which is one of our favorite benefits of rustic design:

Rustic spring green kitchen | Home on the Range

Image via Home on the Range

rustic spring green design | Home on the Range

Image via Texas Live Network

Spring Green Rustic Kitchen | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

 

Bold pops of color on walls and soft goods like pillows and bedding are another great way to bring the spring feeling into your space:

Spring yellow bedroom | Home on the Range

Image via Uncovet

Rustic color bedroom | Home on the Range

Image via Home on the Range

 

Mixing different complimentary colors is a bold way to add rustic flair to your home, while giving it an eclectic feel at the same time.  From subtle to striking, adding a mix of colors will undoubtedly create a statement to your space:

Rustic spring colors | Home on the Range

Image via Houzz

Rustic spring colors | Home on the Range

Image via Home on the Range

 

 

 

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