Who lives here: Susan and Mark Lacek; their daughters, Emmy, 14, and Ally, 12; and their dog, Mr. B
Size: 325 square feet (30.2 square meters)
Designers: Laura Engen and Rob Edman
Year built: 1926, remodeled in 2015
Homeowners’ request: A place to gather with neighbors, a fireplace to roast marshmallows with the kids and a porch swing. “It was also important to have a Haint Blue ceiling and front door to ward off evil spirits,” designer Laura Engen says. Painting porch ceilings blue is a Southern tradition adopted for a variety of reasons, from deterring haints, or evil spirits, to tricking spiders and wasps into thinking it’s the sky and not making nests there.
Why this room: During the remodel of this converted Tudor home, the owners wanted outdoor spaces where they and their daughters — Emmy, 14, and Ally, 12 — could hang out and entertain friends. As for the aesthetic, the family once lived in the British West Indies, and wanted to bring that coast feel to Minnesota with a casual, relaxed beach theme. The fireplace extends the use of the space into spring and fall, despite chilly weather.
Game plan: The blue ceiling and beach theme drove the initial design concepts. Then, everything had to be family-friendly and durable. The homeowner provided designer Laura Engen with photos from Houzz and other sites to help spur ideas.
Splurges and savings: The homeowners splurged on the upscale wicker chairs and love seat, and saved on accent pieces such as the stump tables from Crate & Barrel.
Breakdown: Ceiling paint: Palladian Blue HC-144, Benjamin Moore; front-door paint: Wythe Blue HC-143, Benjamin Moore; Sunday porch swing: Ballard Designs; swing cushion fabric: Rascal Spa, Lee Industries; swing pillows: Ballard Designs; aqua swing pillow fabric: Kravet and Pindler; Sag Harbor lounge chair and ottoman: Kingsley Bate; lounge chair fabric: 33356 style in 515 color, Kravet; Sag Harbor rocker in driftwood finish: Kingsley Bate; rocker cushion fabric: 4553 Caldwell in aqua, Pindler; console table: NPD, purchased at Edman Hill; garden stool: Safavich, purchased at Edman Hill; sconces: One Light Storm Cloud clear and seeded glass wall lantern, Feiss; stump accent tables: Crate & Barrel; outdoor rugs: Horchow