The focal point of the back porch is the gas fireplace surrounded with limestone excavated during the house construction. The mantle was custom made from local cedar. The use of local materials is in keeping with Craftsman tradition.
My step-dad, an accomplished wood-worker, handmade this beautiful dining table from local cedar as well:
The back porch is furnished with comfortable all-weather furniture. The floors are stained and scored concrete and are very practical for our climate and cleaning.
Decor is intentionally rustic, using mostly vintage finds and emphasizing the lakehouse theme.
I especially love the vintage water skis:
The porch is wonderfully cozy during the winter holidays, when my mother adds vintage and rustic Christmas decor.
My parents always have a project ready for my girls when they visit. Here, they are making pinecone bird feeders:
And of course, there is no better place to enjoy hot cocoa:
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