A screened-in porch becomes a three-season room

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The sitting area of a three-season room, formerly a screened-in porch, in Milton.
The sitting area of a three-season room, formerly a screened-in porch, in Milton.Jessica Delaney

MILTON — The owners of this gracious Tudor cherish the home's original turn-of-the-20th century elements. This includes the sizable screened-in porch off the living room, which has an intriguing concrete-and-brick floor.

In order to make the porch more of a useable living space, the owners, who have young children, decided to have it converted into a three-season room. "The idea was to make it a place where the owners could entertain as well as be cozy when they are just relaxing together as a family," says interior designer Liz Miller
who worked with the owners to establish the aesthetic.

A dining area was created when contractor Barry Roland constructed a built-in banquette with an easy to clean leather cushion along one wall. Paired with a custom table and bench, there's plenty of space for several friends to gather for a casual meal. When the family dines after dark, three Moroccan-style pendants with perforated globes cast intriguing shadows.

There's textural appeal in the jute rug that grounds the space — actually, two jute rugs were stitched together to create one that was long enough — as well as in the bamboo blinds on the new windows. The sitting area is furnished with a slipcovered sofa and armchairs that Miller says "are the size of 1½ chairs, so you can sit comfortably with a kid and read a book together." Ample side tables from Target were selected for their shelving, which provides handy storage for kids' toys and books. On top of the tables, hammered metal lamps are from Pottery Barn.


Patterned, striped, and solid throw pillows in various shades of blue are from a variety sources including West Elm and Homegoods, a couple were custom-made. "The pillows can go anywhere in the room," says Miller.

A door opens to a patio where there's an outdoor eating area. An attractive spindle chair with blue paisley print cushions and ottoman provides a perch to put one's feet up and enjoy the lovely view of the trees. "Everything in the room is approachable. It's a comfortable, relaxing space," says Miller. "The homeowners enjoy it day and night all spring, summer, and fall."


Jaci Conry can be reached at jaci@jaciconry