Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Ever since I was a little girl, I have thought sleeping porches are wonderful. I love to be around people, and the idea of sleeping in the same room with friends or siblings seems fun. One of my friends grew up with a family beach house in Atlantic Beach that had a girls side and a boys side upstairs. The rooms were filled with beds so that all of the cousins could sleep (or perhaps play) together.
In college, I remember visiting our friends at the Tri Delt house at UNC where they had a sleeping porch. It was kept extra cold and the beds looked comfortable and inviting. One of my best Camp Greystone friends also had a sleeping porch at the KD house at Alabama, as did my friend at the Tri Delt house at Ole Miss. No alarm clocks were allowed. Rather, you had to find a responsible friend who would come and wake you for class. It seemed very Old South and wonderful as an outsider. Perhaps it was a nightmare in reality, but it seemed fun to me.
Sleeping porches were initially built for the hottest summer nights in hopes that the residents might catch any amount of breeze as it passed by the hot house in an era before air conditioning and locked windows. It was also thought that the cool night air had healing qualities and might fight off tuberculosis. Madeline made the look of an orphanage bedroom look fun in the book about her growing up in Paris. Camp Greystone even has a wonderfully inviting infirmary full of colorful beds.
All of these images and visions have made me long for a sleeping porch or fun bunk room now that we have 4 sleeping beauties and 1 sleeping prince of our own. I think it would be fun to add a sleeping porch onto a home! It would be filled with beds outfitted with the most comfortable and cozy linens. Perhaps I'd paint it a pale Florida blue or I might just use the colors of my bedroom with DH which is Monterrey White or perhaps Monroe Bisque (I can't remember) with a pale peony ceiling, since pale pink evokes calm and sleep.
What are your thoughts on a sleeping porch or fun bunk room?
***Many images taken from Pottery Barn Kids***