Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The Blue and White Veranda

Jenkins Interiors

Red brick steps lead to a covered patio boasting blue and white Chinese garden stools placed on either side of a white lattice back sofa, a copper lantern is fixed above a white rippled coffee table. Rattan hanging chairs hang over red brick pavers and in front of a white brick fireplace.

Another view - 

Jenkins Interiors

I have passed on an outdoor television in my own lanai. I love the peace and quiet except for all the wonderful birds and the sound of a breeze through the palm trees and live oaks.

They did not do a haint blue ceiling though. I read an interesting article that haint blue ceilings repelling birds and insects is an old wives tale that started because blue paint use to have lye in it that is a natural repellant. But Southerners swear it works. I will keep everyone posted on mine.

Also no ceiling fan. I was never the biggest ceiling fan "fan" but living in the South now I use all of mine 24/7 and cannot imagine not having one in the lanai. I assume the home is in the Dallas area as that is where the interior designer is based. 

These concrete planters with an antique finish are very elegant and look way more expensive and have even gone on sale. I plan to get a couple for tabletop topiaries in my lanai.

Concrete Planter with Antique Finish 

And Serena & Lily is a wonderful source for everything for your outdoors. Their outdoor collection is on sale with up to 30% off - shop here.


  1. A hot muggy night in Dallas without a ceiling fan does not appeal. Nor does a TV. I'm with you on that. Not listening to to the great outdoors when you are outdoors somehow doesn't work for me. Mozart andantes on low volume doesn't compete with the frogs and crickets. Am a huge fan of Serena & Lily. Thanks to you.

  2. I agree completely about outdoor televisions -- I don't get the need to watch it outside, favoring instead the beautiful sounds of nature. We 're bombarded with noise; give me peace & quiet outside in this crazy world. 💚

  3. I'm not sure why someone would want an outdoor TV either. The sounds of nature are so beautiful, and artificial noise just seems to be an encroachment to me. Just in time for Mothers Day, a wild hen and her baby chicks visited me. When I first saw her, I didn't pay that much attention, as we have a lot of wild life around here, but then I saw the chicks. They are still on my back hillside. Mom must have hatched them there and is waiting until they are beg enough to leave the nest. They are so adorable!

  4. Another take on “haint” - the birds and insects are fooled by the blue color thinking it’s the sky. Marylanders transplanted to Southport NC. We painted our porch ceiling Benjamin Moore Constellation, a beautiful soft blue with hint of aqua. Works for us. No insects in four years.