Look how everything opened up without that giant cabinet!
There's something about having an outdoor space. It lends itself to conversation and book reading. It's also a perfect place to watch bees, chickens, and dogs. Nothing beats it on those long awaited rains after too many dry hot summer days...
A porch is easily decorated with yard sale and thrift store finds. A cozy cottage look is easy to achieve with random pieces.
And on the patio adjacent to the porch there is now morning coffee in the swing and meditation.