Welcome back to the Southern Romance Home Restoration Series! To get you all dialed in, in case you missed the first and second post, I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a true southern getaway touring a completely restored 1906 Arts and Crafts bungalow in southern Alabama. And I saved the best for last! The moment you step out back you immediately feel wrapped up in the comfort of a time when life was slower and the days probably felt longer.
My trip was a bit of a last minute whirlwind and not knowing what to expect, I was a bit surprised at this whole experience. Truthfully, I didn’t really ‘get’ why we were going to look at screens on this beautiful home. What’s so special about screens? That is until Esther, CEO of Phantom Screens, took us to the back porch and with a remote in hand she suddenly transformed the entire space with the click of a button. We all stood stunned and wide eyed. What a sight that probably was!
The concept is genius, really. Retractable screens are hidden dropping down only when you want to keep the bugs out. You can’t even spot the housing for the mechanism in the photos!
The screens truly transform the space into another living space for the home!
Hidden is both a screen and a clear vinyl layer shown here (can you even tell? It’s there but feels and looks like there’s nothing there!) for those brisk winter days or those chilly summer evenings. THIS completely changed how I viewed screens. These aren’t any ol’ screens!!
Dine al fresco!
Or enjoy a nap!
I’ll be honest, I thought I would tour this home, enjoy a little get-away, share the home with you all and call it a day! Instead, I saw first-hand how awesome and transforming these screens are AND more importantly, I got to know the hearts of the people who are Phantom Screens. I learned more about Esther De Wolde, who has a story every aspiring entrepreneur should take note of. While navigating what can often be a cut-throat world, Esther has managed to grow a business while caring deeply for people.
Complete source list:
Rempy Shokar Head Shots
Fox Hollow Cottage
Azalea Street Designs
Kitchen Island & Other Design Selections:
Plant Material for Exterior:
Southern Living Plant Collection
Lighting: either original vintage fixtures or
Book: 120th Anniversary Archive Edition by York
Book: Nantucket by York
Paint: Benjamin Moore (colors below)
Doors, trim, baseboard
Oc-132 grand teton white in a semi-gloss finish
Ceilings and space above trim edge
Top half of hall guest bath walls
Bottom wainscoting board in hall guest bathroom
Oc-132 grand teton white
oc-132 grand teton white in a pearl or satin finish
2142-50 gray mirage (it is an antique greenish-gray)
Mary’s pantry & Laundry room
HC-116 Guilford green (bm colour of the year!)
Living room, Dining room & Middle bedroom
Front parlour (front bedroom)
HC-111 nantucket gray
Master bedroom & master ensuite
Ceiling – 2054-70 clear skies
Deck – HC-163 Duxbury gray