Sleeping Outdoors on Rise… Health Benefits of Fresh Air Rest

When the interior designer Greg Baudoin and his partner, Greg Campbell, a floral designer, purchased and renovated a lake house in Snow Lake Shores, Miss., they expected to use it as a weekend retreat.

Covid changed that, allowing them to break away from their primary residence in Memphis, which is about an hour away, and spend the bulk of their time at the two-bedroom cabin with a 16-foot by 16-foot screened-in sleeping porch that they use as their main bedroom.

“We added casement windows with screens so that it could be a four-season porch and we could enjoy it all year long,” said Mr. Baudoin, 57. They insulated the area as well, but sometimes rely on heat from the living room’s wood burning stove for extra warmth when temperatures dip.

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A spartan sleeping porch this is not. A vintage picnic table stands at the foot of the bed and a family heirloom rocking chair is in the corner of the room, which is filled with a mix of American and French antiques.

There is an entablature of shingles resting on the board and batten siding, forming the interior walls. The ceiling is beadboard painted a traditional sky blue. “The color is a tradition in the South, mostly Deep South where I am from, and has roots in early Creole culture,” Mr. Baudoin said.


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