Thursday, June 9, 2011

Breezy Porches and Patios

Appalachian Round Porch

A drink ledge around this circular porch gives you a place to sip a cup of cocoa or favorite brew.  Hanging candle lanterns can be lit during evening outdoor entertaining.


Bright Red Porch

Red is the defining color throughout this outdoor space. Using a single hue is an easy way to tie the look together. Extra pillows add color and comfort.


Candle-Lit Porch

For year-round lounging, this enclosed sitting area boasts candle chandeliers and a fireplace. Filling the fireplace with candles instead of firewood is a great idea for adding light and charm in warm summer months.


Colorful Potted Porch

Brighten up your porch by accenting with colorful containers of foliage and flowers.


Cozy Brick Porch

Composed of a brick chimney, mantel, and firebox, this exterior fireplace is covered with stucco. This touch not only distinguishes it from the surrounding brick walls, but it also makes a focal point. The hearth is raised for additional seating. Plus, by centering the fireplace between a brick opening and the exterior living room wall, it provides a nook for firewood. A gas starter takes the hit-or-miss process out of starting a blaze.


Gracious Side Porch

Lined with handsome box columns and accessible to the indoors through pairs of French doors, this side porch functions much like an interior room, complete with comfortable seating and durable outdoor rugs. This gracious extension of living space contains a teak dining table for informal meals.


Historic Blue Porch

This porch ceiling is painted blue for a playful nod to traditional Southern Haint Blue. A fan keeps the area cool on warm Southern days, and curtains add privacy to the space.


Jazzed-Up Porch Doors

These solid-panel shutters add color to the porch and offer extra protection for two pairs of porch doors. The shutters fold back flush against the wall when opened.


Laid-Back Porch

An extra-deep porch swing makes lazy Sunday afternoons on this porch a must. The small pops of subdued color provide the porch a laid-back, beach-like atmosphere.


Live-In Back Porch

This 35-foot-long by 9-foot-deep back porch respects Southern porches of the past by using traditional shading devices such as a trellis at one end. Comfortable rattan chairs, cushioned in red, yellow, and green, add cheer to this outdoor living room. Ceiling fans help cool the space during sultry summer days, while three copper-finish lanterns contribute to the ambience.


Luxurious Porch

Durable accessories and furnishings give this porch a cozy living room feel. Patterned pillows and a faux zebra-skin rug are paired with natural colors and textures for a striking effect.


Modern Patio

This two-level modern patio extends the family’s living space to include an outdoor dining room. Modern planters mirror the clean lines of the house.


Natural Woodland Porch

Outdoor furniture rests comfortably on this back porch. This durable design blends with indoor decor, such as the Tiffany lamp and rag rugs made from recycled blue jeans. Quilts are at the ready for chilly evenings. Bedroom windows open onto this serene space to catch the sound of Whisper Creek. 


Outdoor Living Porch

This space mirrors both the function and the layout of an interior living room. An outdoor sofa and club chairs are arranged around a central hearth.


Arbor Covered Patio

Four 6 by 6 posts across the front of this patio arbor give the structure a substantial feel. Two lattice panels, which support Armand clematis vines (Clematis armandii), provide a sense of enclosure.


Sleeping Porch

Wooden daybeds, treated to withstand outdoor use and outfitted with pillows, let this open-air area function as a sleeping porch. Fabric shades sewn from a weather-resistant fabric can be raised or lowered between the porch posts.

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