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Five Pretty Porches

Nothing says pull up a chair and relax awhile like a cozy perch on the porch

Written by Sally Finder Weepie

Feeling Friendly

A seat on the front porch gives you a shady spot to unwind and watch the world go by—or to connect with neighbors. A pair of cushioned chairs provides the seating. Team them with a side table for drinks and a large planter to usher in a beautiful garden vibe. An outdoor ceiling fan and luminous lanterns cater to comfort on warm days and even after dark.

Summer Breeze

A screen porch keeps pesky bugs out and lets fresh air in. Make the atmosphere even more inviting with the addition of a fireplace. This one is just as gorgeous as an indoor counterpart because it boasts an eye-catching mantel, lantern-style sconces, and showpiece-worthy art in bold, contemporary colors. Everything is weather-safe under the soaring vaulted ceiling that echoes the home's interiors.

Lake Effect

A covered porch with a water view instantly soothes the soul. Cozy up a quartet of all-weather rattan chairs under the eaves and while away a summer evening with friends. A flagstone porch floor handles sandy feet with ease. Rustic wood and seashells speak to a carefree coastal mood. 

Private Screening

This tucked-away screen porch gives the homeowners and guests incredible views and cool lake breezes, all from the comfort of sink-in soft chairs pulled up next to a magnificent stone fireplace. The stone, along with driftwood-hue rattan and wood, marries perfectly with the natural wonders just outside the screens. Clerestory windows admit plenty of light so the mood is always upbeat.

Alfresco Elegance

Touches of black inject sophistication and drama into this covered porch, where a stone floor continues the Nantucket vibe set by the home's gray shingle siding. Plenty of pillows covered in today's interior-worthy weatherproof fabrics soften the scene. Adding other indoor touches like table lamps also makes an outdoor space feel like a real—and really inviting—room.

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