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Pretty Porches and Terraces

Use vibrant fabrics and color-saturated accents to make your outdoor living areas smashing

Written by Rebecca Christian
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John Bessler

We love the idea of taking traditionally interior furnishings like drapery panels and mirrors to the outdoors to create a roomlike atmosphere, using every square inch of a residence for comfortable, stylish living. In these smashing exteriors, showhouse designers have mixed quality outdoor furniture with fun flea-market finds, using palettes both brilliant and nuanced as their backdrops. What unites these spaces in which to relax, reflect, and entertain is a timeless air of confidence freshened by a breeze of modernity.


Designers Annemarie and Rosemarie diSalvo, along with Keith Mazzei, solved the challenge of a deep but narrow porch by clearly delineating the seating areas while maintaining a cozy feeling. Vibrant fabrics by Trina Turk for Schumacher read as elegant and fun. Lending a South Beach feeling are shells and bamboo elements. Outdoor furniture by McGuire is both sleek and transitional.

Produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick and Eileen A. Deymier 

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