Photography by Helen Norman
Written by James Farmer III
Porches are a classic fixture on any traditional home. Once shady places to greet neighbors and retreat from a thunderstorm, they now serve as extensions of our gardens, al fresco dining rooms, a place to cuddle next to a fire, or the perfect spot for an afternoon nap. Author, designer, gardener, cook, and all-around Southern style expert James Farmer spills his secrets to building the perfect porch from his new book, Porch Living (Gibbs Smith).
Above, a Maryland stone farmhouse affords views of the lush countryside. This porch is the perfect perch to soak up such gorgeous, bucolic views. Indoor/outdoor fabrics pair with garden collections—the colors of fresh begonias and an antique trowel and bucket harmonize with the striped pillow and cushion.