Porches Galore

If you have a porch at your house, I am sure you spend half of Fall lamenting the days when it will be too cold to use and you spend all of Winter counting down the days till warmer weather. Porches are a great space in any home and unique because they are not static. They get packed away and re-imagined each year.

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This room is bursting with pillows, cushions, fabric, and texture. Nothing is more unexpected and luxurious than fancy pillows outside! Choose fabrics meant for indoor / outdoor use. Some of our favorites are from Robert Allen Sunbrella collection and Duralee Pavillion Bella Dura collection.

 

Another element not to overlook is lighting. Consider placing lamps outside to help the space feel like a real room. Table Lamps and floor lamps help make porches warm and inviting.

An element that is gaining more and more popularity recently are “sleeping porches”. Depending on your space, you can never do wrong with an over sized swing. Outfit your swing with some pillows and a nice throw and you might be tempted to spend the night out there!

This photo from Domino Magazine is great inspiration. It is definitely the work of a stylist and probably was just staged for a photo shoot but, that being said, there is a lot to take away from it!  Maybe next time you have a get together at your house, you can pull carpets from other living spaces and create a cool, layered, comfortable looking floor, complete with over-sized throw pillows and practical, drink-holding side tables. The effect would be really warm and inviting.

If you haven’t given your porch a little bit of love and attention yet, hopefully this gets you going!

Faux Sho-House: Outdoor Living!

One of the simplest pleasures many of us know is relaxing on our back porch or deck. Taking inspiration from the front façade of the Faux-Sho house, this covered back deck would be the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or to hold a gathering of family and friends. By giving just as much attention to our available outdoor spaces, we create natural, seamless transitions between interior and exterior spaces and maximize the opportunity to enjoy our entire house.

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 Nothing is more luxurious than a carpet underfoot when you are outside and this large, jute outdoor rug from Surya is perfect! It will encourage everyone to take off their shoes and curl up on the couch. The teak sectional from Ethimo could be mistaken for vintage mid-century modern but it is actually brand new. The sectional is made of modular pieces that can be configured into practically any arrangement you choose. As a designer with a big family and who likes to entertain, I like having the option to go large! Cushions can be custom made with any fabric; we chose Sunbrella Contract for Robert Allen, St Tropez fabric in Rain for the cushions and Sunbrella for Robert Allen, Palmwood fabric in Birch for the pillows3For a pop of color, I love these Fermob loungers. The classic burnt orange color pairs nicely with blues, greens, and all of the warmer tones. The understated teak side tables from Brookfarm General Store would look fantastic positioned between the lively chairs and flanking the couches. The side tables are subtle, but, like much subtle, well-constructed furniture, they are stunningly simple and elegant.

4Adding more coziness to the outdoor room, this modern, cutting-edge fire pit will become the center and soul of the space. I  love this piece for it’s clean lines and modern styling as much as for its versatility. Fire pits are sometimes impractical and the fact that this piece has the option to be converted into a coffee table with a simple, stainless steel, flush mount top seems like the perfect solution. It is sort of the best of both worlds.

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While we are outdoors, lighting is still key! This great chandelier, available through BHD, would look magnificent paired with the fire pit and would provide great illumination for the space. On the exterior walls of the house, I would use understated sconces like these simple two-way fixtures available through BHD. All the lights would be on dimmers for adjusting the levels throughout the night. Dimmable outdoor chandeliers and sconces – yes please!

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Last but not least, I would furnish the room with accessories. This being an outdoor space—I would be thrilled to decorate using these gorgeous planters, unexpected candle holders and glowing lanterns. The cube planters from VONDOM come in different sizes and would look great in clusters of threes, planted with herbs, lavender, or even native grasses. The lux hand blown, leather handled lantern from Casimidy would add just the right amount of polish to the otherwise minimalist space. Finally, the OXO Candela Luau would be the finishing touch needed to complete the space. How handy would it be to have glowing lanterns on hand when your struck with the sense of adventure to explore your yard as the sun begins to set?

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Hope this has captured your imagination and given you some ideas to transform your own outdoor space! Next week, we will give the final installment to our Faux-Sho house with Beth’s post on kid friendly family spaces!

By |September 4th, 2013|Accessories, Design Elements, Exterior Spaces, Faux-Sho House, Kate|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Outdoor Living!|