Guest Picks: Porch Season Essentials
Front porch sittin' is by far the easiest way to entertain. Good friends, great conversation and cold drinks are all it takes — or so my guests think. Before I call friends to come over, I create a cozy outdoor living room on my porch. I simply let the rules of Southern hospitality be my guide. It's all about durable furnishings, punches of color and comfortable layers. This ideabook is full of products and ideas for creating your own Southern oasis. Enjoy, y'all. — Shannon from I Love Your Crazy and Poplin & Queen
Garden Treasures White Outdoor Rocking Chair - $99
Let's talk seating first. Nothing says, "come and sit a while" like rocking chairs.
Noah Porch Swing
Swinging beds are a front porch's best friend these days.
Garnet Hill Doormat Collection, Sweet Home - $34
Whether coming or going, guest will get the message with this welcoming rug.
Krista Outdoor Armchair, Gray Kubu Rattan Wicker - $548
Go with classics for your furnishings. Kubu rattan is durable and charming.
Double Hanging Rattan Egg Chair - $695
This is such an interesting double swing. It's perfect for lazy afternoons.
80-quart Rolling Cooler - $179.99
Keeping drinks cold is key, and no one wants to haul a big foam cooler out for guests. This one has a classic Americana vibe to it.
Elaine Smith 'Mayan Ruins' Outdoor Pillow - $115
Oh, the fun to be had with outdoor pillows. These saturated colors are meant to be fun and fresh.
Dash & Albert Fresh American Trimaran Stripe Tangerine Indoor/Outdoor Pillow - $48
Right now, I love poppy. If I don't next year, I can just toss new pillows on my furniture.
South Seas Bar Cart - $395
You don't want to compete with your surroundings. Remember to bring in natural elements where you can. This rattan bar cart can live inside and move outside when you're entertaining.
Geometric Greek Key Pillow - $119
A Southern porch just isn't complete without a monogram. I love the fretwork on this one.
18-inch Ceramic Garden Stool, Chartreuse Green - $107.25
Garden stools are on my MVP list for home decor. You can prop your feet up, rest a glass of wine or offer a guest a place to sit just by pulling up a garden stool.
Chinoiserie Bar Cart - $795
A beverage station with wheels allows you to move the drinks with the party.
Safavieh Castle Gardens Collection Elephant Ceramic Garden Stool, White - $201.57
Add some whimsy with this little elephant stool. It will remind you of world travels while you sip your tea.
Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Accent Table, Honey - $149
Double up some stools and you have a coffee table for that tea.
Chelsea Hanging Lantern - $1,470
If you can live without a fan, a traditional lantern makes for an oh-so-Southern accent.
Globe String Lights - $16.50
Globe lights are fun for nighttime entertaining.
Indoor/Outdoor Grommet Drape - $69
If your porch gets the afternoon sun, you may want to add drapery to filter out some of the light. I looked around for some on rings, but grommets seem to be the norm.
Two-tone Rope Platinum/Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug - $88
Add a rug to complete the outdoor living room feel. I recommend easy-to-clean versions like this one from Dash & Albert.
Diamond Platinum/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug - $38
I can't tell you how many times I have used this rug for porches and kitchens. It passes the easy-to-clean test every time.