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Take advantage of the view. "This hanging bed is located in the tower of a villa at Jumby Bay in Antigua, West Indies," says Robert Moreland of MCM Architects. "Jumby Bay is a flat island, so the tower provides a great vantage point to overlook the island and the sea. There's also more of a breeze the higher up you are, so the idea of putting a hanging bed here seemed perfect for enjoying the cool breeze while being gently rocked as you nap or read a book."
Take a tip from the South. What does every Southern porch need? "A swing, a glass of sweet tea and a dog," declares Rick Clanton of Group 3, in South Carolina. "If that's not the answer to almost any question, it should be."
Build your own little perch. "In the temperate climate of Atlanta you can use a screened porch almost year-round," says Karen Soorikian of Soorikian Architecture. "This porch was built off of the home’s large kitchen/dining space and sits a level above the backyard."
Soorikian was inspired "by the beauty of the deep woodland-like property," she says. "I hoped to give the porch the feel of a perch surrounded by lush trees. It's ideal for lazily lounging in a porch swing, especially in the summertime."
Make it sunset ready. "What could be more satisfying and romantic than looking out to the sun setting on a water view from an expansive porch?" asks Bruce Finkelstein of HBF plus Architects. "Maybe only doing it while sitting on a porch swing. It harkens back to more gracious and relaxing eras."
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