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Embracing easy summer living can be as simple as spending time each day on your front porch. There is something utterly relaxing about hanging out on the porch, whether it’s to sip morning coffee or unwind at the end of the day — and then there’s the added perk of making your neighborhood feel warmer, friendlier and...
7 Ideas to Get You Back on the Front Porch
The front porch has evolved along with the quickening pace of everyday life. Porches were originally designed to create a more tolerable living space — a place for rest, relaxation and cooling breezes. Their decline can be attributed to...
Get the Hang of Hanging Flower Baskets
Who doesn't love a hanging basket filled with a profusion of flowers or foliage? This type of container gardening is a charming addition to your porch, patio, arbor or deck — and it's easy, provided you know a few tricks of the trade. Here are some...
Expert Talk: Porch Swings Sway Into Sweet Life
Some summer days it's hard to imagine a more magical place from which to watch the world go by than a porch swing. Cozy and inviting, porch swings seem to quietly beckon you to slow down and relax for a while. And as seen here, this is a particularly...
Porch Life: Banish the Bugs
Let's face it, the sound of a bug zapper is rather gruesome, and that blue glow is just plain weird; the whole thing is downright tacky. Surely there must be better ways to keep the bugs away than the insect equivalent of the electric chair. I poked around...
Enliven Your Porch With Color
If you're looking to add vibrance to your porch, amp up the color. We've already discussed how to do this using plants, and now we're ready bring...
Porch Life: 11 Inspirational Small Porches
While I love the large two-story porches in Low Country homes and long wraparound porches on farmhouses, their smaller counterparts hold just as much appeal. You don't need hundreds of square feet to create a charming and welcoming porch. As long as you...
Porch Life: Modern Porches Step It Up
Close your eyes and think of the word "porch." Chances are, you are imagining a wraparound veranda on a farmhouse furnished with rocking chairs and a porch swing. However, modern architects have been reinterpreting the porch for years, stripping...
Design Workshop: How the Japanese Porch Makes a Home Feel Larger
I’ve written in the past about the essential nature of transitional spaces in a home, which are used to link interior and exterior areas. These spaces have been assigned a variety of names throughout...
Give Your Outdoor Rooms a Cozy Winter Makeover
While it’s certainly true that in some regions sitting on the patio in midwinter is not realistic, for those who live in mild climates there’s no reason outdoor rooms must sit unused for several months. To tempt yourself onto the porch or patio, even...
Houzz Tour: A Brave Addition Breaks New Ground
A desire for family togetherness drove the design of this award-winning addition, which has transformed a traditional Edwardian house into a relaxing home for the owners that contrasts old and new with finesse. “They liked the Edwardian house but wanted...
A Peek at 2 Prettily Dressed Fall Porches
Good friends Charlene Miller and Merry Munk enjoy sharing and showing off their salvage style on their central Ohio porches. These two can often be found scouring flea markets, auctions and garage sales in search of their next treasures. Their finds all...
10 Simple Ways to Personalize Your Front Entry
You can make your front yard a welcoming prelude to your house any number of ways, from simple outdoor decor to architectural features. Potted plants provide bursts of color, outdoor furniture is inviting and neighborly, and a range of landscaping...
Room of the Day: A Spacious Porch Brings Family Life Outside
Interior designer Lindsey Hene had South Africa on her mind when she was designing her family’s back porch. She and her husband, Doug, had just returned from a safari, and the trip provided fresh inspirations...
14 Ways to Make Your Grill Setup Better
Grills by themselves aren’t much to look at. They’re basically large, hulking pieces of stainless steel that stick out like sore thumbs in our backyards. So we’re always trying to slip covers over them or wheel them around to the side of the house....
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