Porches 35 Ideabooks

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 more...
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...
Dream Spaces: Gracious, Spacious Front Porches
Like rotary phones and black and white TVs, a good old-fashioned front porch makes me think of quieter, gentler times. Those were the days when, without the distractions of the digital world, homeowners would gather in rocking chairs or lounge on porch...
A Dramatic Facade Makeover in Maine
Without moving a single window or door, architect David Matero gave this coastal Maine home's exterior a dramatic makeover. The owner, a British man planning to rent the house...
DIY: How to Paint Stripes on Your Floor
I gave myself the daunting task of making over my three-season porch. I live in New England, so this porch is used only for about five months of the year at best, but I can see it from the kitchen sink, and it connects the kitchen with the backyard, so...
Reinvent It: A Houzzer Turns Thrifted Pieces Into a Swinging Daybed
When Cathy Zaeske was planning the screened porch of her dreams, a swinging daybed was a big part of it. "The inspiration for the swing came from the goal of the porch —...
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...
A Screened-In Porch Communes With Nature
To take advantage of the fleeting summer in the Chicago suburbs, designer Cathy Zaeske's clients wanted to create a screened-in porch that would keep...
Upgrade Your Front Entry the Budget-Friendly Way
Although the outside front entry is one of the most important spots in a home to keep in tip-top shape, it also tends to be one of the most neglected. Many of us don't even use the front door on a regular basis. If you're like me, you head inside straight...
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