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Generations ago, the porch was the “living room” of the home. It was the social spot — a place to converse with neighbors, cool off in summer and watch kids as they played in the front yard. Porch swings and glasses of lemonade became symbols of relaxation and taking time to enjoy life outside. As houses and neighborhoods (and air conditioning) evolved, families began taking their activities inside and to backyard decks, and the porch became less important. Today the porch making a comeback as homeowners look for more outdoor living spaces and a welcoming transition into the house.
As a transition space, your porch should feel like an extension of your home’s interior. There are no formal rules, so decorate your porch to reflect your lifestyle. Hang hammocks, porch swings or daybeds to have a place to take a nap and relax. Use decorative wall hangings, throw pillows and outdoor baskets to store porch accessories. The porch can always change decor, and atmosphere, depending on your mood. Don’t forget, this can be done for apartment balconies and high-rise terraces, too. Wherever you feel relaxed to enjoy life and nature going by — that is the porch for you.
Remember, you are outside, so materials like metals and fabrics can rust and absorb moisture. Bring in these items during cold and wet weather to ensure your decorative items remain in their original condition. Opt for more versatile weather-proof furniture that can be moved and stored in a garage throughout this season. Consider adding hanging basket plants, urns filled with flowers, and potted plants you can easily update for the season. Small herb gardens grown in planters and placed on tables are a great way to bring fragrance and nature to your relaxing oasis.
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