Carolina Jessamine CottageRustic Porch, Atlanta
Richard Leo Johnson
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7. Twinkle LightsIf you already have a screened porch and are looking for a quick and easy update to make it feel cozy and festive for the darker season, try hanging string lights along the porch’s perimeter. The copper string lights used in this porch by Our Town Plans outside a cabin in Pine Mountain, Georgia, look particularly decorative and cast an alluring glow.
3. I will say yes to eating outside. The porch is the perfect way station between indoors and out: partially enclosed (whether or not you have screens) yet open to the breezes and fresh air. This makes it the ideal place to enjoy a meal outdoors, since you get all the benefits of alfresco dining without the risk of getting caught in a summer rain shower.
10. Upgrade from using candles on the porch. As someone who hoards hundred-packs of Ikea tea lights for my screened-in porch, I love this idea. A similar quality of light can be achieved with string lights. No more taking up a whole kitchen drawer with tea lights, no more fruitless searches for that long lighter, no more having to toss them after one night of use and put a whole new set out. Be safe: Even though a porch is covered, be sure to use lights approved for outdoor use. Your turn: How do you use string lights in your home? Please share with us in the Comments section.
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This screened porch in Georgia uses hog panels instead of balusters around the lower section of the railing. Theirs are powder coated, but you could probably just paint a galvanized panel whatever color you wanted. It should be plenty strong, and is easier to see through than wooden 2x2's. I'd still like to have a mid-height ledge that's big enough to set a drink on or lean against. This livestock panel might provide enough vertical support for that, as long as you're not sitting on it.