“Porches are America’s lost rooms.”
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
One of my favorite spring rituals is setting up the front porch for warm weather living. This year, I looked at the porch furniture coming out of storage and suddenly felt I had it all wrong. I decided to move everything around. Do you ever do this? I really love the new design so much more and can’t figure out how I didn’t set it up this way all along. The porch seems more spacious. The conversation easier. Movement around the porch smoother. There is much more of the pretty outdoor rug, my design starting point, to see and enjoy. I even had room to add a bar area! It’s not a huge space but it lives big. I had to laugh, as I sat on my “newly” designed porch reading the latest Architectural Digest issue, when the words of Bunny Williams, a favorite designer, jumped out at me: “I get so upset when people ask what’s new in decorating? Just take what you have and make it look new.” Point well taken Bunny!
You can read about how I first created an outdoor room on the front porch here. Tour the redesigned space and let me know which version of the porch you like more. But don’t be seduced by those gorgeous blue hydrangeas on the old porch….They’ll be making another appearance at a porch near you, soon!
With the furniture shuffle, I carved out a spot to repurpose this Victorian plant stand into a cute outdoor beverage stand. The plant stand was just gathering dust in the back of the old porch. Now it is unobtrusive yet useful . The black metal wrought iron fits right in with the rest of the décor. I think Bunny would like it!
This ottoman used to sit in the middle of the rug as a makeshift coffee table. Now it is nestled between 2 chairs, serving a side table for both, and as a spot to display a big bouquet of flowers, bringing color to the setting.
Pull up a chair and let me serve you an iced tea. Porch living is back!