Friday, March 22, 2013

Patio Havens/Celebrating Spring

Appalachian Round Porch

A drink ledge around this circular porch gives you a place to sip a cup of coa or favorite brew.  Hanging candle lanterns can be lit during evening outdoor entertaining.

Bright Red Porch

Red is the defining color throughout this outdoor space. Using a single hue is an easy way to tie the look together. Extra pillows add color and comfort.

Candle-Lit Porch

For year-round lounging, this enclosed sitting area boasts candle chandeliers and a fireplace. Filling the fireplace with candles instead of firewood is a great idea for adding light and charm in warm summer months.

Charleston-Style Piazza

This porch is filled with comfy wicker furniture in traditional Charleston green, recognizable by its almost black color. Materials, such as wicker-looking resin for the frames and outdoor fabric for the cushions keep the space low maintenance. A few luxuries, such as pillows and throws can be quickly pulled inside when the weather turns bad. Iron-base tables with honed marble tops are the perfect sidekicks because they combine simple lines with elegant materials.

Classic Charleston Porch

On this porch, or piazza, classic white wicker is dressed with zesty pillows. Together, the classic white wicker and the modern India-inspired motif are marked by striking color, natural textures and materials, and classic Southern design with a modern, upbeat edge.

Cozy Brick Porch

Composed of a brick chimney, mantel, and firebox, this exterior fireplace is covered with stucco. This touch not only distinguishes it from the surrounding brick walls, but it also makes a focal point. The hearth is raised for additional seating. Plus, by centering the fireplace between a brick opening and the exterior living room wall, it provides a nook for firewood. A gas starter takes the hit-or-miss process out of starting a blaze.

Cozy Side Porch

Inspired by Charleston side porches (called piazzas), this outdoor-friendly furniture arrangement provides a great place to socialize with neighbors or to take in the fresh air while reading a book.

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