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We Welcome You
The porch is where you retreat to relax, make happy memories with your family, and entertain your guests during the warmer seasons of the year. Browse our best ideas to make your porch all the more inviting.
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We start at Martha's own back porch. The balustraded porch at her home in Bedford has a stone floor and floor-to-ceiling windows that look into the living and dining rooms. It's furnished with outdoor seating and stone-pillar pedestals, as well as antique stone and cement urns for her plants. Here, it's all about showcasing the breathtaking view of her farm from the horse paddocks to the fields and the stable in the distance.
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Take a Swing
The porch is decked out with a mix of classic and contemporary touches, including a dark-painted slatted swing, a concrete-and-steel coffee table, zinc planters, and sunny yellow pillows.
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Take in the View
Do you have a spectacular view? Here's a trick to put it prominently on display! Place a mirror on the porch to reflect what's beyond. It also serves to widen the space, and it reveals the ever-changing vista.
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This porch takes on a romantic glow with the help of mood lighting. Holiday strands trace every slat of a porch trellis; the bulbs are covered in shades made from chartreuse and turquoise vellum. The table is lit by pillar candles, each protected by two vases (one inside the other) with blue-tinted water in between them.
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The design goes offshore when decorating with stripes. The life-preserver buoys hanging on the exterior wall help to bring the nautical theme together.
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Too many plants? If your porch space is on the smaller side, a three-tier garden screen (consisting of pairs of copper K-style gutters) helps to keep plants out of foot traffic, freeing up floor space and providing a decorative display.
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What a Dish
Decorating isn't limited to potted plants. Here, a collection of brightly colored dishes is artfully arranged on the exterior wall, amidst more understated wooden furnishings.