White wicker chairs, pastel pinks and soft greens make for a soothing sit-down on this front porch at Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown, W.V.
Use black and white stripes and zebra patterns as a backdrop then add bright flowers to create a bold statement.
Whether you are on your own front porch or a guest at a place like The White Doe Inn in Manteo, N.C., it really revitalizes one’s senses to unplug. Pull up a chair, share some sweets and unwind.
Home-decor blogger Melissa Riker of The Happier Homemaker believes that beautifully styled porches don’t have to be big on space or budget. This small open entryway porch is made warm and inviting with a simple neutral seating area and an abundance of flowering plants to complement the colors of her home.
A front entry is a great place for a small garden. This trough full of herbs and flowers greets guests with color and wonderful smells.
Imagine a relaxing afternoon or evening listening to nature and gently swaying back and forth on this swinging daybed from Woolrich Home. The sleeping porch swing is durable yet has a sweet rustic charm.
It is crafted from resin over aluminum and designed to look like natural birch branches. The cushion is the same size as a standard twin mattress.
Vintage suitcases make great end tables and decorative storage, but you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see a stack next to the front door. Add a little whimsy – like a cute gnome – and some colorful flowers to make your guests smile.
The walkway of this Savannah home has a place to stop and rest before you get to the front porch. It was designed by Paula Wallace, the president of SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). It is a perfect place to enjoy a sweet afternoon tea or the cool night air after dinner.
Old patio furniture comes in handy when you want to create a small herb garden. The center straps of an old woven footstool were removed and replaced with chicken wire, burlap, soil and some herbs (in that order).
Use vintage toys, wagons and sleds as planters, table bases, footstools or just unique conversation pieces. Here, this old tricycle was paired with a soda crate to make a charming display of succulents.
This front porch dining room gives a whole new meaning to eating alfresco. The furniture is from Kincaid’s Homecoming Vintage Pine Collection.
The guard dog can welcome guests to the front porch. The furniture shown here is from Kincaid Furniture’s Homecoming Vintage Pine collection.
Place a rolling cart to your front porch and add a mix of seasonal decorating pieces, potted plants and flowers. Update the look each season by changing out a few pieces and you’ll be able to use the cart year round.
Beth Bryan, designer and blogger at Unskinny Boppy, uses her porch as an extension of her home. She used an old ladder and Mason jars to create a chandelier over her outdoor dining table.
This dream catcher was made from an old bicycle rim, a vintage doily, ribbons and strips of fabric. A brightly painted chair makes for a welcoming spot to sit and daydream.
On cool nights, the owners of this North Carolina mountain home enjoy keeping warm by their outdoor fire. These rockers are part of Woolrich Home Chatham Run Rocker collection.
This Italian-villa inspired entry uses a variety of old and new containers to hold red geraniums, rosemary and topiary evergreens. Ciao Bella!
The vintage prison bed is transformed in a comfortable daybed on this California porch. A comfy new mattress and pillows makes you want to spend 20-to-life here.
If your porch or entry needs a little privacy, try a room divider made of vintage shutters. You can hang art or knickknacks from the shutters or use it as a backdrop for a display of colorful flowers.
Designer Nicole Yee, of NY Interiors, created this open porch for a client who wanted to enjoy a quiet shady spot. The antique Moroccan furniture was coated with urethane to prolong its life in the outdoors.
The outdoor-friendly pillows, cushions and trim are made by Duralee, and the custom draperies are from Sunbrella. An outdoor rug, zinc candleholders, metal art and plantings finish the look.
Have a sturdy porch ceiling? Then, by all means, hang a wooden swing from it. Rocking away an evening is a great way to relax. Add a few pillows, make a pitcher of lemonade and invite the neighbors.