For the front porch of her new Rhode Island home, blogger Alison Vinciguerra of the blog Long Distance Loving used a wreath from The Home Depot that was pre-decorated with pinecones, holly leaves, gold feathers and fruit. She wove in white LED twinkle lights into the wreath and garland near a vintage-looking lantern.
For a patio on the lakefront, furnishings needed to be kid-friendly and able to withstand the elements. The solution: aluminum chairs and a fully upholstered sofa made of marine-grade wood and quick dry foam which could handle getting wet. Classic barn lights above the French doors add a decidedly coastal feel.
Black metal outdoor sconces and plants in bright red pots bring a hint of updated design to the original stone and wood of this front porch, while rocking chairs welcome family and friends to sit and enjoy the view.
The neutral palette of this country porch creates a calm, relaxing feel. Stylish dark wicker furniture provides plenty of seating. Recessed lighting, yellow accent lighting, string lights in the yard and a fire pit combine to keep the space well-lit and warm.
This garden shed has a sloping roof on one side, and, on the other, a partially-covered porch. Stone steps lead from the ground to the porch, which has railing on two sides. Strings of exposed bulb lighting stretch from the house to trees.
Ceiling fans on a paneled ceiling can be functional and complete the look of a screened-in porch. For this fireside porch, Atlanta Decking and Fence also added extra details such as recessed lighting, curtains and molding.
Though spacious, this sun porch has a cozy, warm feel that's achieved by creating distinct spaces for lounging and dining. A large stone fireplace is a welcoming touch. A mix of light and dark finishes creates contrast that highlights the Spanish architecture.
Supported by a stone structured base, this porch is adorned with brown lounge chairs and a white railing topped with iron decor. The sconces add light to the porch, illuminating the lounge space. The landscaping is kept simple with small foliage planted around the porch base.
The decking is left natural, while the rafters are stained to match the doors and windows of the house. Contrasts such as this are repeated throughout the Longs’ design. The architects opted for a simple ceiling fan without a light kit, hanging string lights along the perimeter for soft illumination at night.
A light wood dining table and matching chairs anchor this outdoor dining room. A matching buffet serves as a handy storage unit and display surface, while a round green area rug adds color to the space.
Originally, this dining room was blocked off from views of the lake by a wall with only two tiny windows. Reworking of the home's design opened up the dining room to a screened porch on one side and a new, improved, more scenic sunroom on the other. Let there be light and lake!
The landscaping needed to be drought tolerant, given this home's location in San Luis Obispo, California. So texture dominates the landscape design, a stylish blend of gravel, wood, concrete and succulents. Low-voltage lighting gives off an inviting glow.