Outdoor lights under the covered porch area illuminate the patio flooring as it leads out onto the pool deck. Concrete stepping stones lead through the gravel rock bed running beside the gorgeous swimming pool. A row of lounge chairs provide an area to relax and enjoy the scene.
A light-filled sun porch provides year-round access to the beautiful waterfront views at this charming Cape Cod-style home. The house, on Massachusetts' Chapoquoit Island, features water views from every room. In this space, paneled walls continue onto the ceiling, adding to the beachy-casual yet elegant vibe.
A lantern-style light can draw attention upward, when the indoor/outdoor Hampton Bay Veranda II Natural Iron Ceiling Fan from The Home Depot is attached to a pergola or porch roof. The walnut-finished blades of the fan are weather resistant.
An HGTV fan created an inviting holiday entrance by using vintage finds and plenty of greenery. She strung lights through the garland and miniature Christmas trees. A vintage sled and chalkboard stand add a creative touch to the festive porch.
Because the location of this home was on the side of a cliff overlooking the surrounding area, the designers wanted to emphasize the beautiful view. In doing so, they opened up the living room and kitchen, added several large windows to bring in the natural light and added a screened-in porch for comfortable outdoor seating.
Jenelle Isaacson of Living Room Realty played up the architectural details of this home's trim by playing down the body color of the home. She found the perfect dark gray for the base that worked with the indirect light of the Oregon skies. Next, she painted the door details, columns and porch ceilings a simple white, really making them pop.
Beth Dana Design took on an extensive remodel with this early 1900s Santa Barbara farmhouse. The turquoise front door provides a jolt of color on the porch, which has barn-style lighting, a metal bin overflowing with firewood and a galvanized planter. Architectural elements include board and batten siding and a bead board ceiling.
Down a short flight of stairs from the sun porch, the outdoor space expands again into an amazing sculpture garden and lounge. A series of tall sculptures are mixed with tables and chairs that also have an artistic quality. Brooklyn remains as close as a glance over the wall but with so many visual delights between it and the garden, the city feels worlds away.
Look closely: That's not a mirror image of the island on the porch outside -- it's an identical island for outdoor dining! The gorgeous, open kitchen also boasts high ceilings, concrete countertops and modern pendant lighting. A tidy dining area is just steps away.
Kitchen beyond with island and beam above penetrating the glass to continue outside in the outdoor room. Island is nearly the same size, indoor and out. Concrete countertops
This home is located on a steeply sloping ridge top and is designed to sensitively step down with the land. The steep topography influenced the linear design as it hugs along a natural rock outcropping. The layout is perfectly harmonious to the land and sun, allowing the home to orient its long faces to the north and south while minimizing its east and west exposures.
Tall, north-facing window walls capture cool, even lighting throughout the day, while deep overhangs along the south protect from overexposure from the sun. The main roof sheds to the south, providing maximum solar collection potential. Decks and screened-in porches along the south face also provide areas for outdoor entertaining and a means to capture prevailing breezes that blow up from the canyons below.
Some clematis showcase bicolor blooms. One of the most well-known in this category is ‘Nelly Moser.’ This beauty unfurls very big, 7- to 9-inch flowers in late spring and early summer, followed by a second bloom in early fall. Each blossom displays pale lilac petals with a glowing pink bar down the center. Colors tend to fade in full sun, so give ‘Nelly Moser’ a spot with light shade. Flower centers sport shades of deep purple. For best flowering, remove top growth by one-third in early spring. Vines grow 6 to 10 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Grow beside a porch where you can enjoy the bicolor blossoms on a daily basis. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8.