When the owners need a little relief from the sun, they can slip beneath the covered porch where it's a little cooler. Here, an outdoor sectional gives the room to stretch out, while a wood trunk and wicker baskets store extra pillows and blankets.
Screened porches serve as another living room, and these mantels can be stunning as well. Simply paint your mantle a color that complements the rest of the fireplace. Then separate a pair of hurricane candleholders to help fill the space. You can find hurricane candleholders for less than $25, and stores such as World Market sell them for less than $10 each.
This cottage bungalow required major structural and architectural changes to restore it. The home was raised four feet from its original height to meet building code and square footage was added, so the home now features three bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open floor plan that combines the kitchen, dining room and living spaces.
Dress up a pair of vintage skates by lacing them with festive ribbon. Search yard sales, flea markets and secondhand stores for old skates you can use in decor, suggests home decor blogger Amy Buchanan of AttaGirlSays. She adds: You'll find the best deals on winter items, such as skates, in the off-season.
Just a few repairs were needed, including a new white railing, on the exterior of this 1915 home in Atlanta's Candler Park neighborhood. Most of the front porch, which spans more than 56 feet, is original construction. A curved wraparound porch is unusual for American Foursquare style, but the builder apparently took the liberty to mimic the curved corner lot, says homeowner Chip Wallace, an Atlanta real estate agent who restored the home. He worked with Black Dawg Construction in Atlanta.
Erin and Ben agreed with the homeowners that the home would be better served by restoring the original porch. The French doors get updated for proper function and are painted ox-blood on the exterior side to match the front door, and white on the inside in keeping with the interior trim.
Designer and architect Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta found five brackets stacked up at a little store on the side of the road. They were pieces of houses that had demolished, but she loved the gray-blue patina and their scale. "Even if you have a brand new home, accessorizing with found objects is a great way to impart texture and character and charm without spending an arm and leg," she says.
Well-presented gifts are sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Represent the excitement of the holidays right outside your front door with a wooden gift-box sculpture. Pick up several wooden boxes from the craft store, then paint them with latex paint in your desired holiday color scheme. Cluster them together with screws or small clamps, then dress them up with ribbon. Add a picture hanger to the back, then place it on an outside wall or door.
Botanical prints like these are fairly easy to find at thrift and antiques stores, and they can incorporate an old-fashioned luxury into the bedroom. Framed above the bed, they add a sense of nature and calm. “Painting everything ivory and white and the curtains the same color sets off the dark silhouette of the furniture,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The Jenny Lind Spool bed, an old traveling trunk and shiplapped walls create a cozy feel.
Since the holidays are all about entertaining friends and family, set the scene on your front porch with weather-resistant elements that invite people over to sit and stay a while. From the bean bag chairs to the rich wooden bar cart, all of these elements are easy to move around and can be easily stored out of sight in the cold winter months.
Lugging heavy rocking chairs or wooden benches in and out before the harsh winter starts can be a hassle. Keep your porch decorated for the holidays with lightweight bean bag chairs that simply stack and store away when not in use. These neutral greige bean bag chairs were dressed up for the holidays with woven throw pillows.
Embellish store-bought finds with a few crafty touches that tie the look together. This rustic twig reindeer is cute enough on its own but better fits our theme with the addition of a satin ribbon and fuzzy yarn-wrapped balls.