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.
Porch with Swing Beds and Painted Floor in a Diamond Pattern
Designing a pattern on the floor is an inexpensive way to tie together the look of your outdoor space. Designer Rachel Greathouse used a diamond pattern with a whitewash to fit the home's farmhouse chic design. Depending on the pattern and palette, you can end up with a rustic or modern look.
Lawns demand a lot of time and attention to look their best. Mowing, weeding, feeding—it’s a year-round effort to keep grass gorgeous. One way to reduce your time investment in lawn care is to limit the amount of lawn you have. Trade turf for pretty planting beds stocked with shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses. This bed happens to be a rain garden, which means its beauty is more than petal deep. It also helps to disperse rainwater runoff.
Decorated Metal and Stone Outdoor Dining Table with Oversized Pillows, Greenery and Vases
Oversized pillows do the obvious work of cushioning metal outdoor dining chairs, but they also can disguise wear and tear. Designer Monica Stewart, who owns The Misfit House in Athens, Ga., positioned these strategically to cover up scuff marks on chairs. If you’re on a covered porch, you can even grab indoor pillows to spruce up a space for an evening of entertaining and then bring them back inside.
The porch of this eco-friendly home is made from naturally sourced concrete and marble. To create a focal point, designers installed a unique stone statue that, when hit by the uplighting, resembles a piece of gold. Surrounding this statue is stone, eliminating the home's need for irrigation.
This cozy, breezy screened porch is perfect for entertaining or relaxing with family and friends. Sofas flank the rustic stone fireplace, offering fireside seating, and a large dining table accommodates a crowd.
Drought-Tolerant Shrubs and Artwork Fill Otherwise Blank Corners
When she first visited the site of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, landscape designer Katharine Webster noted blank, rectangular spaces in the entry leading to the home's front door. With voices of her Harvard professors in her head saying, "don't make corners for squirrels to die in," Webster filled the blank spaces with artwork and drought-tolerant shrubs.