Meant to look like an interior space this backyard porch serves as this familys second living room.
Made for Heavy Traffic
In keeping with the home’s brick and columned exterior, residential designer and builder Todd Wilson, also of Valdosta, encircled the porch on two sides with handsome box columns. He also covered the inner walls with lap siding, not only to weatherproof the space, but also to give it texture. Anticipating the constant flow of this ever-active family, Todd installed handsome brick flooring for its permanence and good looks. Counterbalancing these hard surfaces, comfy cushions and pillows fashioned from patterned and solid fabrics fluff up the seating. Large ferns and hanging baskets of bougainvillea soften the space and serve as a constant reminder that you’re not inside―just in case you forget.
- Shades of Light has a lamp with a beautiful blue base that is similar to the antique lamp in this space. Available at Shades of Light, www.shadesoflight.com.
- A sisal rug is perfect for outside. Available at JC Penney, www.jcpenney.com.
- The clock keeps on ticking, rain or shine. Available at Target, www.target.com.
- Punch up an outdoor space with polka dots! Noveltex makes a fabric called Spring Dot in Turquoise on Oyster. Found at Forsythe Fabrics, Atlanta; (404) 351-6050.
- Sit by the soft glow of candlelight with a decorative lantern candle stand. Bobbie Harris of Artistic Flowers in Moultrie, Georgia, can get you one; (229) 890-1883.
- Relax on the weather-resistant furniture from Meadowcraft; www.meadowcraft.com.
"Hang Out on the Porch" is from the May 2008 issue of Southern Living.