When the meal ends and evening comes, everyone moves to a seating area of wicker furniture before the fireplace. The natural ventilation of the big room has proved so comfortable in summer that family members often chat into the wee hours and inflate air mattresses to convert the spacious area into a sleeping porch.
Tip: Columns are grounded in the thick foundation, so all four sides of the room can be left completely open without the need for diagonal bracing.
Floor and wall brick: 26-HB 3⁄4" Thin Brick; glengerybrick.com.
Wicker sofa and armchairs: For a similar look, try Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Sofa and Armchair in honey; potterybarn.com.
Rug: Seagrass with brown border; ballarddesigns.com.