A wood-burning fireplace is the center of attention in this section of the porch, and dozing, reading, and chatting are the orders of the day. The fireplace was designed to echo the two fireplaces inside the house. Kathy admits she’s a fire fiend, lighting fires just as soon as the weather gets slightly chilly.
She played up Brad’s parallel fireplace design by hanging twin sections of salvaged stair railing on the chimneys in the outdoor kitchen and the fireside lounge. An indoor-outdoor rug softens and defines the gathering space. The cushy seating that surrounds the hearth counts as the porch’s only new furniture; the arrangement includes an upholstered swing that Kathy had custom made based on an antique bench she saw at a Paris flea market.
Bench swing: custom; for a similar look, try the Cabbage Hill 5-ft. Red Cedar Porch Swing in Natural Cedar; porchswings.com.