We spend a lot of time on our porches. We host neighbors on late summer nights over a pitcher of sweet tea, bring girlfriends over for coffee and catch-ups, and spend Saturday mornings with our family on the porch swing. Southern porches can make or break a home, and your porch should be a spot you can easily turn to for entertaining. We turned to Senior Homes Editor Zoë Gowen for her best tips on how to make your outdoor space a fresh and inviting room. The first idea? Think of your porch as an interior room. There's no need to be too choosy about furniture, but make sure that whatever you're choosing is comfortable and enough room for those you want to host. Be sure to also consider lighting. You'll likely be spending evenings on the porch, so think of lanterns or lamps that will bring ambience to the space. With a few other simple upgrades, you'll be on your way to the perfect Southern porch.

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