Waking up to the sounds of the ocean? Yes, please!

"I like unexpected combinations that most people might be scared to try. But trust me—I test them out for a living!" says Harper. 

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

What's a sleeping porch? Although this home feature isn't typical, we would be thrilled to spend the night in this screened-in space at our 2017 Idea House on Bald Head Island. The porch offers privacy off of the upstairs landing, with two comfy hanging chairs, a daybed piled high with colorful cushions, lush greenery all around, and table perfect for entertaining. To take a tour of the space, simply click and drag on the video below. Jump around the room by clicking on the footprints in the video.

"This is one of my favorite spaces in the house because it's indoor/outdoor. It's very casual and relaxed," says Interior Designer Lindsey Coral Harper. With nice weather, the room easily lends itself to sleeping outside – just as the name implies. Or, you can lounge outside during inclement weather to listen to the rain. "It's very whimsical, it's very young, and it's very fun," says Lindsey. Want to hear Lindsey's take on the sleeping porch? Try out her guided tour below:

Just outside of the sleeping porch is a charming little walkway to an upstairs balcony, complete with two cushioned chairs and an entry to the upstairs bedroom. The space is full of colors and patterns, matching the vibrant and laid-back culture of the island.

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Now that we've seen what a sleeping porch can add to a home, we're dreaming up house plans in our minds. Is there anything more inviting than sharing a meal with friends on an outdoor, screened-in porch?