Create a Stylish Porch
Because it straddles the line between the house and the great outdoors, a front porch often requires furnishings that favor functionality over elegance. But that doesn't mean the space can't look great. Consider the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, porch shown here: Vintage metal cafe chairs pop in bright orange, while an all-weather bench looks polished in a glossy black finish. A faded Oriental rug, which serves as an indoor runner during the winter, anchors the seating; a galvanized trunk, which stores extra blankets and seasonal decorations, acts as a coffee table. "Everything here has a purpose," says designer and homeowner Danny Seo. "But it also represents my eclectic tastes." To further personalize the space, Seo added potted flowers and custom wall art that he made by hanging flea-market pie tins like a metal wall sculpture. For ways to incorporate equally cozy-yet-utilitarian touches into your own outdoor room, read on.