Create an Out of Africa-Style Porch
TOH reader Liz Shivel was just one of dozens of you who proclaimed your love for this breezy outdoor room. Here's how to create a similar look in your yard
WHO> Liz Shivel
WHERE> Huntington Beach, Calif.
WHAT> Chose this space, along with dozens of other readers, in a reader poll: "The room takes me on a faraway journey."
When it comes to outdoor entertaining spaces, striking the right balance between casual and sophisticated can be a challenge. This open-air dining room makes it look easy, blending British Colonial–style furnishings (including a caned daybed bought for only $20 at a flea market) with laid-back, island-inspired touches like rattan lamps and flowing curtains. "I chose elements that feel inviting but also a bit exotic," says Trip Hoffman, who designed the space. Bamboo chairs surround a gleaming white farm table while accent pieces perch atop an antique iron console; ethnic rugs provide color and help enliven the pale floors. Want an equally eclectic look for your place? Try these picks.
Suitable for any covered outdoor room, this Bridgeport fan features a textured finish and easy-to-clean plastic blades. Mount it from a rod in spaces with especially high ceilings.
About $139; Hunter Fan Company