Create a Patriotic Porch
Red accents and classic wicker make this outdoor room a real conversation starter
There's nothing like whiling away the afternoon on a front porch, a lemonade in your hand and a breeze in your hair, waving to passersby and maybe even inviting them on up for a cool drink of their own. That's the idea behind this cottage-style front porch in Habersham, South Carolina, the creation of interior designer Linda Woodrum. The centerpiece, of course, is a cozy conversation set made of traditional wicker that's plush with plenty of cushions for lounging. Striped red pillows add an extra punch that echoes the clapboard-sided home's red shutters. A tray of sodas—with a cooler full of extras—means guests are taken care of, and a folksy birdhouse and a basket of candles add a personal touch. To bring this charming look to your porch or patio, read on.
A folk art-inspired find looks right at home on an open porch. We painted a crafts-store version, taping off the stripes and using a DIY template for the stars.
About $7; Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores