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With its prime location overlooking the yard, a porch offers the perfect place for serious relaxation. To emphasize this idea in his own Shelter Island, New York, home, interior designer Tom Fallon transformed the space into a full-fledged room. He anchored the furniture—vintage wicker and rattan united by a coat of hunter-green paint—with a natural rug, and hung mirrors and a watercolor from the shingles. Cushions in navy, white, and citrus yellow add color, while trim with a pale celery hue draws attention to the 1875 Carpenter Gothic's louvered shutters and distinctive arched windows. "The look is classic, even a bit quiet, which contrasts with the house's exuberant architecture," Fallon says. Here, similar pieces for your outdoor area.
Add Gothic-style detailing with this whitewashed frame, carved in Bali.
About $29; eBay
Resin Wicker End Table
Designed specifically for outdoor use, this handwoven option features a solid rattan frame.
About $70; Plow & Hearth
Provide a neutral, outdoorsy backdrop with a banded area rug made of naturally durable, stain-resistant fibers.
About $99 for a 6-by-9-foot rug; Natural Area Rugs
Ceramic Water Pitcher
Made by Thai artisans, this piece of celadon pottery lets you serve cool drinks in style.
About $90; Novica
Rattan Arm Chair
Though pricey, this painted seat is an exact match to the antique finds shown at left.
About $1,190; Maine Cottage
Make cushions pop with striped outdoor fabrics.
Robert Allen Backyard Fun in yellow, about $47 per yard
Club Stripe in blue, about $37 per yard; Decorator's Best
White-pine slatted shades turn basic windows into a focal point.
About $46 for two; The Home Depot
Liven them up with a coat of exterior latex in Hearts of Palm.
About $45 per gallon; Sherwin-Williams
Stash magazines or a spare blanket in this rough-hewn basket, crafted from stacked willow twigs.
About $40; Twig Factory