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Create a Rustic, Wicker-Filled Porch

In this cozy seating area, woven furniture and woodsy accent pieces come together to create a true outdoor living room

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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.

Arched Mirror

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Add Gothic-style detailing with this whitewashed frame, carved in Bali.

About $29; eBay

Resin Wicker End Table

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Designed specifically for outdoor use, this handwoven option features a solid rattan frame.

About $70; Plow & Hearth

Seagrass Rug

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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

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Made by Thai artisans, this piece of celadon pottery lets you serve cool drinks in style.

About $90; Novica

Rattan Arm Chair

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Though pricey, this painted seat is an exact match to the antique finds shown at left.

About $1,190; Maine Cottage


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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

Louvered Shutters

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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

Rustic Storage

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Stash magazines or a spare blanket in this rough-hewn basket, crafted from stacked willow twigs.

About $40; Twig Factory