There’s nothing as welcoming as an afternoon on the porch. (Or your patio, veranda, terrace or deck, depending on which it is you have at your home.) A great deal of attention is being paid to these outdoor living spaces lately as we see a growing trend toward bringing the indoors outside. These “trends,” however, will not be fleeting, we don’t think. We believe they show tremendous staying power.
Whereas once these spaces were used mostly for late afternoon naps on warm summer afternoons, they are being re-thought out and reconsidered as they are capable of being so very much more. With the help of various shelter magazines, homeowners are paying close attention to the layout and details of these spaces. Separate living and dining areas are being created to maximize space and efficiency. A large space is not needed to do this. We are also noticing less of the typical outdoor furnishings and more furniture that seems to have come right from our own living rooms. We do want to note, however, should you want to replicate these looks that you opt for weather-friendly materials and fabrics that will hold up to sun, heat and moisture.
These spaces are utilitarian as well as comfortable, stylish and efficient. These spaces are designed to be used and enjoyed any time of the day – and all day long – from relaxing on a lazy afternoon with a great book and cold glass of iced tea, to hosting a casual luncheon, a family dinner or an evening celebration with champagne and dear friends.
Won’t you join us outdoors later on for a for a virtual glass of bubbly?
Images via Architectural Digest, Carolyn Roehm, and Southern Living