Come, Sit for a Spell

by Melanie, September 25, 2012

September brings bright, crisp mornings and warm, sunny afternoons — perfect times to relax on your porch with family and friends (or all alone with a good book).  Whether you are sipping an early morning cup of coffee or Friday afternoon cocktails, you can turn your porch space into a stylish yet comfortable extension of your home. 

Take a look at some of these great porches to find the inspiration — and the critical elements — for your perfect porch….



Southern Living
Comfortable seating is key.  Chair cushions, rugs and pillows soften an outdoor space and make it inviting.  (A gorgeous view is always nice too…)
House Beautiful
Stools are great multi-taskers — the black wicker on this porch provides seating flexibility as well as a great spot to set a tray of drinks.  The ceiling fan helps control the temperature and deters uninvited (bug) guests.
Source:  Reinvented
Bright pillows are a fabulous focal point and multiple lighting options allow for a variety of moods and tasks in this space.


Source:  Pedro Camara on Pinterest

Love the light fixtures and earthy feel on this pretty porch.



Better Homes & Gardens

Outdoor drapery is another great way to soften your porch and make it feel more like a room.

Traditional Home
Tables are critical – either for mixing and serving, or holding your beverage while you shake hands with the neighbor who just strolled up the walk.  This old bar cart was upgraded with glossy white spray paint to make the perfect porch bar.


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Always add foliage!  The plants on this porch keep the vibe lively and natural and provide a connection to the rest of the yard.


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This porch has it all:  the easy, breezy swing is made comfy with bright pops of yellow; a sleek iron and wood cocktail table holds your beverage; lots of foliage keeps the space feeling fresh and natural; lighting and a fan control the ambiance; an area rug softens the wood floor; and look, you can even see the stars!


Doesn’t it make you want to sit for a spell?

Every September, we shift into overdrive adjusting to the back-to-school and back-to-work madness.  This year, take some time to relax and make sitting on a pretty porch a September priority. 

Do it!

P.S.  Why not serve a tasty fall inspired beverage?

Ginger & Apple & Bourbon!

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