Funky Front Porches

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

With all of the gorgeous summer nights we get to experience here in San Diego, I’ve been thinking about redesigning my front porch to be able to enjoy each sunset from the comfort of my own home.  There are so many ways to design a beautiful and functional porch regardless of how large or small your area may be.  Do you prefer to lounge out front in a rustic Adirondack chair?  Or perhaps cozy up to a nest or hammock?  There are so many options to choose from that can work in even the smallest of porches!

 

My husband and I live right by the beach, and love to spend our evenings outside grilling and enjoying the evenings from our porch.  Having a smaller area to work with, we’ve been looking for the perfect little bistro set to have a drink and some munchies on without using up too much space!

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

 

These hanging nests are so fun and look just absolutely cozy!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

If you’re looking for something more traditional, you can never go wrong with paired rockers.  Brighten it up and add some personal style for each season with fun pillows like these!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

When I see nests as comfortable-looking as this, I just want to curl up with a good book for hours, don’t you?

West Elm

West Elm

 

Personally, I’m a huge fan of whites and neutrals in the home, and I especially love the fresh, bright look it gives this porch.  I love the way they incorporated a little pop of color with that gorgeous turquoise bench!

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

Always a favorite, Kouboo knows how to add some serious style to a porch!  If you prefer to lounge in the backyard, try making a bold statement with tropical plants out front!

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

I love this idea for a family beach house.  Although they are the same style rocker, the differing colors add a fun edge- not to mention that each person can pick their own color.

Grandin Road

Grandin Road

 

If you like the hanging nest, add a little uniqueness with a design like this seahorse or a hanging bench with funky throw pillows!

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Hayneedle

Hayneedle

 

 

Which style front porch do you like best?  We always love to see your pictures!

Pretty Porches

The temperature hit 80 degrees in Boston yesterday!  The first time since last October!   The warm weather makes me want to spend all my free time outside.  Unfortunately, the past winter did a job to my porch, requiring a fresh coat of paint, some new cushions for the furniture, and an overall sprucing up.  Here are some ideas to freshen up your porch.  Get started now, and you’ll be out there sipping sangria by June!

 

White rockers are one of my favorite porch pieces.  Even if I’m not sitting there, just looking at them makes me relax.  Navy and white are such a great combination.  I love this navy door!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

More navy and white!  Think about slipcovers for your furniture – use a white indoor/outdoor fabric and then throw them in the laundry (with bleach!) and they’ll look fresh for many summers!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

If you have the room, think about arranging your furniture in a circle with a nice big round coffee table (perhaps one with a fire pit in the middle).  Such a great place to sit with friends on a summer night!

HGTV

HGTV

 

Maybe it’s a bit of nostalgia, but I love porch swings.  These are nice and deep to cozy up with a good book, or to relax and take a well deserved nap!

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

 

For those of you in Southern California and in the warm South, I’m envious of your year-round ability to sit outdoors.  An outdoor fireplace is perfect for when the nights start to get a little chilly!

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

 

Natural fibers are a great option for porch furniture.  I love the casual elegance of a wicker, seagrass, or rattan chair.

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

 

Who says chairs have to match??  A porch is a perfect opportunity to break out of your matchy-matchy decorating traditions!

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

 

And, of course, a sofa or sectional to stretch out and relax on is a luxury you owe yourself!  Whatever your porch space, large or small, screened or open, make it a special place to go and enjoy the beautiful days ahead!!

West Elm

West Elm

 

What will your porch look like this Summer?