With spring slowly but surely taking hold, my mind is turning to fresh spaces and favorite warm weather leisure spots. Nothing says relax like a plush porch swing! And thankfully, even the porch-less can achieve the feel indoors. • I still haven't quite gotten over the subtle and relaxing sophistication of Brad Ford's screened porch for the 2009 Hampton Designer Showhouse. Combining tailored indoor furnishings and accents with a variety of relaxed natural textures, the porch is a perfect transition from indoor to out. The pair of plush but streamlined hanging porch swings add the perfect breezy whimsy.
• Like Ford, Erin Paige Pitts used a pair of upholstered porch swings in her pool room for this year's DC Design House. The swings lend the airy room a laid back vibe that makes it feel more like an outdoor retreat than the indoor room that it is. Check out what the room looked like before Erin got her talented hands on it in this previous post.
• Stephen and Shauna have no shortage of quirky accessories and upbeat furnishings in their Lively Loft, but their hanging porch swing is a definite favorite.
• The expansive sleeping porch in Coastal Living's 2009 Seawatch Idea House used a plush hanging bed in the middle of the room. The swing acts as both breezy lounge spot and extra sleep space.
• Ginger Barber used a swing made out of willow in her Texas Ranch, adding a little airy country charm to her covered porch.
1: Brad Ford, 2: Leah Moss, 3: Somethings Hiding in Here, 4: Coastal Living, 5: House Beautiful