Porches That Pack A Punch

As a city dweller I'm desperately jealous of those who have a porch. This is one of the most perfect times of the year to grab a cold one from the fridge and head outside to watch the sunset and relax after a long day of work. Porches don't have to be boring and uncomfortable — they're meant to be an outdoor representation of your home; so make them count!A porch can be an open air or somewhat enclosed portion of your home. Don't be afraid to bring linens, lamps and life outside to make the space more inviting. When I think of sitting on a porch with a cold Arnold Palmer (the drink, silly) I immediately think of a calming environment and that certainly entails a comfortable place to sit and attractive accessories to look at.

It's okay to hang curtains on your porch or have a couch covered in pillows; the more the merrier! Hang paper lanterns to add dramatic color and a romantic ambiance. Lay out a lush outdoor rug with floor pillows so you can take your relaxation to the next level. Life is about enjoying the beautiful days and not being worried about a little rain!

Images: 1. Jessica Thomas, 2. Martha Stewart, 3. Lonny Mag, 4. House Beautiful, 5. Domino Magazine