Southern Living Porch Style

Southern Living Porch Style

Southern Living Porch Style
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The South’s most iconic room - the porch - stars in this special collector’s edition, full of outdoor decorating ideas and design inspo. Whether you have a front porch, patio, deck, veranda, screened porch, lanai, or even a tiny balcony, you’ll find ways to arrange furniture, throw a party, accent with pillows, frame a view, and more!

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Meredith Corporation
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6 min.
decorating school

SOUTHERN CLASSIC HAINT BLUE It’s not a Southern porch without a ceiling painted a unique shade of aqua. Here are our picks for the perfect hue Spend a weekend house-hunting in Charleston or strolling the streets of Savannah and you’ll likely notice that many of the houses have one thing in common: a sky-blue porch ceiling. While the practice is widespread across much of the South and has even made its way beyond the region, the tradition of painting porch ceilings blue began with the Gullah Geechee communities of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah Geechee people painted their doors, window frames, shutters, and porch ceilings blue as a means of protection. They believed the color would act as a sort of repellent for “haints,” or spirits of the dead, who might…

12 min.
screen play

MODERN COTTAGE ATHENS, GEORGIA DESIGNER Susan Hable Smith, Hable Construction Why It Works The beaded-board ceiling and painted floor of this new porch are in keeping with the home’s early 20th-century Victorian roots, but the extra-large panels of screening and lack of gingerbread cutouts, along with Smith’s artful mix of furnishings, give it a modern feel. Added during a renovation, the space quickly became her family’s favorite spot. “It’s so nice to be outside and be bug free!” she says. Notice the Details AN ENVELOPE OF DARK BROWN Even though the back wall of the porch is an exterior wall, Smith painted it the same color as the ceiling, floor, and trim (Studio Green by Farrow & Ball) to make the space feel more like an interior room. As a bonus, the dark color helps draw…

3 min.
the south poll

WHAT’S THE PRETTIEST PORCH IN THE SOUTH? IT’S UNANIMOUS—A PORCH’S BEAUTY IS DEFINED AS MUCH BY THE VIEW LOOKING OUT AS BY WHAT’S FOUND INSIDE THE COLUMNS. WE POLLED TASTEMAKERS AND DESIGNERS ACROSS THE SOUTH, AND HERE’S WHERE THEY’LL BE PORCHING THIS SUMMER 1 Magnolia Hall at SCAD SAVANNAH “This porch is Southern in its every detail—a frame of ferns and Spanish moss, classic haint blue ceilings, and (of course) a magnolia tree. Plus, it has a bird’s-eye view of Forsyth Park.” Paula Wallace, President, Savannah College of Art and Design 2 Cheekwood Botanical Garden NASHVILLE “As I walk out onto this loggia I am always drawn to the balustrade to gaze over the spectacular views of Middle Tennessee. And when the wisteria blooms in the spring, it is simply the most magical place.” Elizabeth Nichols, CEO, Taigan 3 Husk CHARLESTON,…

3 min.
throw a porch party

1 MIX A HOUSE COCKTAIL “In our warmer months, the menu and beverages should be light and refreshing,” says Guérard. In other words, keep the ingredients and recipe simple, and then add a little flair. Save the shaking and muddling for more formal affairs. Guérard’s signature drink: vodka, soda water, crushed ice, and a splash of fresh grapefruit juice. Top it off with a stirrer, which she upgrades with a glued-on shell, and then serve to guests with a cloth cocktail napkin. 2 EMBRACE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Guérard shares her secrets to being a happy hostess despite a little chaos Create an inviting space. The goal is to create a comfy place for eating, sitting, and sipping with friends and family. It can be anywhere: on a porch, under a tree, or by a dance…

4 min.
gulf hideaway

“I drew a circle with a 200-mile radius around our home in Thomasville, Georgia. Anywhere with water would do—a river, lake, or ocean. We weren’t looking for extravagance, just something that was down-to-earth and easy to manage,” says Haile McCollum, who grew up sailing in the Northeast. Her husband, Ben, a Thomasville native, had spent summers visiting family friends in St. Teresa, Florida, and the couple was seeking a spot where their sons, Parker, 14, and William, 11, could have similar life-on-the-water experiences. “Close proximity was the dealmaker. We wanted to be able to leave our house on Friday afternoons in time to catch the sunset.” Just under 2 hours from Thomasville, St. Teresa was ideal. Located east of Apalachicola, this 3-mile stretch of beach maintains a rustic, genuine Panhandle culture—a slow…

2 min.
done in a day!

Like so many new homeowners, when Kelly and Walker Burley first moved into their Alabama farmhouse, they focused on making the interior feel like home. As a result, the outside housed a hodgepodge of furniture that was the wrong size and scale for the space. The solution: Approach the project like an indoor room. With a few easy, cheerful ideas from designer Elly Poston, this porch instantly went from drab to fab. PROBLEM #1: Scattered and misplaced furniture SOLUTION: The art of furniture arranging doesn’t just apply to the living room. Poston designed different zones, which separated the porch into three “rooms.” The main “living room” is anchored by a white wicker sofa from Serena & Lily, a pair of wicker chairs from Ballard Designs, simple side tables, and a pair of…