Outdoor weather is officially upon us here in the northeast United States and I thought I would help bring in the season with a little ode to the old American pastime of lounging on porch swings, drinking ice tea, catching up with neighbors and just kicking back and taking it a little easy for a moment as the lazy days of summer roll in. Enjoy! Shown above – a veranda added on to a historic Hudson Valley Estate boasts an Egyptian chandelier, a dining table by Tucker Robins, and aluminum chairs by Knoll. Designed by Architect Alison Spear, photo by Joshua McHugh, featured in Architectural Digest.
This tiny porch features an antique French daybed upholstered in white denim, with outdoor curtains and a woven side table by West Elm. Designed by Lloyd Ralphs Design. Featured in House & Home, April 2007.
Designed by architect Bill Ryall, this sunny Long Island porch is screened in with simple wood framing and features a 1950s butterfly chair, a plywood-top table with industrial folding legs, a simple white fabric runner and folding wood chairs. Photo by John M. Hall. Featured in Elle Decor.
A deep built in bench, topped with plump cushions, allows for comfortable seating or napping. Photo by Jean-Philippe Piter. Featured in Coastal Living.
Welcome to the outdoor lounge of designer Monica Penaguião in Palmela, Portugal (You didn’t think I would be able to confine the design goodness to just the U.S. did you?). The built in ledges serve as a resting place for mattresses and cushions made from Turkish fabrics, an antique kilim rug defines the floor area and additional seating is provided by Tolix stools and chairs. Photo via Nuevo Estilo.
Designed by Marià Castelló and Daniel Redolat, this clean lined outdoor area provides ample seating for guests and is just plain gorgeous set against the rustic walls and woven overhang. Location – the Spanish island of Formentera. Photo by Estudi Es Pujol de s’Era.
Back in the states – this charming porch was part of Southern Living’s Idea House 2012. The swing is by The Original Charleston Bed Swing, the fabrics are from Sunbrella, the Chevron Stripe rug is from Ballard Designs, and the Garden Seats are from Ballard Designs.
These graphic cushions, found on an Ibiza shopping trip, give big style to a small porch in photographer Mario Testino’s 1930s Spanish style Hollywood Hills home. Photos by Mario Testino for Vogue, March 2012.
And we close on a quiet note, on the front porch of interior designer, Jessica Helgerson. The red metal chair is by Fermob and available through French Bistro Furniture.com. Location - Sauvie Island, Oregon. Photo by Lincoln Barbour.