This dream porch was created during a re-do of a 1930s Lake Michigan cabin. The screen porch was enlarged to 20 x 20 feet for entertaining, and the porch's new 18-foot-tall stone fireplace includes a raised hearth that's wide enough for sitting.
If you like the look, adapt parts of it to fit your budget: the pretty green beams, a comfy sofa, even just an unusual end table.
Swing into summer style with our bright and comfy porch, pictured on the cover of Midwest Living's May/June 2015 issue. Play a game, sip a glass of lemonade, curl up with a book or just stretch out to relax—this porch accommodates it all.
Bright Adirondacks contrast with white heirloom wicker and carry the same color scheme as the fabric used in the upholstery and pillows for a pretty lakeside palette. "We live on the porch," says the owner of this Door County, Wisconsin, home. "The water, the breeze—it's spectacular!"
On the wraparound porch of this Nebraska farmhouse, a painted farm table and wire chairs with new cushions echo the interior. A weathered windmill tail propped against the porch wall becomes uncommon art.
A hammock piled with pillows serves as a relaxing, shaded afternoon nap spot in this Midwest home.
An "entryway" of potted plants leads to furniture arranged for conversation, creating the sense of a special retreat on a large porch. Outdoor-safe fabrics mean there is no reason to skimp on cushions and pillows.
The relaxed, stay-awhile style of the porch in this Michigan vacation home comes from revived bargain finds: wicker furniture painted black, pillows wearing grain sacks, an old factory cart converted into a coffee table and a metal watering jug made into a lamp. A focal-point burgundy potbelly stove heats the space in fall and winter when glass panes replace screens.
Make a style statement with pattern pillows on comfy seats. Wrap swing chains in rope for a pretty accent.
Unify mismatched furniture with a fresh coat of paint. A charcoal hue makes this new porch swing and a secondhand cane-back chair feel like a matched set.
Adirondacks in a row take advantage of the view at this Lake Michigan home. Side tables between chairs make handy landing spots for nibbles and drinks.
These northern Wisconsin homeowners added a retractable canvas cover to turn part of their deck into a porch with a view. The decor throughout the renovated 1983 home is "cabin-y, casual, unpretentious," says the homeowner, with a mix of hand-me-down furniture and repurposed pieces from secondhand stores and tag sales.
Containers of bright blooms and a pair of rocking chairs sweeten the look in a semi-enclosed porch.
Elements from indoor decor—floral prints, an antique bird cage, even nailhead trim—combine for a romantic look.
An antique light casts an old-fashioned glow over this pristine arrangement.
Large window walls bring spectacular views and natural light to this covered porch. Darker wood tones accent the scene.
A coffee table invites kicking back. Preserve its patina of age to keep the feel casual.
Fresh bouquets set out on a shelf put blooms in the spotlight. The botanical feel continues in floral prints on pillows that soften a mix of old and new furnishings. Toe-pleasing rugs and a soft palette make it all the more relaxed.
Weather-resistant wicker furniture is just the ticket for comfortable outdoor seating areas that expand your living space and set a cottage mood at your front door. Include indoor amenities such as comfy cushions and a coffee table for drinks and books.
A narrow porch still accommodates seating. Just two Adirondack chairs and salvage as a table fit naturally into this green setting.
A pile of pillows softens any seat. Candles in lanterns warm the look.
High-back settee and wire chairs mix it up for a casual mood. Natural linens on the table keep things serene under the boldly sized pendent light.
Wood and stone provide substantial weight to a rustic scene accented with modern furniture.
Log chairs and green cushions reflect the natural beauty of the tall trees nearby.
Soft cushions invite leisurely lounging on this porch, while patterned rugs provide comfort and texture underfoot.
Plant some shade-loving annuals in a hanging basket or window box for living color. Or fill vases with bouquets.
A simple way to dress up a porch: Lean a colorful reclaimed shutter against the wall and use it as an easel for vintage art.
Blue, red and yellow elements pop against the wood house, adding cheer to a sunny corner.
Graphic elements like the bold pendent and geometric pillows add punch in the neutral scene without detracting from the look.
An old pine table anchors this screen porch. A painted chalkboard top encourages doodling—and hides imperfections. (To make your own chalkboard paint, mix 2 tablespoons unsanded grout per 1 cup of matte paint.)
A combination of bright chairs, a small side table and a comfy bench against a brick wall create an inviting setting in a small area. Striped drapes and a few decorative pillows complete the look.
Lavish furniture and decor set in warm neutral colors amp up the wow factor in this large patio.
A director's chair and bold red chairs gather friends and family before the table.
If you have a porch nook, keep extra dishes in open storage for quick access during meals--and a colorful summer display. No nook? Add an inexpensive shelving unit.
Borrow on indoor spaces to enhance a deck. Artwork on the wall, lamps, pillows, books on the table—these are details that give it life. Weatherproof cushions on teak furniture invite lounging. Orange toss pillows add citrusy splashes of color. And a rolling bar cart eases entertaining.
Wicker chairs surrounding a simple round table, creating an inviting space for family and friends.
Make even a small porch special by using colorful chairs and accessories. At this Empire, Michigan, vacation cottage, two bright turquoise Adirondack chairs and whimsical folk art set the tone.
A motorized retractable screen tempers nature’s extremes—glaring sun and buzzing insects—to ensure a pleasant gathering.
Pulling all the furniture up to a coffee table outside does the same trick as indoor seating arrangments—facilitates conversation. The oversize basket under the coffee table provides convenient storage for throws for when there is a chilll in the air.
As dusk falls, there is no reason to go inside when you've provided subtle lighting and warmth. No built-in fireplace? Ethanol-burning fireplaces are safe for patio use and come in a variety of sizes from wall-mount to table-top.
On this wide front porch, extra-large planters full of ferns and creeping Jenny echo the green of the landscaping. Bold stripes on chair cushions and paper lanterns add modern kick, plus the black-and-white scheme is oh-so-trendy.
Colorful pillows make outdoor furniture welcoming. Repurpose a few in a rainbow of hues from your living room.
Shutters on a screened porch add privacy and block views or sun. French doors pull guests out of the house and onto the porch.
Repeating the hanging lighting style pulls together areas for different uses. One chandelier over the conversation area and one over the dining table unify the spaces even while a rug underfoot delineates them.
No matter your perch, place it to take advantage of the view. This lone rocker gives the owner the perfect spot to admire the lush garden.
A lakeside lounging area is perfect to unwind and enjoy a beautiful view.
Hang a swing at one end of the porch and pile it with pillows for a cozy perch. Durable outdoor fabric resists water and fading.
A bold color on a couple of pieces of furniture adds impact and contrasts with the earthy elements on this screen porch.
A graceful chaise and other modern furniture on this northern Wisconsin porch offers water views—and the perfect place for an afternoon nap.