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Summer Lovin’: Pretty Porches

Fun and breezy ideas for decorating a porch from Babble.com

In the northeast, our winters are so long and brutal that we can’t help but find any and every excuse to soak up the outdoors the other six months of the year. (No, really. Winter here in upstate New York can really last six months some years!) Maybe it’s because of that fact that I am obsessed with porches. For dining out, for enjoying the morning coffee, for lounging, for reading, for sleeping, for entertaining. The home I live in currently has a little enclosed side porch where I sit and blog most days. I watch the world whiz on by and enjoy the breeze while I work away. It’s “work” at it’s finest! So today I thought I’d inspire you with some of the prettiest porches going. Don’t have a porch? No worries! Take the inspiration to your patio, balcony or back deck. It’s really just all about enjoying the little moments while soaking in all summer has to offer.


  • Florida Screen Porch 1 of 10
    Florida Screen Porch
    Natural wicker chairs, a two-tone painted table and sweet summery color palette make this Florida screen porch a winner for me!
    Photo from Life As an Artistpreneur.
  • Sleeping Porch 2 of 10
    Sleeping Porch
    Ahhh yes, a sleeping porch! Isn't this a perfect place to enjoy an afternoon nap?
    Photo from Fresh Home Ideas.
  • Porch Family Room 3 of 10
    Porch Family Room
    This enclosed porch is like the perfect little family room with a couch for lounging and an old table for playing boardgames or dining.
    Photo from Houzz.
  • Back Deck Fun 4 of 10
    Back Deck Fun
    This back deck is simple and inviting with prettiest aqua picnic table. What's not to love?
    Photo from Sunset.
  • Porch Swinging 5 of 10
    Porch Swinging
    How sweet is this porch with it's sisal rug, porch swing and wicker furniture? I love the curtains, too, for a little extra shade and privacy!
    Photo from Country Living.
  • A Modern Lakefront Porch 6 of 10
    A Modern Lakefront Porch
    This porch boasts lakefront views and bold colors that I absolutely love!
    Photo from Atlanta Homes.
  • Porch Living Room 7 of 10
    Porch Living Room
    I love the color this porch is painted and the abundance of couch seating. It makes it like the ultimate outdoor living room!
    Photo from Design*Sponge.
  • Back Porch Dining 8 of 10
    Back Porch Dining
    This rustic porch gets a touch of pretty charm with a simple table, folding chairs, an indoor/outdoor rug in a bold pattern and pretty striped linens. So easy and yet someplace I'd love to spend long hours chatting with friends!
    Photo from Lonny.
  • Coffee on the Front Porch 9 of 10
    Coffee on the Front Porch
    This little chair and table are so simple and yet a perfect addition to any outdoor space large or small. Coffee anyone?
    Photo from Lonny.
  • City Dwelling 10 of 10
    City Dwelling
    Ok, city dwellers! This one is for you. A charming little table perched on a balcony with a little pop of green. Perfection!
    Photo from Lonny.

Read more from Cyd at The Sweetest Occasion.
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