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Living "walls" made of boxwoods, hostas, and hydrangeas create a cozy and secluded outdoor dining room.

Outdoor Dining Room

A painted wood valance dresses up the porch window.

The Porch - Norman Askins' Mountain Cottage - Southern Living

Austin, Texas, architect Tim Cuppett's down-to-earth design with forward-thinking accents turns the farmhouse ideal on its head for a vibrant family of four.

Elevated slightly above ground and cloaked in a tall stand of shady oaks, the southeast-facing abode takes advantage of meadow views from every angle.

Link to the Land

Porch: The Details | Treat the furniture arrangements like you would inside—but not the materials. The porch is exposed to the elements, so outfit it accordingly with outdoor fabrics and rugs, such as these Sunbrella cushions and pillows.

Palmetto Bluff Idea House Photo Tour

Porch: The Decorating | Mimicking the style of the living room, this outdoor porch is made stylish and comfortable with a blue-and-white palette, flexible seating arrangements and an edited mix of styles and materials.

Palmetto Bluff Idea House Photo Tour

Porch: The Space | At 49 feet long and 12 feet deep, the wraparound back porch was conceived as a series of three rooms, not a narrow hallway.

Palmetto Bluff Idea House Photo Tour

Elegant Colonial Porch | Keeping all of the furniture the same style allows its defining lines to have a stronger impact in the small space.

75 Breezy Porches and Patios

Modern Cottage Screened Porch | Just off the kitchen, this Athens, Georgia, screened porch connects the interior to the patio for seemless entertaining.

75 Breezy Porches and Patios

Narrow plant beds create the perfect layout for an outdoor living room.

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Farmhouse Porch | Visible from the front door, the back porch's centered round table offers a pretty place for flowers or serving during a party. |

Farmhouse Restoration Idea House Tour

White Farmhouse Porch Swing | This plush white porch swing provides extra seating for this spacious wrapped covered porch—perfect for entertaining. |

Sit a Spell! 9 Peaceful Porch Swings

Elegant Black Porch Swing | This classic porch features a comfortable bed-style swing. Clear the calendar—once you take the first swing, you'll be here for hours. |

Sit a Spell! 9 Peaceful Porch Swings

Improve Life Outdoors | A screened porch is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while keeping the bugs at bay. |

Woodsy Beach House Makeover

Tree House Office | This octagonal tower-like "crofter" is used as a screen-in office with a 360-degree of the woods. |

Woodsy Beach House Makeover

Nature-Inspired Lakeside Table | A wood table is paired with iron chairs for rustic lakeside dining. Hurricanes filled with river rocks and pillar candles of varying height add a touch of elegance. |

12 Simply Beautiful Farm Tables

Antique Outdoor Farm Table | A long antique farm table surrounded by easily movable chairs can accommodate any crowd in this outdoor porch kitchen. |

12 Simply Beautiful Farm Tables

Handcrafted Pine Farm Table | To create an authentic feel, the homeowner sought out nearby artisans to construct the screened porch. The farm table was handcrafted from antique heart pine. |

12 Simply Beautiful Farm Tables

Beach House Porch | Every day, dolphins and great blue herons frolic and forage through the nearby marsh, making the view the true accessory of this outdoor room. |

Fresh & Friendly Beach House Makeover

Set a Rustic Table | Pair a wood table with iron chairs for rustic lakeside dining. Fill hurricanes with river rocks and pillar candles of varying height for a touch of elegance. |

23 Lake House Decorating Ideas

Garage Patio | This deluxe patio room used to be a rundown garage. To feel more intimate, the large, open space needed to be divided into rooms. Large containers of lush plants are grouped at varying heights to give this outdoor retreat scale. |

25 Bright Ideas for Outdoor Dining

Classical Pavilion | Similar to a folly, "the pavilion is a strong visual element that draws the eye to the long view and makes you want to stroll the garden to go see it." |

Tour a Classical Virginia Garden

Lush Loggia Patio | Miami designers Mimi McMakin and Ashley Sharpe of Kemble Interiors were inspired by the surrounding gardens and vintage Palm Beach style when they created this tropical patio. |

74 Breezy Porches and Patios

Freestanding Summer House Porch | Architect Norman Askins and interior designer Craig Duncan created this sophisticated summer house patio in Atlanta. Their inspiration came from the work of designer Dorothy Draper. The bamboo picture molding added to the mirror references her furniture designs. |

74 Breezy Porches and Patios

This vintage-inspired porch is the perfect retreat for furry friends.

Cute Overload! Adorable Pups in Pretty Rooms