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  • Lucy Waltz

    outdoor spaces on a budget | porch with porch swing, outdoor furniture and area rug, man sits ...

  • Megan Seegmiller

    Outdoor living spaces

  • Carrie Robbins

    Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com | from 39 Budget-Wise Ways to Create Outdoor Rooms (perhaps add a porch swing to a side of the porch that won't have anything to add more seating)

  • JetSetBaby

    a porch with porch swing, outdoor furniture and area rug, man sits reading on the porch swing. 39 Budget-Wise Ways to Create Outdoor Rooms

  • Melissa Snow

    Craftsman front porch swing tied with rope

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