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Enhance your outdoor cottage garden design with fresh porch and patio ideas.

“Posh Porches” — Alabama Gardener, May 2010

Enhance Your Outdoor Cottage Garden Design with Fresh Porch or Patio Ideas

Does your front porch need a makeover? Mine sure did—it still had old furniture that came with the house, fading fabric on the furniture, a dead fern,  and an old 1950s tile floor. Thankfully, I came up with a few ideas to convert my old-style front porch into a posh, relaxing space.

My aim was to make the porch a gathering place for greeting friends and neighbors; as well as a haven for relaxation after a long day’s work. At the same time, I also wanted to make sure the porch blended with the interior of my home. Using a relaxed, sophisticated style similar to my home interior, I got to work. This went beyond just buying a few outdoor rugs for the patio; it involved softening the tile floor with Pennsylvania bluestone, and picking the right accessories and furniture—scale is very important for porch furniture.

The article “Posh Porches” was featured in Alabama Gardener, May 2010. Download it here to see pictures of the porch makeover and get inspired to make your porch a haven of relaxation.

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