47 Porches and Patios We'd Love to Relax On

Grab a drink and a book and make your outdoor space your favorite escape with these decorating ideas.

Grab a drink and a book and make your outdoor space your favorite escape with these design ideas.

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A Sunny Spot

The porch of this is occupied by an old bench and edged with Japanese skimmia. 'Blushing Bride' hydrangeas bloom in a galvanized tub.

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Max Kim-Bee
Mission Style

A vine-wrapped pergola and boxy gray wicker seating offers contrasting shape, color, and texture in this backyard of this . Glazed pots filled with low-maintenance succulents create a layered look that mimics the home's interior.

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<p><strong>+&nbsp;</strong>Removing the beam was the first step toward converting the fireplace into a true focal point. To give it more heft, the whole thing was covered in inexpensive porcelain tile and the firebox was spray-painted black. The brass chandelier finishes the space with a little sparkle.</p>
<p><strong>+&nbsp;</strong>A pair of plush, weatherproof wicker sofas (from Target!) and that recessed TV instantly turned this spot into the most inviting space in the house.</p>
<p><strong>+&nbsp;</strong>Painting the railings, beams, and ceiling black actually made them less overbearing than they were in their original orange-brown finish. Now, the structural elements recede and allow the foliage and mountain views to take center stage.</p>
Sarah Dorio
Low Cost Luxe

The fireplace in this was covered in inexpensive porcelain tile. The brass chandelier finishes the space with a little sparkle.

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Lucas Allen
Down By The Lake

Simple enamel buckets make for cachepots with laid-back charm, while the exposed canoe paddles and firewood add to the rustic atmosphere of this .

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Gridley + Graves
A Ray Of Sunshine

To make natural shades of the lake and lawn of this pop even more, the owner outfitted the porch in complementary hues of orange and yellow. She covered the futon cushion with an iconic Marimekko print, which inspired the orange-and-yellow paint treatment on the lawn chairs.

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<p><span>"We eat every meal out here," say the owners of the screened-in side porch in <span>this rustic <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/homes/house-tours/south-carolina-getaway#slide-8" target="_blank">South Carolina getaway</a></span>. They found the bee skep in an Atlanta garden store.</span></p>
Alec Hemer
South Carolina Retreat

"We eat every meal out here," say the owners of the screened-in side porch in this rustic . They found the bee skep in an Atlanta garden store.

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<p>String lights from <a href="http://www.target.com/" target="_blank">Target</a> twinkle over the front porch, and <a href="http://www.potterybarn.com/" target="_blank">Pottery Barn</a> wicker furniture surrounds an antique folding table, where the family plays cards.</p>
Max Kim-Bee
Light and Airy

String lights from Target twinkle over the front porch of this , and Pottery Barn wicker furniture surrounds an antique folding table, where the family plays cards.

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Lobelia, daylilies, nasturtium, and garlic chives surround L.L. Bean Adirondack chairs on the patio, located between this <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/homes/house-tours/reggie-tarr-new-hampshire-garden" target="_blank">New Hampshire house </a>and the main red barn. The owner constructed the white field barn to store his tools.
Max Kim-Bee
Rustic Farm Patio

Lobelia, daylilies, nasturtium, and garlic chives surround L.L. Bean Adirondack chairs on the patio, located between this and the main red barn.

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<p>Pots of Marguerite daisies, lavender, and alliums brighten the porch off the library of this <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/homes/house-tours/mario-pollan-new-york-garden" target="_blank">New York garden home</a>. The owner bought the Adirondack chairs when he moved in 12 years ago.</p>
Max Kim-Bee
Garden Estate Porch

Pots of Marguerite daisies, lavender, and alliums brighten the porch off the library of this .

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<p>Wicker chairs from Target pull up to an antique pine table under a wisteria-covered pergola in this <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/homes/house-tours/jann-blazona-california-home-garden" target="_blank">California farmhouse</a>. Olive trees border either side of the gravel patio.</p>
Alec Hemer
A Place to Gather

Wicker chairs from Target pull up to an antique pine table under a wisteria-covered pergola in this . Olive trees border either side of the gravel patio.

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<p>The wicker patio set was a hand-me-down from a friend of the owner of this <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/homes/house-tours/cathy-collins-arkansas-cottage" target="_blank">Arkansas home</a>. Another pal sewed the love seat's cushion and pillow from fabric the owner scored at Jo-Ann.</p>
Mark Lohman
Down-Home Arkansas Porch

The wicker patio set was a hand-me-down from a friend of the owner of this . Another pal sewed the love seat's cushion and pillow from fabric the owner scored at Jo-Ann.

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<p>A wicker set by Summer Classics provides seating on the screened side-porch in this <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/homes/house-tours/historic-tennessee-home" target="_blank">Tennessee home</a>. Cast-off columns were repurposed as floor lamps.</p>
Alec Hemer
Screened Side-Porch

A wicker set by Summer Classics provides seating on the screened side-porch in this . Cast-off columns were repurposed as floor lamps.

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<p>Red Adirondack chairs by Cost Plus World Market look out on the Lemhi and Lost River mountains from this <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/homes/house-tours/rustic-idaho-cabin" target="_blank">Idaho cabin</a>'s back porch.</p>
Audrey Hall
Mountain Retreat

Red Adirondack chairs by Cost Plus World Market look out on the Lemhi and Lost River mountains from this 's back porch.

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<p>The combination of California weather and a fireplace makes this outdoor living area a year-round hangout. Wicker chairs from a local shop surround the coffee table, fashioned out of a reclaimed wine barrel. The walls are painted Collonade Gray by <a href="http://www.sherwin-williams.com/" target="_blank">Sherwin-Williams</a>, while the fireplace is painted China White by <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/" target="_blank">Benjamin Moore</a>.&nbsp;</p>
Victoria Pearson
California Hangout

The combination of California weather and a fireplace makes this outdoor living area a year-round hangout in this . Wicker chairs from a local shop surround the coffee table, fashioned out of a reclaimed wine barrel. The walls are painted Collonade Gray by Sherwin-Williams, while the fireplace is painted China White by Benjamin Moore.

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<p>Metal folding chairs (from Barton Springs Nursery in Austin) offer colorful contrast to a table built out of Texas limestone.</p>
Alec Hemer
Austin Back Patio

On this , metal folding chairs (from Barton Springs Nursery in Austin) offer colorful contrast to a table built out of Texas limestone.

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<p><span>Though the&nbsp;Motschenbachers honored the house's original footprint, they did add a&nbsp;1,500-square-foot back porch. "It's a simple American rancher, and we kept it that way," says Kelley. "We didn't want a Tuscan McMansion. Just someplace where we could relax after working in the yard."</span></p>
<p><strong>In this photo:</strong> The front porch's wooden gliders date to the 1930s.</p>
Victoria Pearson
Vintage Decor

The gliders on this 's front porch date to the 1930s.

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<p>Minnie (left) and Nash get cozy on the porch's iron-and-brass &shy;daybed, sporting a vintage seersucker coverlet. The &shy;Moroccan rug is from <a href="http://shop.canvashomestore.com/" target="_blank">Canvas</a>.</p>
<p>"It's my happy spot," Kurgan says of her front porch. "In the afternoon, when the light is coming in, it's one of my favorite places in the whole world."</p>
Max Kim-Bee
Cottage Porch

On this 's porch, dogs Minnie (left) and Nash get cozy on an iron-and-brass ­daybed, sporting a vintage seersucker coverlet. The ­Moroccan rug is from Canvas.

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Garden View

On the back patio of this , a marble-topped table from Napa Home, built from old railroad ties, is paired with African chairs that repurpose oil drums. The iron pendant light is by Laura Lee.

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Gathering Place

John Danzer, founder of the garden furniture company Munder-Skiles, designed the steel-framed sectional and the cedar coffee table on the screened-in porch of this cozy .

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Outdoor Dining

Mismatched woven chairs and a teak table set the scene for meals in the outdoor entertaining area of this .

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Bjorn Wallander
Cozy Cabin Porch

The homeowners of this entertain their son and daughter on the screened porch, outfitted with a Frontgate wicker sofa, a pair of antique beach chairs, and a woven trunk turned coffee table. The rug is from Pottery Barn.

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Jonny Valiant
Rustic Log Porch

The owners of this used sturdy chains and hooks to turn a bench into a swing; it joins similarly rustic chair and love seat, both by Old Hickory on the front porch.

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The front porch, furnished with a vintage metal glider, offers a dreamy view of the Catskill Mountains.
Ellen McDermott
Room with a View

The front porch of , furnished with a vintage metal glider, offers a dreamy view of the Catskill Mountains.

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Laura Moss
Tudor House Patio

Clematis and confederate jasmine climb a brick wall adjoining this 's back patio.

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Laura Moss
Garden Shed

This backyard offers extra outdoor living space, courtesy of a porch strung with a Pawleys Island hammock. The lanterns and cushions are by Pottery Barn.

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Gridley + Graves
Cottage Deck

Homeowner Linda and her daughter Lily—and their Scottish terriers Mack (left) and Maisie—eat breakfast on their 's deck.

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Oceanfront Patio

Colorful Adirondack chairs from Charleston Gardens brighten this 's terrace.

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<p>"There's nothing better than pulling beets from the ground, washing, roasting, and eating them, all in the same space," says Conway of the entertaining area he sited alongside the vegetable garden. He enlisted a contractor to build an open-air kitchen<em> </em>and an enclosed living room <em>&#151; </em>both outfitted with electricity and water. A patio of bluestone pavers links the two cedar structures.</p>
Lisa Hubbard
Garden Patio

This outdoor entertaining space sits alongside the vegetable garden on a . The open-air kitchen and enclosed living room are both outfitted with electricity and water. A patio of bluestone pavers links the two cedar structures.

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Front Porch

This 's front porch is decked out with gliders from Grandin Road.

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Garden Workstation

This circa-1900 oak woodworker's table was drafted into service as a potting station, then hung vintage pails and watering cans on this 's exterior wall.

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