Our motto: Never waste a view. Here's how to create a dreamy porch that's all about taking in the scenery and feeling the breeze
There's nothing better than a hammock for porch or patio relaxation. Water-repellant canvas is mold- and mildew-resistant.
A polyfill insert makes it as cushy as a bed but durable enough for outdoor use. Bonus: It's quilted, so it won't leave rope
marks on your back.
Buy it: Quilted Duracord Hammock in Beach, $200; hammockcompany.com.
This classic rocker will stand up to moisture, thanks to a rust-proof aluminum frame, all-weather wicker, and teak rails.
Buy it: Sag Harbor Rocker in Driftwood, $574; kingsleybate.com for retailers.
Beachify simple Mason jars with natural materials such as sand or stone, which hold votives in place. Another idea: Add citronella
candles to keep bugs at bay.
Buy it: Hanging Mason Jars, $7.50 each; potterybarn.com.
Forgo a hanging pendant lamp, and install wall-mounted sconces instead. Lighting is the one thing you don't want swinging in the breeze. Plus, accent lighting provides a softer glow.
Buy it: Harbor Sconce, $99-$129; restorationhardware.com.
Make your porch barefoot friendly with an outdoor rug made of durable polypropylene, which withstands sun and salt water.
A tufted variety is gentle on toes and looks fancy enough for the indoors, too!
Buy it: Sphinx Caspian Rug, from $31, Oriental Weavers; wayfair.com.
Turn your porch into an outdoor living room with furniture that's polished enough for easy entertaining. Arrange seating groups with conversation in mind, not just the view, and make the space even more inviting with a soft rug.
Freshen up your porch with new cushion upholstery and pillows that are water- and fade-resistant to prevent mildew and protect
Insider tip: Polyester inserts stand up to elements for extra durability.
No need to keep plants confined to the yard—use a stylish weatherproof planter filled with colorful flora to bring some life
to your porch. Choose pre-potted perennials for an instant pop with staying power.
Buy it: Willow Rectangular Planter (plants not included), $40; jaysonhome.com.
To set a coastal mood from the ground up, paint porch floors a cool blue shade that picks up colors from the sea. Benjamin
Moore's Floor & Patio Paint is made specifically for outdoor use, with a latex enamel finish that resists grease and grime
buildup—not to mention heat and humidity.
Buy it: Costa Rica Blue (2064-50); Clearest Ocean Blue (2064-40); Ol' Blue Eyes (2064-30)
Add sailor-chic style with canvas blades, rope detailing, and a caged light.
Buy It: Escape Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan, $259, Hampton Bay; homedepot.com.