Fashion & GearApril 29, 2010

Porches, Patios and Our Biggest Giveaway Yet!

I am so excited to share that Well Appointed House asked us to partner with them on this A-MAZ-ING giveaway!  Spring is here and people are sprucing up their outdoor spaces and I can think of no better accent than this black lacquer Lutyens bench (valued at $350)…which you can win if you pop over to the Well Appointed House blog and enter! I absolutely love the shape and styling of this piece (would enter to win one myself if I could- would look darling on my new patio) and can fit in with any decor style. Winner will be announced on Monday so you have plenty of time to enter!

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Speaking of porches and patios, I was sitting on a big’ ol southern style wraparound porch last weekend in Sea Island, swaying back and forth on a porch swing and made an executive decisions that I need one in my life.  Obviously this will not be happening on my little patio in the city, but it’s going to be a MUST in my next home. It got me thinking about outdoor spaces and how much fun you can have decorating them. Just look:

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I love it when people treat porches like indoor rooms- the gallery wall below is FABULOUS, and those built ins? Bananas.

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Curtains on a porch? YES PLEASE.  you can find them ready made at a variety of places, but also can have some custom made with the incredible selection of outdoor fabrics available these days!

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Modern takes on outdoor decor:

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This sun room isn’t really outdoor, but I love the decor and mix of textures!

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These are so nap-worthy.

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This lush greenery is jaw-dropping. I wish my thumb were green enough to make this a reality some day, but I can barely keep an orchid alive.

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Ready to get your jealous on? This backyard shed was turned into a big bath house for the owner. This is soooooo going on my birthday list this year.

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How about this patio bathtub? I would never ever get out. Ever.

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One of the COOLEST “outdoor spaces” I’ve seen- a huge retractable skylight in a top floor apartment! I can;t even comprehend the awesomeness of this.

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My new obsession are these outdoor rugs by Fab Habitat made from polypropylene but styled like traditional rugs and SO affordable!

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