Five 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 design ideas.

A Sunny SpotA Sunny Spot

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

Rustic Farm PatioRustic Farm Patio

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

Garden Estate PorchGarden Estate Porch

Pots of Marguerite daisies, lavender, and alliums brighten the porch off the library of this New York garden home.

A Place to GatherA Place to Gather

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

Down-Home Arkansas PorchDown-Home Arkansas Porch

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

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