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If you have a porch

If you have a porch

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Your porch is an extension of your living room, says Jaimi Blackburn, a Villanova-based certified interior decorator. “It’s the first thing that people see so you want it to be welcoming and reflect your style.” So, Blackburn said, give it some color. “Pick a color that makes you happy,” she said. “I love pink and have pink flowers on my porch with all pink accents.”

If you can afford it, pick up some good lawn chairs in a material that can withstand the elements like wicker, stainless steel or teak, Gray said. (And, of course: don’t forget the cushions.) And find a rug to match. “It’s a nice way to bring the indoors, outdoors,” Gray said.”

Think about comfort and utility. If you have the space add end tables for drinks and reading material. Be mindful of the space. You don’t want so much clutter that you can’t walk around. But leave room for plants. “Greenery is everything,” Blackburn said.

Think about installing a swing or hanging chair, to catch a breeze, a swing or a nap, Greenwood said.

Pro tip: Keep a rolling bar cart near the door stacked with disposable cups, plates, stirrers, napkins and coasters.

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