Jazz Up Your Porch!

      Add personality, curb appeal and a welcoming vibe to a place where your home greets the world.   Small or large, front or side  of your home, the porch is more than a place to swing and sip lemonade, it’s a valuable space for greeting and entertaining. This season, greatly expanded carefree furniture offerings, great value and more flexibility makes achieving your perfect look easier than ever. Nautical, classic, natural, rustic, or garden style, with so many exciting design options you’ll want to re-do your back deck too.

      The possibilities are amazing: rockers, benches, gliders, ottomans, tables, dining chairs, bar stools, and fire pit tables. One sensational new offering is a flexible sun bed with retractable awning that swivels and folds up for several bed-chaise-seat configurations.

     Want more? How about a bistro table with stools that pop in bright neon colors. Or a table with a wine bucket or a Lazy Susan built in. One designer tip to keep in mind: if you’re arranging a large seating area, the largest piece of furniture should face outward.

     This year, there’s a new emphasis on folding (for easy storage) and portability in furniture perfect for tailgating and toting to soccer  games. Depends on the feel you want to achieve and how much maintenance you’re up for. The heavy duty, UV stabilized, all-weather recycled plastic furniture is pretty much bullet proof in addition to earning big style points with new designs.  Teak delivers that coastal New England look – oil it annually to keep its honey color or let it go natural for a silvery-grey patina. The heavier powder coated aluminum frames offer greater durability and rust resistance. Rattan and wicker add natural charm but are better suited for three-season rooms. In fabrics, look for those made for outdoors like the great assortment of Sunbrella®.