A porch with brightly colored fabric cushions and sea grass rugs.
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Tria Giovan

Living Room Al Fresco

When designing for the outdoors, why not use colors just as vivid as those you’d find in the garden? This covered porch takes exactly the same attitude as the living room that opens onto it: deep, plushy upholstered furniture. A generously scaled coffee table, low-maintenance rugs, contrast piping for an added punch, and stripes an accent fabric. The wide bar keeps cocktails and other treats handy for those reluctant ever to leave the porch.

Adapted from Design Idea Book, Oxmoor House 2007

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