Room We Love: A Pretty Little Porch in Myers Park
Family-friendly living made comfortable at a patriotic home
Top: after; bottom: before.
Designer Caroline Brackett believes that a front porch should be a place for friends and family to hang out while the kids play in the yard. She gave this Myers Park American Colonial-inspired home an updated twist on traditional style.
Brackett says the client has an appreciation for blue, so she installed a custom indigo front door, complete with a mail slot, something that was missing before. Blue was a natural choice for Designers Guild floral accent pillows, which subtly tie in gray tones, as well.
Instead of conventional rocking chairs, Brackett gave the porch identical swing beds on each side. Not only do they stay in line with the structure’s existing symmetry, they also invite people to sit and stay awhile, an important component to the family’s front-yard-living vision. Additionally, trailing greenery and zinc planters with seasonal blooms flank the door, completing a balanced aesthetic.
“I think it’s distracting when there’s too much furniture on a front porch,” Brackett says. She also suggests that overwhelmingly bright colors can take away from a chic look: “I wanted to keep it toned down with the wash of the swing beds … just not so much color.” The swing beds blend with the home and with the porch’s sophisticated neutral tones, creating elements of class and simplicity—which never go out of style.