In the mood for some outdoor socializing, a reader who lives not far from me asked to see inspirational images of Southern porches. This isn't a porch, and it's not located in the South. It's the 1930s poolhouse on Lynn von Kersting's L.A. property (formerly the legendary home of George Cukor).
Influenced by Cukor's structure, Virginia-bred Steven Gambrel designed a similar Neo-Regency poolhouse at the back of his weekend home, as seen below in Elle Decor, July-August 2004. It was one of the first "rooms" I posted when I started blogging.
He furnished it along with an adjacent porch in a similar way -- crisp apple green cushions, vibrant Designers Guild paisley and Donghia striped pillows, classic lanterns.
So, I'm hoping in a roundabout way all of these outdoor spaces will inspire my friendly reader as she spruces up her own porch for the season.
Currently Lewis Sheron has an entire room filled with budget-friendly outdoor fabrics. Over the weekend, a friend and I spotted one of Atlanta's most glamorous designers scanning the bolts there with her adorable daughter and little dog in tow.
Silk Trading also has new outdoor options.
Lynn von Kersting images are from Getaways, Clarkson Potter, 2000