If you are lucky enough to have a porch, especially a covered porch, you should take advantage of all of that extra square footage. We use our front porch as a second living room, spending most of our time on it in the evenings. We have most of our meals sitting on our porch, entertaining friends, and most recently, it's been Tilley-Gray's favorite place because we blow bubbles on the front porch.
If you have a porch that is lacking fashion and function, it can be easily updated with just a few things. A porch swing is a must for me (seen here) as well as a washable rug, lighting that can be dimmed, a bar cart or ice chest of some sort, and some great little trees or plants to cozy it up.
Doug & Gene Meyer Iron Chair / Dash & Albert Outdoor Rug / Lemon Tree / Society Social Tipple Trolley