Home & Garden

Set the Stage for Stylish Mingling on the Porch

Get outside and refresh your outdoor space with new barware, furniture, and decor

Spring in the South may be the best time of year to gather on the porch (like this one at Kiawah River), with long afternoons and cool evenings begging for cocktail hours, casual suppers, and chats with friends that last long after the crickets start their song. New looks from makers in the region and beyond will help you refresh your outdoor space and offer a warm welcome to guests.


Bar Cart

Press the weatherproof aluminum Luxembourg trolley from Fermob into service at the entrance to the porch for easy access to a batch of margaritas or ranch water ($1,392; fermobusa.com).



The artisanal look of these tumblers from Fortessa in Virginia disguises the fact that they’re shatterproof—perfect for the outdoors ($45 for a set of six; food52.com).




Allsop’s ten-inch nylon lanterns run on rechargeable batteries powered by the sun and can be hung up or set on the deck for a cozy glow ($90 for three; food52.com).




A weathered glaze lends this terra-cotta planter from Currey & Company the look of an artifact plucked from a centuries-old Italian garden, ready for potting ($550; mitchellhillinc.com).


Sofa and Chairs

The Kyoto Alu collection by JANUS et Cie feels equal parts modern and traditional, thanks to clever weatherproof aluminum frames that mimic the organic lines of rattan ($4,725–$12,313; janusetcie.com).



• Pillows and Rug

Add natural panache to a covered porch with pillows that echo the greening of spring trees ($136 each) and a woven rug ($1,298), all by Annie Selke (annieselke.com).



• Table

This round iron and concrete cocktail table by Currey & Company pays homage to antique French faux bois garden furniture ($1,840; mitchellhillinc.com).




Handsome outdoor lamps that can withstand the elements can be hard to find, but Alabama’s Summer Classics offers plenty of options, including this teak floor design with a Sunbrella shade ($2,362; summerclassics.com).



• Side Table

There’s no job this little garden stool from Burke Decor can’t do: offer an extra seat, hold cocktails, serve as a plant stand, you name it ($636; burkedecor.com).



• Throw

When evening comes around, stave off the chill with an easy-to-wash linen throw by Hawkins New York ($175; food52.com).


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