Home & Garden
The Art of the Sleeping Porch
Wind down with flair in this nostalgic summertime haven
photo: Brie Williams
Back before air-conditioning, the Southern sleeping porch served not only as a novelty, particularly for children who thrilled to snoozing outside, but as a necessity. On summer nights, when the air inside a home became stifling, families retreated to these welcome spots—often repurposed screened-in porches—to drift off to sleep in makeshift seasonal beds. Sleeping porches have even appeared in such films as 1991’s Louisiana-set The Man in the Moon, in which a young Reese Witherspoon stays up late in just such a structure with her character’s older sister to muse about life. To keep the tradition from fading into the HVAC ether, you don’t need much more than a few key ingredients.
photo: Brie Williams
Crisp white sheets with a subtle, menswear-inspired charcoal stripe by Matouk (from $225; matouk.com), handmade coverlets by Texas-based Vaeven ($1,250 each; vaeven.com), macramé bed skirts by Serena & Lily (from $138; serenaandlily.com), and a wildly colorful cotton throw by the artist Olivia Wendel ($170; ggfieldshop.com) lend a light and cool look to nestled twin beds.
Side Table, Lamp, and Stereo
The designers at Worlds Away in Memphis dreamed up this gunmetal-gray side table with clever storage concealed behind caned-panel doors ($1,215; worlds-away.com). The sturdy piece also offers a handy perch for a vintage-style lamp by Schoolhouse Electric (from $329; schoolhouse.com) as well as a Bluetooth stereo in a decidedly retro package by Tivoli Audio ($899; huckberry.com).
Stools, Rug, and Fan
Keep things casual with relaxed organic materials like those used to craft both the woven-water-hyacinth stools by Mainly Baskets Home ($258 each; mainlybaskets.com) and the quirky jute area rug by Serena & Lily ($148; serenaandlily.com). An old-school standing fan by Hunter ($90; sylvane.com) maintains a steady breeze in the still of the night.
Tray, Carafe, and Drinkware
A bamboo tray like this one from Dear Keaton ($34; dearkeaton.com), stocked with a carafe and water glass set from Fieldshop ($66; ggfieldshop.com) and enamel tumblers by Crow Canyon ($10–$22 each; crowcanyonhome.com) that you can fill with chilled cocktails, makes for an easily movable hydration station.
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