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7 Porches That Make the Case for Front Yard Living

Summer entertaining is synonymous with backyard pool parties and BBQs, but who says front yards shouldn't get some love? Turns out, we're all looking for ways to make the most of the underused space—searches for ways to entertain and live in front yards are up 67% YoY on Pinterest. Not sure where to begin? We've rounded up our favorite ways to make your porch an extension of your home.

Make room for a dining space

Front Porch Dining Space - Liz Marie

Photo by Liz Marie Blog

Set up a dining table for a great place to eat breakfast and enjoy family meals. Go with a weather-resistant table and chairs and set larger citronella candles on top to keep pests away.

Keep it cozy

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Photo by Leah G Bailey Interiors

Plush cushions, oversized pillows and fresh flowers will make your outdoor space feel just as cozy and chic as your indoor ones.

Hang curtains

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Photo by Kelley Nan

The biggest issue with outdoor living can be a lack of privacy. Curtains create a sense of space and seclusion. Plus, you can always open them up when you're feel neighborly.

Install different lighting options

Outdoor lighting options - Zevy Joy

Photo by Zevy Joy

Natural light has it perks, but when the sun goes down you need a little help from lanterns and candles to one, actually be able to see and two, create ambience. Don't just rely on wall sconces and citronella candles for lighting—hang varied types of lights to achieve a warm glow.

Hang a chair (or two)

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Photo by Lynden Foss for Spell & the Gypsy Collective

Hanging furniture is always a good idea. We love this rattan option that will give any porch a bohemian Southwestern vibe. Add a few poufs, floor pillows and cacti to complete the look.

Lay a rug down

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Photo by Jersey Ice Cream Co.

Make your porch feel like a true extension of your home by adding a rug (or two) to the space. Stick with weatherproof rugs made of natural materials like sisal, jute or cotton.

Add a hammock

Hammock on porch - Lisa Danielle

Photo by Lisa Danielle Blog

Purchased a home with a small or screened in porch? Take advantage of the close quarters and hang a hammock for a cozy spot to read or lounge—rain or shine.

Original post via The Nest

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