Susan Noble had to rebuild the 30-by-12-foot screened porch on her Arnold home after a tree crushed it two years ago. She bought some furniture but lost her motivation as the weather turned colder, and she never finished decorating. She wants a teen- and dog-friendly space with room for outdoor meals and hanging out and needs to work around the three sets of sliding glass doors that lead into the home. She wants to incorporate the dining table and the large swivel chair into the new design.
Designer Mark Borys creates separate but cohesive areas for outdoor dining and lounging. He chooses finishes and colors for the lounging area that are kid- and pet-friendly but that complement the clean design and warm tones of the dining table. He mixes colors and textures and uses pieces of various sizes to create an inviting and visually interesting space.
Designate areas for the dog with a special bed and feeding station to make it feel comfortable and included in the family’s activities. An area rug anchors the seating area and helps define the separate zones of the space. Layer the space with soil-repellent textiles, such as polypropylene and Sunbrella, to withstand the elements and the wear and tear from pets and teens. Inject color and pattern with blue-and-white accent pillows. Consider purchasing at least a 12-inch down rod for the new ceiling fan to circulate air and keep the porch cool on hot days. Plants can be used as tall design accents to balance the scale of the room. Opt for evergreens that can tolerate fluctuating temperatures. Choose furniture that is appropriately sized and streamlined to allow for comfortable movement throughout the space.
Borys, with Perceptions Interiors (202-330-5619, perceptions interiors.com), is based in the District.
Accessories: 52-inch Minka Aire roto flat white ceiling fan with 12-inch fan pole ($197.94, lampsplus.com); Ombre sketch
8-by-11-foot outdoor area rug in blue ($299) and medallion stripe blue outdoor pillows ($69.50 each), both from frontgate.com; radius planter in gray ($199 for large, westelm.com); 30-by-40-inch outdoor pet bed in blue ($59.99, petco.com); faux fur sheepskin 2-by-3-foot throw/rug in off-white ($24.99, bedbathandbeyond.com); Madison pet bowl and stand in large ($99, potterybarn.com); 12½ -foot 10-light white clear plastic LED globe string lights ($24.98, lowes.com).
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