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House Calls: Catchall space becomes comfortable porch

Illustration By JULIUS Goyanko For The Washington Post (Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post/Illustration By JULIUS Goyanko For The Washington Post)

Lori Hoyland and Dean Hoyland’s porch. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Lori Deckelbaum Hoyland and Dean Hoyland of Rockville love having a screened-in porch this time of year, but they need help transforming it from a dumping ground for firewood and recyclables to a comfortable lounge space. The Hoylands want porch-appropriate seating and entertaining solutions that are useful but not cookie-cutter.


The solution. (Illustration By Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post)

Inspired by the porch’s New England-style board-and-batten siding, designer Julie Goss breathes new life into the outdoor space with a nautical theme built on wicker, aluminum and a palette of light blues and whites. Goss, of Ethan Allen (703-356-6405,, is based in Vienna.

Start with a neutral foundation of white and gray to let colors stand out. Try Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White for the walls.

Remove the carpet and paint the floor gray for a lower-maintenance option. Try Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray.

A cushioned porch swing offers a fun seating alternative to a standard couch.

Stools can be used as side tables or extra seating for guests.

A bar cart is a handy piece for entertaining and can be easily moved.


Furniture: Sunday porch swing ($799,; brass Indian stool ($212,; multi-ring garden seat ($719,

Accessories: Jardine bar cart ($299,; outdoor piped throw pillows in Nantucket Stripe blue Sunbrella ($18-$45,; alcove area rug in blue ($259 for 8-by-11-foot rug,; industry ceiling fan in aluminum ($368 for 42-inch blades and no light,; galvanized topless wire guard sconce with clear glass ($158,


Ocean Club Pacifica cocktail table (Frontgate)

Boxwood lounge chair. (Janus et Cie)

Ocean Club Pacifica cocktail table ($1,300, www.

Boxwood lounge chair ($3,030,

. . . OR SAVE

Salona coffee table with clear glass top. (Hayneedle)

Belvedere wicker chairs with khaki cushions (Target)

Salona coffee table with clear glass top ($387, www.

Belvedere wicker chairs with khaki cushions ($499 for pair,

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Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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