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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)
THE CHALLENGE

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

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, www.ethanallen.com), 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.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Sunday porch swing ($799, www.ballarddesigns.com); brass Indian stool ($212, www.wisteria.com); multi-ring garden seat ($719, www.ethanallen.com).

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

SPLURGE . . .

Ocean Club Pacifica cocktail table (Frontgate)

Boxwood lounge chair. (Janus et Cie)

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

Boxwood lounge chair ($3,030, www.janusetcie.com).

. . . 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. hayneedle.com).

Belvedere wicker chairs with khaki cushions ($499 for pair, www.target.com).

More from The Washington Post

See past room makeovers by local designers here

Tell us about your design challenge: Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

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