This Old House designer Denise Enright put together spaces in the 2016 This Old House Idea House with a little help from her friends at Hayneedle. Here we see how she crafted a comfy, casual outdoor entertaining space.
Being asked to join the 2016 This Old House Idea House team was an absolute thrill! The 2016 “modern farmhouse” project presented an opportunity to incorporate modern architectural details and decor in a traditional family-friendly, energy-efficient farmhouse.
The Front Porch Design
Beginning on the This Old House front porch, clean lines and color are used to welcome people to a bold, yet cozy farmhouse. A bright salmon-colored door and rustic planters are great contrasts to the exterior charcoal color used throughout.
The porch is furnished with traditional (yet recycled plastic) rocking chairs and a porch swing, creating seating areas that are each anchored by fun wide striped indoor/outdoor rugs and accessorized with bright floral pillows.
The Back Porch and Patio Look
In back, spaces are delineated with outdoor seating, rugs, and accents. Each outdoor area is separate yet flows together to create a great entertaining space.
Whether you’re hosting friends or having a family cookout, there’s plenty of seating and dining space for your crew. We hope these outdoor deck ideas will inspire you to create your own “This Old House” patio to enjoy year round.