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About the Author

PAULA S. WALLACE is president and cofounder of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Under her leadership, SCAD has received awards for architecture, design, and sustainability from the American Institute of Architects, the Art Deco Societies of America, Fashion Group International, and the National Trust for Hispanic Preservation, and she is the recipient of Elle Décor’s Vision Award for her work fostering emerging design talent. Wallace is the coauthor of A House in the South.
 
CHIA CHONG’s fine art, portraiture, and lifestyle work has been shown internationally and has appeared in numerous publications, including Cosmopolitan, Elle Décor, and Vogue. Since earning her BFA degree in photography from SCAD, she has traveled worldwide on photography assignments. A native of Penang, Malaysia, she now lives in Savannah, Georgia.
 
ADAM KUEHL’s atmospheric landscape work has been exhibited widely and is featured in both private and corporate collections. His fashion and interiors work has appeared in numerous publications, including Metropolitan Home, the New York Times Style Magazine, and Vogue. He is a graduate of SCAD’s BFA program in photography and has been recognized in 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers, Volume II.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030746024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307460240
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. M. Keefer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2010
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If you're looking for abundant ideas on creating a porch that's perfect for you, this book is a great introduction to porch styles and decor throughout the United States. Featuring 40 porches, the porches are organized in the book as coastal, farm, urban, waterfront and country porches. Accompanying each porch is descriptive information including the background of the porches' owner, their inspiration, the materials they used, the home's history, the architect involved, the furnishings they chose, how the porch is used etc. There's 250 photos of the porches, the homes, the surroundings and the views.

The porches featured tend not to look "decorated"--many use vintage furnishings, family heirlooms, and items purchased at flea markets. They clearly reflect the owners' individual style. This book is ideal for inspiring ideas on the assortment of interesting pieces you can use on a porch such as daybeds, hammocks, swings, an easel for painting and a bathtub adapted from an aluminum horse watering trough. One innovative owner used a wooden carved gondola boat from an English amusement park hanging from their porch ceiling that's overflowing with pillows and quilts for happy reading.

The author, president and co-founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design, is clearly passionate about the promise of porches (her own is featured). The book reminded me of the many happy hours I spent playing cards, reading and chatting with my cousin, on the porch of my great-grandmother's 1800's Victorian home on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. After reading it you'll be itching to start decorating your own porch.
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This book is everything I hoped it would be.
Inspiring, colorful and detailed. But just the right detail.
There is every kind of porch style in a variety of settings.
If you just want to read a book and daydream - buy it.
If you want inspiration for your own porch - buy it.
If you want a lovely book for your table or shelf - buy it.
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Not thrilled at all with this book. Illustrates what is wrong with Amazon--you are browsing books, they recommend one (like this), there are minimal photos and you buy it and wish you never did. If I had the opportunity to page through it at a store I would have pout it right back on that shelf.

DO NOT judge this book by its cover, as I did. The cover implies this was going to be filled with photos and ideas/suggestions for gracious and elegant porches. Nope. Aside from this one photo, it is FILLED with very rustic, country pictures. Not at all what I had expected, nor wanted :(
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By renee on September 20, 2010
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Made a nice gift. Expected it to be a bit larger,i.e. more of a coffee table book and hardback but it was still very nice. Great pictures and ideas. It arrived just in time.
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I'M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR IDEAS:
Used 2 ideas and enjoyed browsing through book; now it becomes a coffee table book. Already had enough lighting with canned & fan lights, but decided to use lamps for soft lighting on our screened porch.
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