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Perfect Porches: Designing Welcoming Spaces for Outdoor Living Hardcover – March 2, 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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 :(
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
wonderful book...colorful, enlightening, and full of ideas that you can adapt for your own porch or patio! Would order it again!Published 5 months ago by sarajane
I'm a southern girl, what's not to like about a book on porches. lolPublished 14 months ago by Laura
I do think the material seemed a little dated and too much country. I like more traditional and tuscan, but it does have some interesting settings.Published on August 5, 2013 by connie