Tour Ashley Whittaker’s screened porch and learn more about her inspiration and sources for this beautiful space. If you enjoy this feature, subscribe to FLOWER magazine for more inspiring homes, gardens, lifestyle content, and of course, florals!
“I want this to be a true extension of the house. A shaded porch is so appealing in the summer, and having a fireplace makes the room usable year-round.”-Ashley Whittaker
The designer gave interior fabrics a waterproof treatment and used teak and woven furniture that weathers well. “Even if things eventually show a little wear and tear, that’s part of the charm of a well-loved room.” Ashley also believes that no porch should be without potted plants. “At the end of a hectic day, you’ll find me with watering can in hand. Container gardening makes me happy.”
Ashely painted the inside of pendant lights from Currey & Company a haint blue, traditionally used on Southern porch ceilings.
Ashley says, “I love rooms where you can put your feet up, set your drink down, and have fun.” She set up the bar on a faux bois table under a canopy of flowering fatsia from floral designer Keith Robinson.
Striped shades made by The Shade Store have a dentil molding detail and evoke tent awnings. “I used the same fabric to line the back side so that the view from the garden toward the house will be equally pretty.”
While his big, impressive container of flowering fatsia on the screened porch bar may catch your eye first, Keith Robinson’s smaller, quieter arrangements also bring life to the space. Here, a simple bunch of nigella flowers pop against a black ceramic vase.
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