How To Create a Dreamy Back Porch Living Area

In Texas, we are now in the midst of the heat of summer.  I love Texas, but this time of year, it pays to be near the water or in the shade!  We have a builder-grade home just outside of Dallas, and from the time we moved in, we focused on getting more shade, and a pool-side retreat.  Soon, I will bring you ideas from our back yard to incorporate into your own space, but today I want to focus on how to create a relaxing area to sip tea (maybe something of the Long-Island sort!) and entertain with your family!  

white back porch bhg

This back porch is just the right combination of formal and coastal, with a little bit of vintage thrown in!  I can just imagine eating dinner al-fresco on a summer night or sipping hot cocoa in front of that fire in the winter.  

Many of us Texans have moved into a newer, builder grade home that looks like some version of this.

starter home back porch

Or if you are lucky, you might have something more like this!

When we moved into our new home, there was no place to escape the sun.  However, with careful planning and patience, we now have shade galore!  But of course, that is a tease!  I will show you pics of our space next time.

So how do you turn the above back porches into an inviting, lovely living space?  Easy!  

  1. Decide how much space you have and what is most important.  Do you want eat outside, or just sit and relax?  Do you have room for both?
  2. Determine a color scheme.  Today, I went with a pretty Spring Green theme.  What color do you fancy right now?
  3. Dedicate some of your hard earned money to your project and come up with your budget.  
  4. Do some shopping!
spring green back porch

This living area is going to come alive with some pops of color.  In this case, it is the striped rug.  The element that will make your guests drool would be the double chase lounge.  I can imagine me with a good book and a mojito right there!  To give your back porch that living area look, incorporate a patio set like you see above.  This beauty is $850 at Wayfair and a great blend of coastal and modern elements.  Pillows are going to give a punch of fun patterns and color to your space.  Don't be afraid to have fun with this!  My favorite find of the day is the  indoor/outdoor bar cart from Overstock at $69.00!  How cute is this and it is super practical too!  Finish it out with beautiful planters to make your space more lush.  

What do you look for when creating a backyard living area?  What is your must-have outdoor item this year?  Don't forget, I am here to help you create that dream space!

Photo 1: Better Homes and Gardens, photo 2: back porch design patterns, photo 3: Home Designs