Room Envy: This all-season porch in Decatur is a rustic retreat

Reclaimed wood, a swinging bed, and more make this addition the perfect place to take a break
Room Envy

Photograph by Christina Wedge

Year-round, Tammy and Christopher Weiser and their two boys head to this porch addition, since it’s able to accommodate all seasons with a fireplace, ceiling fan, and relaxing swinging bed. Screens keep mosquitoes out.

Heirloom touch
As a particularly cool rustic element, the back wall is clad in reclaimed wood that Tammy salvaged from her family’s 200-year-old barn in upstate New York. She hauled the wood back herself in a van.

Take a seat
A custom swing bed provides an unexpected contrast to two vintage Bertoia chairs. “The porch bed is not your typical city-dwelling piece of furniture, which makes it fun,” Hayes says.

Architectural high
“A vaulted ceiling gives the space a ‘mountain retreat in the city’ vibe: airy, open, and natural,” says Hayes.

Floor facts
Neutral floor tiles are durable but nondescript to let other elements stand out. Hayes selected this sturdy dhurrie rug by Anthropologie for softness, with enough pattern to help hide dirt.

Designer tip
Don’t shy away from outdoor art if it’s protected, says interior designer Kate Hayes, who supervised the Decatur remodel. This abstract oil won’t warp like paper-based art (such as a photograph) would, so she recommends going with canvas art. Do bring it inside for winter.

This article appears in our June 2018 issue.