15 Pretty Picturesque Front Porches

by Annie Werbler

It has always been my quaint, pastoral fantasy to spend summers in a historic Southern farmhouse, keeping cool while swinging on a wide wraparound porch’s swing with some sweet tea in hand. I’d picnic in the tall green grass, scheming up ways to fill the formal rooms with gilded granny antiques, sleek mid-century furniture, and exotic modern art.

Cut to my Brooklyn summer, where there’s no swing, no porch, and no relief from the oppressive heat. We’ve published some of the most inspiring outdoor spaces throughout the years to help city-dwellers utilize their exterior assets, or to envision their own ideal country settings. Here are 15 pretty picturesque front porches to help stir the imagination along with that icy beverage. A girl (or boy!) can dream. Here’s to welcoming summer! —Annie

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Frances and Thaddeus Harjeet have A Victorian Home With Countless Treasures in Denver, CO. Kingston Row, where they reside, is made up of of six separate homes built in the 1890s still retaining their original Victorian detailing -- like the wooden shingle and slate roofs. Photo by Ashley Sawtelle
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The Samuel Randall House in Warren, RI, A Cool, Calm and Coastal Historic Home, is known by the locals as "the house with the yellow door." It was built in 1809 in the Federal style, and was purchased in 1998 and subsequently restored by the Warren Preservation Society. Photo by Andrew Mau
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The vibrant front door belonging to two Teds is a hint of what's to come inside A Ghent, New York Home Where Green Rules. Photo by Kelly Merchant
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Mr. Wrinkles has An Australian Home with Global Influences, shown here posing between two sconces from NYC's Chelsea Market and a handmade chair that used to sit on the porch of the Kyneton Post Office. Photo by Caitlin Mills
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For A Stylist’s Island Nest in the Stockholm Archipelago, Mari Strenghielm had always wanted double doors at her entry, in keeping with the renovated facade that maintains much of its original wooden decoration. Photo by Mari Strenghielm
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Haldan and Gina Block have An Antique Connecticut Farmhouse Made Modern, where they have worked hard to rebuild the porch, redo the roof inspired by cute Victorian houses in Telluride, and generally unlock the potential they have always seen in their home. Photo by Haldan Block
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For their Before & After: Old Home Love, Candis and Andy Meredith commissioned stained glass noting the year their home was built -- 1859. Photo by Cami McIntosh
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Designer Suna Lock has A Santa Cruz Victorian Fit for a Queen, which she shares with pups Charlie and Trigg, as well as her children. Photo by Tommy Parker
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A Federal-Style Brick Beauty in the Hudson Valley of New York dates back to 1900, and its owners Steven and Steven continue to cultivate the mature verdant landscape. Photo by Julie Holder
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"We try to stay barefoot or in flip-flops until the first frost arrives," jokes Susan Petrie-Badertscher, who shares A Seaside Summer Home in New York with her family. Photo by Lorin Klaris
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Eva and Ian Goicochea have An Airy Los Angeles Treehouse with a porch entrance amongst the treetops. Photo by Jessie Webster
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Now, the exterior of this Before & After: The Drooz Studio Farmhouse is painted a dignified pale grey with white trim, and is without its formerly shoddy plumbing pipe railings. Photo by Shelly Kennedy
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The San Francisco Victorian of Restoration Hardware’s Creative Force Celia Tejada features a unique peace sign artwork outlined in a string of lights that glows at night.
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Erica Chidi Cohen and Jordy Cohen are In Los Angeles, Moving From Renting to Owning this craftsman home with original details. Photo by Lauren Moore
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Kate and Matt Holstein created seamless indoor and outdoor living at their Villa Palmier, An Island Escape on St. Barts in the Caribbean. The back porch to the street is a front entryway to the ocean. Photo by Kate Holstein

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  • Tell me about it. The French like to hide behind tall walls. No watching the world go by from your front porch. You do get the flip side–intimate, quiet courtyards–but as these photos show, porches are wonderful. Especially in neighborhoods where people take evening strolls.

  • Love “The house with the yellow door”

    doesn’t look like it was built way back in 1809.

    The design looks still quite modern and fresh, thanks to the aesthetics.

    I especially love the horizontal lines and those mini-steps.

  • One of the things I loved about the house we bought three years ago was the bright red door. Later I read that colorful doors are a real selling point, and I get it. There’s a yellow door in my neighborhood that I notice every time I walk my dog. So cheerful! Love a splash of color on a street.

  • Personally, found the yellow one most appealing – I don’t know why, but I’ve always been charmed front doors painted in bright hues that contrast with the colour of a house’s exteriors, event if the outside window frames are simply white (or whatever other colour that blends with with the facade). Thanks for putting this collection together!

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