Porch Entertaining

A 3 Seasons Porch That’s Ready for Entertaining

Designer: Eliza Crater Harris

Stylist: Mieke ten Have

Photographer: Grace Wilcox

Room Type: Porch  


Happy Scheming!

Eliza Schemes: Red White & Blue edition

“Expressing personal feelings and memories is the essence of decorating.”

- Sister Parish 

Eliza’s tip for Outdoor Furniture.

Outdoor Furniture Should be Functional.

Fabric Used:

Eliza used Mahalo in Meadow.

The majority of time together at our Summer House in Maine is spent outside which means our furniture needs to be comfortable but also hold up to lots of wet bathing suits, sand, salt, and sun. The first thing I did after we launched our Performance Fabric in 2021 was recover almost all of our outdoor furniture in Maine. I recommend sourcing previously owned wicker, iron or wooden outdoor furniture from tag sales or estate sales and having cushions recovered in performance fabric to make them last.

Eliza’s tip for entertaining ???

Fabric Used:

Eliza used 3 yards of Serendipity in Blue Red for the main fabric and 1.5 yards of Tucker in Red for the trim per each shade. For this shade the trim was was 1" wide.

Special Details:

  • Apply a contrast band of fabric to four sides (top, bottom, left side, right side) as it packs more of a punch!
  • Decide the width of the contrast band based on the size of the pattern itself. A small all-over contrast fabric band or a solid fabric contrast band should be about 1" wide (as you see pictured here)
  • Ask for black-out lining, especially if you are decorating for a child!
  • I recommend installing your shade outside mount if it is black out lined as it provides the most coverage! I typically make the shade 2" larger than the overall width of the window (I measure the window by measuring the outer edge of the trim to outer edge of trim)

Eliza’s tip for making a custom coverlet!

Fabric Used:

Eliza used 10 yards of Tucker in Red for a double-sided twin-sized coverlet.

Special Details:

  • Always make the size of the coverlet big enough to easily tuck in. (This depends on the mattress height so make sure to give those measurements to your work room.)
  • To save money on fabric use the expensive beautiful fabric for the top and use a different softer and less expensive fabric for the back.

How to Get the Look!

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