Elements of the Classic Southern Porch

A Northerner, Andrew Jackson Downing, may have popularized the porch nationally in the mid-1800s, but Southerners got a head start and have been perfecting it ever since. They sure know how to gussy up this convivial semiprivate spot for catching a breeze, telling a story, sharing a kiss and sipping a glass of sweet tea or Kentucky bourbon. Take a cue from them, and the porch may become your favorite room.

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