Porches :: The Best of Southern Living

by | Sep 13, 2015 | Ace Around Town, Architectural Detail, Showhouses | 1 comment

We are months away from actually building our new deck (“screened in” porch), and we still continue to gather mountains of inspiration. The latter of which stops us from moving forward with any plans because “the more we see, the more we want.” Screen vs. open, beams vs. beadboard, Ipe vs. cedar and the list goes on. Then we were in Cashiers, NC recently and all our past planning went out the proverbial window. Because what we saw wasn’t a porch, but a “Carolina Porch.” What is that you ask? I wasn’t entirely sure but knew I wanted one. I’m from New York where everything is called a patio, and here in the south everything is called a porch. So I asked an architect friend, and this is what I found out. A “Carolina Porch” is one whose roof extends far beyond the structure with supporting beams, also called a “rain porch.” Fancy. If I were to define the difference it would be as simple as “you have a party on the patio, or you sip sweet tea on the porch.”

Since I now live in the South, I sip a lot of tea.

Seeing the “Carolina Porch” certainly provided inspiration for our dream porch and, of course, a dream porch wouldn’t be complete without a well-known designer. Carole Weeks set the design stage for luxury living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains (complete with a jaw-dropping view). It was open, airy with a color palette that paid homage to the landscape that surrounded this requisite structure.

So come on in, and enjoy the view.


Designer/ Carole Weeks-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Cool color palettes and summery fabrics.


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It’s all in the details from the contrast banding on the chair skirts to the dramatic accessories.


Designer/ Carole Weeks – Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

One of the focal points of the fireplace was the nest statuary comprised of various baskets all woven in a variety of materials, and it was stunning.


Designer/ Carole Weeks-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A “Carolina Porch” wouldn’t be complete without a requisite stacked stone fireplace.

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An oversized rug adds texture and grounds the seating area.

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Designer/ Carole Weeks-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

I loved how the pattern on the dinnerware mirrored the fabric on the black and white awning striped drapery.

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Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick


Designer/ Carole Weeks-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A little green, inside and out.


Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

at the end of the day, it’s all about the view.

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Until next time,