My knees go weak at the sight of a good porch—call it a #Southerngirlproblem. I could write an ode to the kind of outdoor living space that's decorated to rival any of its interior counterparts. So, if you're lucky enough to have one of your own, don't let the cooler temperatures trick you into thinking that it's off limits this time of year. If anything, there's no better time to enjoy your outdoor refuge before the truly cold months force you to stay inside. Scroll down to see some of Lonny's coziest porches. They'll inspire you to grab a cup of tea and a furry throw, and head outside to enjoy everybody's favorite season.
1. The quickest way to fall-ify your front porch? Toss some sheepskin throws onto your plastic, wood, or metal outdoor furniture, as seen at the Maidstone Hotel out in East Hampton.
2. This Malibu barn from our Cindy Crawford cover shoot goes down in Lonny history as one of the most epic outdoor living spaces. The key to its greatness? A plush chesterfield sofa and oversized accent chairs make this room feel like it was plucked right out of an English study and plopped outside to be enjoyed in the perfect California weather. The equestrian decor doesn't hurt, either.
3. This out door hangout utilizes the same tricks as any well-decorated indoor space, simply by mixing colorful prints, adding plenty of textiles, layering rugs, and hanging some art.
4. Designer Michelle Smith's Sag Harbor weekend house automatically feels cozy with a handful of fur-covered wicker chairs, but let's not forget that fashion plays a huge roll in enjoying your outdoor spaces through the colder months. Is there anything better than wrapping up in a chunky knit scarf and wool socks to enjoy a morning cup of coffee while you watch the autumn leaves fall around you? We think not.
5. Ruthie Sommers's California ranch is a study in all things homey, but it's her wood-paneled screened porch surrounded by the property's rustic landscape that makes this spot one of the most inviting in the house.
6. If you're wondering if you can replace a sofa with a daybed, the answer is almost always yes—especially if you're thinking about turning up the snuggle factor on your front porch. Finding chic outdoor furniture can be tough, but a daybed can always be dressed up with a bevy of pillows for a soft spot to enjoy a perfect, lazy Sunday.