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Screen Test

Screened porches are peaceful retreats that strike a balance between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Unlike an open deck or patio, a porch offers protection from sun exposure, rain showers and flying insects. Depending on where you live, porches can be enjoyed year-round or for multiple seasons. To maximize comfort and optimize charm, planning is needed to outfit your porch. Julie Tweedie and her family relax on their Blaine, Maine, porch from early spring to late fall, and she enjoys making it a cozy, inviting space in any season. Here are some of her decorating tips:

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Autumn Garland

Follow Country Sampler reader Sandra Buck's lead and make a festive fall decoration.

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Decorating Secret
Pumpkin Plaque

Pumpkin Plaque

Fashion a pumpkin house marker from a painted and distressed board. Affix numbers printed on pieces of burlap with spray glue. Finish by attaching a small wood stem, a spiral of wire and faux leaves.

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How do you update your home for fall?

Autumn-themed signs and artwork
 
39.6%
Seasonal florals
 
32.2%
Warm colors
 
20.8%
Cozy textiles
 
7.4%
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