Throw a Back Porch Gathering

Delight in this sneak peek from our July/August 2014 issue, on newsstands now. 

Plump up the pretty factor with a bright, flower-filled setting for a casual get-together on the porch.

Lake Table Details

Take advantage of the view outdoors by setting a table on the screened-in porch. Begin with a splashy floral cloth by Heredia that mirrors the centerpiece of summer blooms tucked into a faceted vase.

Plates and Glasses

A mismatched collection of flea-market plates offers lots of vintage charm, as do the turquoise hobnail tumblers from Anthropologie and the crochet-trimmed napkins. For an unexpected touch, swap the plain-Jane overhead light for a blue beaded chandelier.