Refresh Your Porch for Summer’s Last Hurrah

Summer’s Last Hurrah
Interior designer and architect Sarah Hayes of Sarah Hayes Design.

When seeking a fabric for the project, she decided vintage was the route to take. After researching early 20th-century textiles, she selected a Schumacher option in bright blue, vivid green, and citrus. “It’s vibrant,” Sarah says of the large-scale pattern Magnolias, a Paul Poiret design from the same period as the house. “I wanted to take something old and make it fresh.”

Sarah decided to forgo side tables for the veranda, instead letting the curtain panels frame the scene. The panels, made by her teenage twins, are hung on PVC pipe slipped into a pocket sewn into the material. The same cloth is used in accent pillows and linens for the dining table, which is set with bamboo flatware, stoneware dinner plates, wicker glassware, and seagrass place mats.