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May Porchin’: A porch worthy of the view

Photography by Lisa Staff

From left: Pam White, Jean Duffy, Ann McBrien, Mary Gunlock, Lisa Piegza and Mimi Terry

Even more surprising than the size and beauty of this porch is the spectacular view of a creek, a small island and then across the Calibogue Sound to Daufuskie Island. Designed for entertaining friends and family, the outdoor living space includes two dining areas, a living room around the TV and fireplace and an outdoor kitchen with a smoker, barbecue and bar fridge (of course).

A group of friends from Sea Pines shared cocktails and stories about tennis matches, running on the beach and injuries, most of which were not even sports-related. Keeping with the healthy theme, a fresh dinner was served and the ladies convinced themselves that including pomegranate juice and using light beer made the cocktail healthy.

Homeowner Ann McBrien shared some porch styling tips that can be seen below.

1. Use bright accent colors like lemon yellow to add a burst of sunshine. Decorative pillows, planters and flowers are easy to change when it’s time to refresh the look.

2. Comfortable furniture is a must. Guests want to sink into cozy chairs and put their feet up.

3. Outdoor trays and plastics have come a long way. A locally made sweetgrass tray and stemless wine glasses are more suited to this lovely porch and group of ladies than red Solo cups (which admittedly do make it out for big games on the outdoor TV).

“We have lived many places, including Chicago, New York and Denver, and we always loved where we lived. Hilton Head is no different — we love Sea Pines, our home, the weather, the scenery and the friends we have already made,” Ann said.


The McB Cocktail

A porch worthy of the view


2 12-ounce beers (we used Coors Light)

2 cups Pomegranate juice

1 cup ginger ale


Mix all ingredients and pour over ice. Use lemons and limes to garnish. It’s a refreshing spring drink!