There has been a little bit of debate as to whether we should go with wood, metal or wicker for the porch. I've always had in mind wicker, not sure why, and I found a line of wicker which I really love by Lane Venture. I really, really wanted a sofa out there but after doing some measuring I realized that the sofa might be an impossibility. I was having a hard time visualizing the space so I ended up making "furniture" from newspaper and catalogues that were in our recycling. It worked out great and quickly helped me realize what would and wouldn't fit.
sofa and two lounge chairs
I think that we are going to get two "cuddle chairs" and flank the fireplace with them. In the place of two lounge chairs we will use dining arm chairs. Even though they aren't as comfortable as a lounge chair might be, they can do double duty as dining chairs and sitting around chairs. It's always nice in a tight space to have multiple uses for something.
cuddle chairs and two dining chairs
I would get white furniture and so my fabric options are really limited. Apparently, most people do not buy white furniture so the fabric choices are geared toward fabrics that compliment darker furniture. Go figure. I'm considering this combination...