The porch, just off the kitchen, has a hanging garden and plush seating. “People love this spot,” Whitney says. “It’s connected to the house, but it still feels like a nook where you can have a one-on-one conversation.”
Hillside dining hideaway Problem: How do you create an outdoor dining area in a tight backyard against a steep uphill slope? Solution: You dig it out. Armed with pick and shovel, interior designer Linda Applewhite and her husband, Marshall Miller, excavated a 15- by 20-foot semicircular area out of the hillside.