Perfect Porches - Best Houses of 2016 - Southernliving. “When we settled on this corner property, it begged for a wraparound porch that faced both streets,” said designer Bill Ingram about his Southern raised cottage. “I think this house could work anywhere. Painted white, it could be in an open field, but here in this rocky locale, we wanted it dark gray. But it still has classic white trim.” A big hanging bed swing from Ballard Designs anchors the lounging area of this porch perfectly.