Lounge act
By Jeanine Matlow

Calling all leisure seekers: Whether you have a penchant for porch swings, daybeds, sectionals or hammocks, there are plenty of pieces designed with downtime in mind. Lounge furniture compels us to set aside that cellphone and take it easy. All that’s needed is a good read and a refreshing beverage once a selection is made.

Hammocks appear to be making a comeback, especially in northern Michigan, where Benjamin and Holly Koenig manage Run Hamock LLC (runhamock.com) in Interlochen. “They’re quite comfortable,” owner/operator Benjamin said.

The husband-and-wife team fabricates their three-core materials on-site, the exotic hardwoods, stainless steel and parachute cord that go into their handcrafted, macramé hammocks. Their colorful creations are found seasonally at the Interlochen Farmers Market, along with street festivals, art fairs and trade shows throughout the state.

“We took a traditional design and incorporated modern material and the art of macramé,” Benjamin said. “A lot of people purchase them as a piece to use to relax and as an art piece,” said Holly, head of design. “They make people slow down.”

Top right: Macramé hammocks are comfortable and add a splash of color and design to the yard. Above: Porch swings add color, comfort and grace to farmhouse designs and others with wide covered porches. A perfect place to set a spell.


Stay awhile
A porch swing was the perfect fit for a young family that wanted nothing more than to linger on the front porch of their modern farmhouse overlooking their idyllic 65-acre property, according to Krista Nye Nicholas and Tami Ramsay, partners and principal interior designers with Ann Arbor-based CLOTH & KIND (clothandkind.com) who designed the remote home in Georgia.

“Versatile as all get-out, swings can be used to sit or lay down on and are adored by the youngest and oldest members of the family alike,” Ramsay said. “If you don't have a porch but have a solid tree on your property, a porch swing could just as easily be hung from its branches. There's truly nothing better than a lazy wind pushing the swing as you doze off for a nap.” See the current issue for the full story.