Here's the July/August 2019 HGTV Magazine cover:
And here's the "Copy Our Cover" page:
The HGTV items chosen total $1,556, broken down as follows:
Daybed from Ballard Designs: $999 (with cushions)
Red Aluminum Side Table: $296
Bicycle on Beach pillow: $48
Aqua Knot pillow: $47
U.S. Power Squadron flag: $19
Anchor pillow: $53
So settle back on your comfy chair/sofa/daybed/porch swing/porch daybed and follow along!
The Porch Swinging Day Bed
Yes, it's day-bed size, not a typical porch swing that I equate more to the size of a swinging 2 or 3 seater bench. The original is from lowcountryoriginals.com, and after closely scrutinizing the HGTV cover photo, I think it's the "Bed Swing with "X" Sides and Back," outer dimensions 88" x 44"; inner dimensions 76" x 41". It comes in two different woods and a variety of different stains. It is not indicated whether the bed cushions and bench seat are included, nor is the price indicated. That means it's probably expensive :)
I limited my selections to porch swing day beds.
HGTV's Ballard Designs pick (pictured above) was - I believe - the "Sunday Porch Swing" (with cushions) for $999, but at the time of writing this entry it was on sale for $749! Although it isn't clear from the Specifications, I believe the outer dimensions are 65" x 32" and the inner dimensions (the "mattress size") are 59 1/2" x 29 5/8". The dimensions are quite a bit smaller than the original, but probably more in keeping with the size of swing most people would buy for their porch. It comes with a "deep cushion seat" (mattress), 3 back pillows and 2 bolsters, and in two finishes: Graywash or Whitewash finished Eucalyptus wood.
Below is the Belham Living Cottonwood Deep Seating 64" Porch Swing Bed with Cushion, $429 with free shipping (presently on sale for $420). Only the seat cushion is included, it is gray with white piping. The outer dimensions are 64" x 28", seat dimension is 60". The finish is "driftwood." Made of Eucalyptus wood, with "X" crossed back pattern and slatted sides, I feel the design and the clean lines (although not the size) are closest to the original swinging day bed from Low Country Originals:
Even more budget-friendly, but a slightly more petite size, is also offered by Belham Living, its Chippendale Deep Seating Whitewashed Porch Swing Bed with Cushion (pictured below), currently offered at $237 with free shipping. The bench cushion/mattress is included in the price (bolsters not included). The dimensions are 63" Long by 30" Deep, whitewashed finish of Eucalyptus wood.
The Red Side Table
First of all, I investigated the table on the cover, which was listed in the "Sources" pages from selamatdesigns.com. Sure enough, I found the table, here's the link to the Regeant 4-Season Side Table in Antique Red. It is powder-coated aluminum in "Antique Red." Please note that at the time I am writing this blog entry, the "manufacturer's suggested retail price" is $158. It's size is 19.5" Wide by 19.5" Deep x 21" High.
That means that for the IDENTICAL TABLE that HGTV found at the Well Appointed House website at $296, you would have paid almost twice the MSRP. Nice mark-up! And it got worse. At Finelinens.com, the IDENTICAL TABLE was listed for $446. I found prices exceeding $600, and none lower than $296 for the IDENTICAL TABLE. Now I think that's just ridiculous. Why would anyone pay $296 or more for a table that was suggested to be sold at $158, and cost maybe half of that to be manufactured?
Do you think I could find a red aluminum side table to match the one in the HGTV cover? Nope, I didn't. But I figured I could find something in red metal (or could be spray-painted red if the size/shape/material were otherwise right), in a round shape, for less than HGTV's pick at $296.
Pictured below is the Mebane Metal Side Table by Wrought Studio (at Wayfair) in red, made of iron, dimensions 16.25" W x 16.25" D x 21" H, on sale for $54 with free shipping.
How about two for less than the MSRP on the original side table? They don't come in red, but spray paint doesn't cost much - 2 cans max in your choice of red rust-resistant outdoor paint (maybe $8) should do the trick. Also found at Wayfair, pictured below are the Latitude Run Melway Metal Side Tables, the pair for $105 with free shipping. Made of iron. Dimensions: Large given as 16.5" x 14.35" x 21" High, and the smaller table given as 14.25" x 12" x 20" High - but I don't think the height can be correct because it appears more than an inch shorter than the taller table in the photograph. Plus: They are six-sided (although not the seven sides of the original cover table) and you can put one on either side of the swing bed to hold beverages or a book/magazine.
Continue on to Part 2 to see what I found for the oar and the pillows.