At once lively and mellow, this room is the
place to enjoy a hobby, pot plants, read a
book, or take a snooze. The furnishings,
colors, and textures all allude to nature.
Lattice: At a hardware store, look for inexpensive
lattice panels that can be stained or painted and
mounted on an exterior wall. Reminiscent of classic
French treillage, the panels visually expand the
space by drawing the eye upward. Plants that hang
or rest at eye level serve a similar purpose.
Storage: Painted square and rectangular storage
cubes conceal garden gear while displaying plants.
For additional seating, simply replace the plants
Seating: An aluminum-and-vinyl chaise and
matching rocking chair offer new takes on a timeless
look. This wicker won t rot or fade, no matter how
many years it sits in the rain. The earth-tone
cushions are weather-resistant. For contrast, a
handmade birch armchair adds a rustic touch.
Potting bench: The cedar potting bench is practical
as well as pretty. The work surface lifts up to reveal a
potting tidy, where soil is stored. A drawer and lower
shelf hold supplies, while an attached trellis fitted
with S hooks keeps tools within reach.
Pillows: On the rocker and birch chair, silk
pillowcases in chartreuse and salmon evoke the
coleus foliage just behind them.
Table: A study in contrasts, the smooth mosaic
tabletop, pieced in India from camel bones, rests on
a curly iron base.
Plants: Potted red geraniums, pink impatiens, pink
and purple petunias, and a collection of coleus add
splashes of color throughout the room.