Design Monday: Backyard Retreat

This space is one of my favourite places in the world; it is so peaceful and welcoming that you can feel all your cares and stress just melt away the minute you step into the room.

This large screened-in porch off the back of a small house serves as the homeowner’s “cottage,” with the added bonus that the commute takes about 10 seconds! The homeowner is an avid gardener and the room is surrounded on three sides by her beautiful, mature garden. The sounds of rustling leaves fill the air, skylights bring in sunshine, moonlight and starlight. The furniture is a charming hodge-podge of sturdy wicker pieces, antique and contemporary, acquired over the years.

Because the room is a three-season space, it gets a lot of use and the decor was starting to look tired and confused. Inspired by a fabric that had her at “hello,” the homeowner went to work to freshen up the space, but the finished product just didn’t gel.

Stay tuned to see how paint and fabric turned this pretty porch into a modern, vintage-inspired space that suits the homeowner to a T!


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