How do the armchair travelers among us create Michael Trapp’s Old World mash-up look in our own gardens without devolving into mishmash? Start by giving the space some structure, Trapp suggests. “Keep clean lines and have some formality,” he advises, “and soften with plant material.” While adhering to that underlying layout, feel free to add in architectural elements, like old stone edging or columns, or purchase a few antique pieces like a teak garden bench or some terra-cotta pots. Don’t be afraid to mix indoor décor, such as cushions and textiles, with outdoor furniture.
Of course, Trapp’s own store (shopmichaeltrapp.com), where the above items can be found, is a great resource for antiques, but he also recommends retailers like Target, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn for affordable, more contemporary accessories. “They carry a younger mix of items that pair well with older pieces,” he says.
Left: Green Glazed Bornero Pots ($235/$265). "These beautifully glazed 19th- and 20th- century pots make great containers for annuals or herbs, and add a nice accent color."