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How do the armchair travelers among us create Michael Trapp’s Old World mash-up look in our own gardens without devolving into mishmash? Give 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 architectural elements, like old stone edging or columns, or purchase a few antique pieces like a teak garden bench. Don’t be afraid to mix indoor décor, such as cushions and textiles, with outdoor furniture.

Trapp’s own store 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. Take a look at the accents and furnishings that make Michael Trapp's home and garden a curious place.

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Snapshots of furniture available at the 20th Anniversary Antique Garden Furniture Show at the New York Botanical Garden.
In Michael Trapp's world, old plus older equals new. 
A bit of knowledge goes a long way when it comes to buying a garden ornament; read our Q&A with garden antique expert, Barbara Israel, for some tips. 

 

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A look at some of the garden antiques and nature-inspired pieces at this year's 58th Annual Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory.