That hint of lilac in the air is the signal to revisit your patio decor and make ready for nights warm enough to move soirees outdoors. The emphasis on color in recent seasons prompted an abundance of stylish furniture to hit the market, along with planters and tabletop accessories in hues from soft, springtime blues to neon yellow.
The owners of this Camden, Maine, home love to throw large dinner parties, so Rockport-based designer Deborah Chatfield kept the design simple. “They wanted the feeling of Tuscan loggia, so we used stone and had our cabinet maker build a long wood table,” she says.
As the last blooms of the garden fade, the frost takes away more than just the fruits of our labors—we lose entire months of alfresco pleasures. But the dedicated (or obsessed) among us have figured out a way to bring the outdoors in. Here are our picks for adding a touch of the natural to winter’s doldrums with rustic materials and garden-inspired accoutrements—and without the perennially dirty fingernails and bug-bitten limbs of summer.
Charlie Baker's custom rustic designs—fashioned from driftwood and salvaged materials—have graced gardens across the country, as well as the windows of Hermès. We investigate the story behind this innovative landscape designer and furniture maker.
If you spend any time doing internet shopping, you're probably aware of a number of flash sale sites, where discounted items are available for a couple of days. You generally have to become a "member" of these sites, which is just a bunch of marketing speak for signing up with your email (hint: start a separate email account for these) to receive daily sale emails. There are some interesting items on these sites, but it can be hard to dig up what's great each week.