Just in time for spring’s arrival, Julia Reed shares her garden room with Fetch and shops for some fab new items.
Pictured above, clockwise from far left: We live in this long narrow garden room, with windows on one side and bookshelves on the other. The more I layer it, the more I love it.
If I’d seen this Bob Christian table a few years ago, it would currently be sitting on one side of my sofa. I’m obsessed with the finish, I love the fretwork detail, and the base is perfect for stacking lots of garden books. Among my favorites are Assouline’s gorgeous Hamptons Gardens from Books & Books or the totally charming The Embattled Male in the Garden from Nick Harvill Libraries.
I adore scented geraniums (rose geraniums, lime geraniums, you name it) but until the weather gets warm enough to replant my pots, this mint and geranium candle from Sidney Hale is a lovely substitute and infuses the room with the scent of summer.
My friend the landscape architect Ben Page designed the garden off this room so that we’d feel enveloped by green. But I’m dying to bring a couple of the outdoor citrus trees all the way inside, and these faux bois planters from Found would be just the things in which to plop them.
When we bought the house, the windows in this room were—believe it or not—plate glass. You couldn’t open them! We replaced them with French casement windows we keep open almost all the time, even when there’s a slight chill in the air—it’s a good excuse to wrap up in a throw. This wool and silk “Zig Zag” throw from Hollyhock adds great texture and would look fabulous with so many prints, including the Bennison “Crewelwork” linen on my chairs.
For more of the items I’d love to add to my own “indoor/outdoor” room—pillows, seats, fun lighting, and so much more—check out our Garden Room landing page.
It’s time to revive your green thumb with the help of these planters for indoors and out!
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These aren’t your average concrete planters. We’re smitten with the details and aged look of this striking pair.
Vintage French faux bois planters can be hard to find. Just ask Martha Stewart who collects these works of art.
This green and white tole planter with a scalloped edge is perfect for 2 small pots of ivy or a couple of African violets!
Ann Koerner’s Terra Cotta Urn would make a stunning centerpiece for a formal dining room or a garden party.
Both on trend and classic, the Rustic Garden Turquoise Planter brings chic sophistication to indoor and outdoor spaces. We recommend planting some herbs and placing it near a window.
Let Downton Abbey invade your home in more ways than one with the latest design trends inspired by the hit series.
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Lady Edith and The Dowager Countess have a little chat in a set of tufted chairs.
Layer on sumptuous colors and textiles Downton style with this Afsanna Decorative Pillow from Anichini’s “Rare Collection”.
Mr. Carson may not be pouring your morning coffee, but you can still feel like a count or countess when it’s served from this Estate Victorian Silver Plated Coffeepot.
Bob Christian’s faux bois table is perfect for taking tea, or adding a custom element to any room.
These versatile tufted chairs are perfect for everywhere from in front of the fireplace, or in a bedroom, to the drawing room for an intimate chat like the one Lady Edith and the Dowager Countess are having above.
Who needs an Old Master when the fabulous Bob Christian can create Downton-worthy works of art like this Birds, Blue and White Bowls Painting.
Every British country house has an element of chinoiserie and you should too! This hand painted table is a great place to start.
Richly woven throws are another way to add luxe texture too any room.
Atlanta-born Miles Redd is known for his high style—but always accessible—interiors. Call it cozy glamour, practical fantasy, Now, with The Big Book of Chic, he showcases some of his fabulous projects (including his own Manhattan townhouse) as well as the images that fuel his imagination drives him (a Sargent painting, a perfect fauteuil).
We love that it’s not “how-to” in the traditional sense—there’s no text, just glorious image after glorious image . It’s “how-to” of the most aspirational kind. Most of the photos were shot by the uber talented Paul Costello and they transport you straight into Redd’s world with its fearless color, shiny surfaces, faux finishes, and couture-like curtains. Whether it’s a padded leather door with brass nailheads or a trompe l’oeil window valence, Redd’s touches are always surprisingly spot-on. So is his excellent advice. Among his rules to live by are “Align yourself with the best people and then absorb everything you can from them” and “Say yes when you’re young and no when you’re old.” There’s also “Preserve great beauty with good sense.” The Big Book of Chic is a perfect example of how do just that.
Pictured Above, from left: Miles himself, Square Garden Stool, Wendi Schneider’s Peacock print, Red Canvas Tote Bag, Interiors from The Big Book of Chic, Marbleized Waste Basket, Prussian Blue Lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller, Set of three books “Chic History” by Nancy Mitford
With the holiday’s looming, we’ve put together a collection of beautiful items of the highest quality. Truly timeless, these pieces won’t lose value as soon they’re unwrapped. As you can see, tradition doesn’t have to look entirely traditional.
Since the holidays are all about family, and why not give a gift that’ll be celebrated in your family for years to come? It’s so much more meaningful to use serving wear or dishes that have been passed through your family, and it always produces a smile to think of all the nights you’ve spent together. So here’s to inspired inheritance. Enjoy!
1. Table Lamp in Prussian Blue with Brass Fittings, $2,640; 2.Grand Lieu Amethyst Hock by St. Louis Crystal, $245; 3. Estate English 3 Piece Silver Plated Coffee Set, $475; 4. Christian Louboutin Handbag Cleo Python Nude Clutch, $1,795; 5. Art Deco Black Onyx and Diamond Ring, Price Upon Request; 6. Bijoux de Mer Baroque Long Mocha Pearl and Pyrite Necklace, $3,400; 7. Leopard Square Dish, $295; 8. Antique French Painted Armoire, $12,800