Create a Neoclassical Patio
Textured furnishings and antiquities-inspired accents add up to an outdoor space with a past
Venture into the great outdoors and you just may find new ways to maximize your home's living space. Consider the charmingly weathered elements on this terrace, which has all the features of a cozy indoor family room—outside the back door. "I wanted to create a room where nothing is too precious, so there's no worry if it rains or the retriever climbs on the furniture," says its designer, Cindy Rinfret, author of Greenwich Style (Rizzoli). But the room retains a certain formality thanks, in part, to the limestone mantel and the mirror framed with a salvaged window guard above it. Neoclassical elements in stone and iron—a column capital, urns, obelisks, and the mirror's garland motif—plus a neutral color palette give the space an elegant feel. For ways to assemble a sophisticated outdoor room of your own, read on.
The woven-raffia seating at right has the shape of classic upholstered pieces, but this powder-coated wicker loveseat and table from the home center offer just as much polish for a fraction of the price.
Loveseat and table set, about $550; lampsplus.com
This status symbol dates back to feudal times in England, when it was used by landlords to mark territory. Rinfret assembled a collection of tapered obelisks to decorate her limestone mantle, and this cast-stone ornament adds a similarly distinguished look.
About $100; garden-fountains.com
Iron guards come in all shapes, sizes, and period styles, which makes them perfect for one-of-a-kind projects. Rinfret created an outdoor focal point by framing a mirror with one. To make your own, remove bars from the center of the guard with an angle grinder and smooth the edges. Then pair the opened-up guard with a mirror cut to the same size and frame the set with stock lumber parts.
We found this Arts and Crafts piece for $251 at Architectural Salvage Inc. in Denver; salvagelady.com
Rinfret uses plenty of candlelight to create a space that appeals to all the senses. Replicate the warm glow with these flickering lights poured into vintage-look garden pots.
From about $13; swancreekcandle.com