Create an Outdoor Living Room
Salvaged windows, weathered seating, and rustic garden ornaments turn a small deck into an enchanted spot for entertaining. Here's how to put together a similar space in your yard
Garden walls really help a patio or deck feel like a room, whether they're made out of greenery, stone, or, more unexpectedly, the old church windows used here. Hung from rails set atop corner posts, they enclose a 16-by-16-foot deck, giving it the elegant air of a glass-lined conservatory. Homeowner Susanne Hudson, a garden designer, snagged the five 11-foot-tall finds for $90 each at a flea market years ago and recently put them to use to define her Douglasville, Georgia, deck like enormous white pickets on a fence.
For the furnishings, painted metal porch gliders and spring chairs from the 1940s had the laid-back look Hudson wanted; the iron candle stand and armillary sundial achieved the right rusted finish in short order. "Green, brown, and white, the natural colors of patina in a garden, are a built-in color scheme," she says. Blue hydrangeas and rose pillows brighten it up. Here are outdoor-friendly pieces you can assemble for a similar look.
Salvage yards and antique shops yield small ones like this for as little as $150. Give them more drama by hanging divided-light double-hungs, which run about $20, from the bottom using eye screws and hooks.
Though newly cast in concrete, this 18-inch-high column capital has the look of an antique garden ornament with an aged, pitted finish. It makes a handsome base for a low table with a rustic stone top.
About $275; Tabbystone
A handcrafted floor candelabra provides atmospheric lighting—and another Gothic touch—outdoors. Leave it untreated to develop a rusty patina.
About $105; Dwarvesong
TOH Pro Tip: "If I use new things outdoors, I give
them instant patina with spray paint. Just use brown or green sparingly in
a random pattern to suggest age."
—Susanne Hudson, Garden Designer