Steven & Chris: Create a restful backyard retreat
If heading up north to the cottage isn't part of your routine, the bliss of having a restful retreat can be as close as your backyard. Did you ever think that your little, lonely outdoor shed could be transformed into a soothing sanctuary? It can with a few of these key touches.
illustration by Lindsay Agnew
A soft white paint colour suits a tranquil environment and helps create a serene space.A wide-plank beadboard hung horizontally lends the space an informal charm. A round weathered mirror balances the simple horizontal lines of the beadboard. Small Mansard Mirror, $295 US, Restoration Hardware.
Neutral accessories in natural finishes are indicative of cottage style. To achieve this look, try decorating with cream and mocha coloured pillows. A custom banquette also maximizes seating in a small space, while a woven ottoman provides the perfect surface for a tray. S&C sisal cushion in Cream, 20" x 20". $53, sisal cushion in Mocha, 14"x 20", $47.