Jul 22, 2014
8 tips for a front yard retreat
Set the tone and lend a sense of privacySource: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home
1 “Decor starts well before you step through the front door,” says Karen. “It begins on the sidewalk.” The porch, what she calls a “half-way space,” should give a taste of the interior in this case, a bright and colourful family home. But it should also speak to its natural surroundings, hence the multitude of potted plants. Design, Sealy Design. 2 A front porch can feel just as secluded as a backyard. Layers of lush greenery separate this little haven from the busy street beyond. “This kind of green ‘fence’ is a lovely way to cut down the noise in a manner that’s cozy for you and pretty for your neighbours,” says Karen. The chunky spindles she chose for the railings (made to mimic the original juliet balcony above) also serve as a great privacy screen.
Reference the surroundings in your decor choicesSource: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home
3 The wicker furniture set echoes the home’s white and butter yellow facade, and its lattice detail emulates the original stained glass windows. The connection between the indoors and out is heightened with accessories in green, purple and pink jewel tones – a palette from mother nature’s handbook – and bold floral patterns.
Decorate with flowersSource: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home
4 Windowsills, both interior and exterior, make for ideal display spots. Here, an array of blooms is showcased in a collection of glass vases, bottles and jars. “Half of them came from Value Village and some are old Mason jars,” says Karen. Each vessel holds a different blossom, which amounts to a look that’s charmingly eclectic, befitting the rustic setting.