Sleek leather sofas and velvet cushions are juxtaposed by a warm wooden ceiling. An elegant glass coffee table adds to the sophisticated feel. Stunning views of the garden outside replace artwork in this beautifully designed space.
Talk about fancy (and inexpensive): designer Barbara Westbrook showcased two stunning ottomans with glowing gold undersides in her Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens Great Room design. You can get the same magical effect by painting the underside of a bench, coffee table or side table in glimmering gold.
When you have a coffee table with an interesting shape, you don't need to do much on top. For the Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens in Atlanta, designer Jonathan Savage used a small tambour table made of wire, with a glass insert. "A single table, whether made of wood or wire, if it’s really interesting and unusual, it can really make a statement," he says. For a cheaper option, use a garden stool, he says.
This space was designed for the 44th Annual Bucks County Designer House + Gardens and features a stairway with wrought iron railing leading to a wooden pedestal table, which makes for the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.
Snuggle up on summer nights on the patio's large sectional, a good seating solution for smaller outdoor spaces. A ceramic yellow garden stool and two round white tables can be either coffee or end tables, whatever the occasion demands.
This small sitting area just off the kitchen provide a relaxing spot for the homeowners to enjoy their morning coffee. Wicker armchairs and pink faux fur pillows offer comfortable seating, and an Asian garden stool serves as a charming small table.
A pair of weathered green garden urns act as coffee tables, adding a touch of character balanced by a traditional sofa. The large window has a striped valance that evokes a Moroccan feel along with other accessories.
A black wicker sectional with a matching coffee table sets the tone for relaxation on this stylish patio. Green and white nautical patterned pillows pad the sofa. A textured planter mounted to the wall creates a vertical garden, and a beer basket keeps refreshments readily available.
Opulent furniture and heavy drapes are accented by the gold walls in this living room. A heavy, ornate, iron and jewel chandelier hangs low above a glass coffee table, which has a large garden urn filled with autumnal flowers as a centerpiece.
Designed by Heather Hilliard and Fleur Keyes, this coastal sitting area in the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase Garden Room features a teal sofa and woven armchair placed around a light-colored coffee table of metal and wood. Tall curtains with a neutral striped pattern help to frame the space.
A tall, gorgeous copper wall adds a shining contrast to the matte concrete retaining wall and striped patio floor of this zen outdoor sitting room. Asian chairs are topped with white cushions and a matching coffee table features a frosted glass center. A succulent garden adds natural color and life to the space.
Create a retreat just like you would an interior room by starting with furnishings. Consider your style and budget, along with how you’ll likely use the space. If your retreat is a cherished space for reading and hanging out with family, include plenty of seating options. For a retreat that provides an escape for morning coffee, you might just need one seat and a spot to park your favorite mug. Include container gardens to give the space a touch of greenery and nature that will minister to you, body and soul. These pots sport a mix of annuals: dwarf purple fountain grass with ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’ sweet potato vine and Intensia blueberry phlox, dark Vertigo purple fountain grass, and Blushing Princess sweet alyssum solo and with Supertunias Royal Velvet and Trailing Silver. A pot of Diamond Frost euphorbia adds a just-right blooming accent to the coffee table.
Pamper yourself by transforming an outdoor space into a custom retreat. Japanese forest bathing research shows that time spent in the Great Outdoors brings significant health benefits—lower blood pressure, less stress, greater empathy. Green spaces soothe both body and brain, and you can reap the results with a spot in your own yard. Start your project by choosing an area with easy access. A small deck, porch, patio or corner of a garden provides a terrific foundation for a home-sweet-home getaway. Approach your project with an eye to design by including touches that speak to your style (retro? chic? urban?). You don’t have to spend big bucks to make it work. This welcoming retreat features a crate coffee table that blends beautifully with wooden chairs. Pots of colorful annuals bring nature near. Annuals include purple Angelonia with Raven (dark) sweet potato vine, Yellow Chiffon superbells, Royal Velvet supertunia, and ‘Banana Cream’ Shasta daisy with Vertigo purple fountain grass.