Outdoor Escapes Natural Combinations

Natural2Photography: Med Dement

Here Comes the Sun
All of the furnishings were selected for their combined comfort and ease of use. The fabrics and cushions on these chairs wick moisture out, so that they can be left in the rain and will be dry within 30 minutes of sunshine.

Surrounded by woodlands and creeks, with beautiful mountaintop views, this outdoor space was central to the Fowlers’ plan for this home. Everything was designed to exact specifications in order to create a living space that feels like a continuation of luxurious indoor living into the midst of the great outdoors. The key aspect of the space is the combination of many styles and materials in order to create distinct, but complementary seating areas. The furnishings include old family wrought-iron rockers, cast aluminum table and chairs, and outdoor wicker (resin on aluminum framing), all from The Patio Shop. The mountain stone around the pond also creates a beautiful contrast with the slate flooring on the porch. “What makes the combination scheme ideal is that it allows you to use things you’ve had forever, but bring in new furnishings as well,” says Sarah Fowler. “It makes for a great family living space, all the way down to the fire pit, to toast marshmallows with the grandchildren!”

Contractor: Dexter White, Dexter White Construction | Designer: Sarah and Dick Fowler | Stonework: Trip Brown, Brown Brothers, Inc.
Furnishings: The Patio Shop