BALTIMORE SUN July 17.2010
Inside or out?
Regal Roost birdhouses fit sweetly in that niche of home furnishings and design elements that look good in the garden or in the house and blend the boundaries between those two living spaces.
It’s a trend that includes large planters, cement fruit baskets, stone pillars and more, says Richard Pawlik, co-owner of GoreDean, a home specialty shop in Mt. Washington. “These are things clients like because they can move them indoors in the winter and completely change the look,” Pawlik says.
Here are some items and tips on how to use them to bring the outside in:
Pedestals or pillars. These can stand alone in the garden or in the home. Think about using a pillar to hold a large potted fern.
Wicker, wire, and wrought iron. Furniture made of these elements is designed for outdoor spaces. But a table, chair or art work can add a distinctive touch indoors.
Ornate or oversized planters. These hold everything vessels can carry off more than summer flowers. Consider planting several with a single small boxwood or other evergreen. They can add life to the deck or patio during fall and winter. Or bring them indoors for an unexpected green touch.
Garden stools. Chinese garden stools, made of ceramic or metal, can serve as side tables or seats.
Thank you, Baltimore Sun for such beautiful photographs – Deb