In our industry, the support of editorial is critical. I am an avid (borderline neurotic gardener) and have been reading Garden Design for years. My house was published a few years ago in the magazine, the story was about our new Interieurs collection. As a result, a new client called on me to redesign and furnish her nearby week end residence. I was thrilled when Katie Mendelson contacted me about our terrace which she had seen during one of our parties. Here is our outdoor space styled by Garden Design.
When I refer to the deck of my Brooklyn apartment, I use the term loosely;in truth, it is a dirty patch of tar roof. But after a trip to the design firm INTERIEURS on New York City's East 58th Street, I realized that with a few smart choices, even the most sharp-edged cityscapes can become an urban oasis.
When INTERIEURS'owner Francine Gardner relocated her showroom in 2010, she knew what she was after: "I wanted a place to meet with clients, to eat lunch, and to relax and entertain," she says. Inside, the breezy duplex showcases finds from four-poster beds to egg shaped lamps. But the piece de resistance is its 1,000 square foot terrace. Even penned in by office buildings, the terrace's currated mix of furniture and greenery is ripe for casual entertaining."it's quite unexpected in midtown manhattan,"Gardner notes.
Gardner's design philosophy, favoring relaxation over perfection and melding periods and styles-an indonesian petrified wood side table topped with artist Jose Esteves'contemporary bird sculpture , for instance-results in an inspiring but serene environment of vignettes.A sleek white dining table dressed with a colorful runner is the site of dinner parties; two sitting areas, one with ample handwoven fiber chairs, the other arranged arounfd tables set with eclectic conversation pieces, invite guests to sink in, enjoy a cocktail, dream and chhat.
The details that give this terrace its inviting ambiance can be replicated even in the smallest of spaces.Furniture-wise,comfort should reign supreme:gardner's sofas and chairs, chosen for thier high design and cushiness, are by italian manufacture Unopiu. But the real mood comes from personalized accents:Vierkant concrete planters,nautically inspired tekna lighting fixtures,and plenty of warm touches."What comes to mind when i think odf an outdoor retreat," she says "are great fabrics,blankets for cool evenings, scented plants and soft colors"With these few principles as a guide, Gardner's goal-tot turn her piece of nature into a relaxing space that fostersher guest 's enjoyment-is achieveable for any city dweller,whether their outdoor space ia an expansive terrace or a rooftop.