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To create a green gingham ceiling in a Purchase, New York, house, designer Gideon Mendelson first had the pattern painted on canvas by Silvère Boureaum. "It gives a classic white kitchen personality, and it brings extremely high ceilings down to a more comfortable place," Mendelson says.
To make the Tony Duquette chandelier feel more at home, Ruthie Sommers had decorative painter Peter Bolton create an elaborate tree design in gold leaf on the dining room ceiling. Jacaranda and plum trees inspired the vibrant pink Penny Morrison fabric on the front of the chairs and the Claremont floral on the back. Rug from Melrose Carpet.
Designers Deirdre and Caleb Barber often entertain in their cozy Vermont cottage’s kitchen garden, between raised vegetable and flower beds Barber made out of red cedar from a garage they tore down. "We love the idea of the weekend country-house party in the European style, where everyone sits around the farmhouse table having long, leisurely meals, eating food made from the garden, and drinking interesting and honest wine."
In a California house designed by Stephen Shubel, homeowner Gabriella Sarlo sometimes commandeers furniture from her cellar and sets it up outside for alfresco dining under century-old oak trees. The table, chairs, white bowls, and settee are from Chateau Sonoma. The rug over the settee is from Anthropologie, as are the glasses, purple bowl, and pitcher. The urn holding flowers is a French antique from stephenshubel.com.
On the patio of a Menlo Park, California, house designed by Matthew Leverone, the slate-blue tones of Restoration Hardware's Carmel daybed, Pottery Barn's Frog Rain drum side tables, and Brown Jordan's Venetian chairs echo the house's siding. Pillows in Schumacher's Sunglass Print and Duralee's Pavilion
"The house is on a golf course with manicured lawns, so I liked repeating the grays and ivories of the interior against all the greenery," designer McDonald says of the limestone-tile veranda in a Los Angeles house, which has Restoration Hardware furniture.