Furniture Face-Lifts: Outdoor Living
A. I spent my early twenties in Switzerland, where I first picked up a camera and fell in love with vintage furnishings. I now work as a fine-art photographer, and I opened Gardenhouse in 2007 with my husband, Gary (an artist and metal sculptor), as an additional creative outlet. We used to spend weekends searching flea markets as a way to relax, and now we get to do it for a living!
A. Our storefront was a former Baptist church in the historic Northwood Village. We gutted the building to its raw concrete walls and floors, then painted everything opalescent white and silver to create a light and airy backdrop for colorful furnishings. We also added a back patio, with Italian marble floors and an enclosed pergola, where we display some of our furniture, such as dining sets.
437 Northwood Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
A. I travel to antiques shops, estate sales, and flea markets around the country looking for pieces from the 1940s and 1950s. We’ve found some great vintage pieces at The World’s Longest Yard Sale, which stretches through several Southern states.
A. I focus on outdoor/indoor furnishings because I see those living spaces as a whole, not separate. I like combining raw finishes with elegant fabrics and vice versa for a “vintage-gone-modern” style.
A. I got this vintage metal outdoor sofa at an estate sale. It had a lot of character, so I was drawn to it.
A. I treat each furnishing like a piece of art. I removed the paint on the frame and restored its raw metal finish. Then, I built new square cushions (the tufted ones were too fussy) and covered them in crisp white marine vinyl with red patent leather piping.
A. I love taking a piece that others would pass by and transforming it into something that’s new and contemporary. I love to make the ordinary extraordinary!
A. When you’re imagining how to refinish a piece, think outside the box. Be original, take a risk, and play with a color scheme that works for you, not what you think others would like.