Design Diary: Patio Makeover by Robin M. Anderson

What do you do when you have a decrepit screened porch that you just don’t need? Robin M. Anderson counseled her clients to dismantle it and transform the square footage into an outdoor room. I wrote about this  patio makeover by Boston designer Robin M. Anderson  for  Boston Globe Magazine this summer, and have been meaning to share it.

Tonight my husband and I cranked up the gas fire pit and shared wine and ginger flank steak rice bowls on our patio, thus reminding me to get this online already. I’m guessing Robin’s clients are getting cozy by the outdoor fireplace right about now. That fall chill is definitely in the New England air.

Covered Patio Outdoor Fireplace Outdoor RoomPhoto by Sabrina Cole Quinn

Collaborating with Boston architect Diane Lim of Lim Design Studio, Robin transformed uninsulated, little used indoor space to an often enjoyed outdoor haven. Removing the walls had a bonus effect too—sunlight now streams into the home’s entry.

While the brick of the patio was pre-existing, Robin filled in the area under the roof with bluestone pavers, creating an outdoor rug. The beadboard ceiling stayed in place (there’s a room above).

For furniture, Robin channeled her bohemian tendencies with the client’s traditional New England tastes for a coastal california appeal that is as stylish as it is family-friendly. A piece of salvaged wood from Fan Pier in Boston adds age to the chimney and hanging ferns make the whole tableau look lush.

Shop this outdoor room to create a patio getaway for yourself. Here are Robin’s top sources for outdoor furnishings and accessories:

Morocco Armchairs & Morocco Armless Chairs
Madura Woven Coffee Table
Renee Patio Rug
Campania Pillows
Seeded Glass Wall Lanterns
Flynn Round Rattan Mirror (similar)
Artificial Hanging Ferns (similar)

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Get the Look: Creating a Bohemian Style Backyard

Continuing with the theme of creating a bohemian style backyard—following up on Montage: 14 Bohemian Style Patios and Fine Print: Casa Bohemia—I partnered with World Market to curate a backyard with boho vibe Using an outdoor space designed by Consort Design as inspiration, I pulled together pieces from the global bazaar-like retailer to create an easy-to-follow shopping scheme.

Turns out creating a bohemian style patio is pretty easy when there’s a good selection of affordable finds. Today is the last day to take $50 off every $250 spent online or in-store at World Market with online code: HOORAYMAY

How to Create a Bohemian Style Patio

Inset photo by Phil Sanchez for Domaine

Shop StyleCarrot partner World Market to curate your own bohemian style patio.

S H O P P I N G 

Aqua Wire Wall Unit

Mini Succulent Pots

Faux Succulents in Rocks

Copper Punched Lanterns

Silver Dollar Stems

Segovia Whitewashed Mirror

Nomad Tiles Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Turquoise + Fuchsia Nesting Tables

Embossed Metal + Wood Daybed

Spotted Moth Outdoor Pillow

Grommet Top Outdoor Curtains  

More boho backyard decor from World Market

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