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.
Photo 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:
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