Made in the Shade

After selecting furniture, adding a little shady spot is the next step in creating an outdoor oasis.  Here are a few structures that caught my fancy.


The first three are temporary, they could be put up for a party or for the entire summer season.

This changing room/cabana is striking in both color and scale.  This would be great tucked into a corner of the yard for reading or to shield a buffet style meal from pests.  

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Sun sails add a great 3 dimensional graphic element to a backyard, especially over part of a pool and are the most cost effective way to add shade.

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A tent like this one would add feeling of intimacy to a dinner party.  I have had my eye on this one all summer, I don’t know where I would put it, but I like it!

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Three more permanent structures – 

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This conservatory would be beautiful in a large backyard as a pool house or as a greenhouse to defy a cool climate.  I would love to attend a ladies tea in this one.

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There are many companies that make sheds and out buildings.  This one is my favorite, I have a fantasy of having a pair of these separated by a pergola and patio.  One would be my design studio, the other could be filled with my husbands stuff  – lawn mowers and barbecue equipment, or could be a simple guest house.  

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Coming soon….Outdoor Accessorizing




About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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