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Rooms to Renew
Treat yourself to a pretty at-home getaway where you can relax, read, or revive a dormant interest. These spaces make nesting seem like a vacation.
By Jody Garlock
Room to Bloom
A breath of fresh air is good for the soul, and an inviting outdoor space is the perfect place to rejuvenate. This covered porch has all the comforts of home, but even a wide-open patio or basic builderÂ’s deck can be made inviting. Take a few cues from nature for ideas to start the decorating.
Frame the View
Lattice walls with windowlike cutouts add privacy without totally closing off the outdoors. A big hydrangea bush and other plantings also provide seclusion and bring nature into the setting.
Natural Embrace
Woven, cane, and wood furniture provides natural warmth that metal patio furniture can’t muster. For a subtle change, mix bamboo and rattan, leaving it unpainted for richness.
Light Aloft
A flower-design chandelier tucked in a corner is a fun alternative to a table lamp.
Big Bloom Theory
Fresh flowers are right at home in an outdoor space. Keep bouquets loose and simple for a straight-from-the-garden look. Try an old pitcher or watering can as a vase.
Soft Spots
An area rug and pillows give a porch an unexpected layer of comfort. For an uncovered space, choose items designed for indoor-outdoor use.

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