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Issue 83 · Entertaining: Summer Edition · August 2, 2013

Indoor/Outdoor Living, Napa Style

Issue 83 · Entertaining: Summer Edition · August 2, 2013

I had admired my friend Renee's Napa Valley house from afar long before I got to know her (it was hard to see the home hidden behind the wooden gate, but the low fencing and graveled outer garden gave it the appearance of being open while remaining private at the same time).

When Renee bought the land several years ago, there was nothing on it except a small vineyard and a well in the middle of the lot. She knew she wanted to design a home that embodied indoor/outdoor living, and ultimately, the well ended up dictating the plan, with the house built around a central courtyard. Renee tells us, "I have the doors open all day for a lot of the year, and the courtyard has very much become an extension of the living room and the outdoor space feels very much part of the house." Her indoor/outdoor living mission duly accomplished.

Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista.

Indoor/outdoor garden: Remodelista

Above: The house is set behind a low fence; the graveled patio is used for bike parking.

Indoor-outdoor garden: Remodelista

Above: The wooden gates open onto the entry of the house. Renee says, "it was my intention to create something peaceful so I could spend time on the front porch reading. It's a great spot to catch the afternoon sun."

ndoor-outdoor garden: Remodelista

Above: The view from the living room to the front gate through ivy trailing from the front of the house.

Patio: Remodelista

Above: The ivy carries over the courtyard. "We usually have wine and cocktails outside and will sit by the fire when it's cooler. When the kids were younger they would chalk and paint out here all the time."

Indoor/outdoor garden: Remodelista

Above: A bull's head above the stone fireplace.

Indoor outdoor living: Remodelista

Above: The outdoor Montego Seating came from Room & Board and the red Adirondack chairs were picked up at a local farmer's market.

Rocke: Remodelista

Above: The children's collection of stones and bottle caps.

Indoor-outdoor garden: Remodelista

Above: "I have a lot of greenery in pots—it's good for adding height—things like Euphorbia, flax, and succulents, low maintenance sorts of things."

Indoor/outdoor garden: Remodelista

Above: The view from the courtyard through to the front of the house.

Indoor/outdoor garden: Remodelista

Above: An Ikea Docksta Table in the corner of the courtyard with two Eames Chairs from DWR.

Galvanised planters: Remodelista

 Above: Galvanized planters in a secluded area at the rear of the house.

Indoor/outdoor garden: Remodelista

Above: A small seating area in the inner garden at the front of the house.

Indoor/outdoor garden: Remodelista

Above: The garage with sliding barn doors.

If you are looking to add an eco-chic note to your garden furnishings, see our post on this glamorous Outdoor Furniture.



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