ISSUE 82  |  Australia by Design

Steal This Look: A Rustic Porch and Summerhouse in Australia

July 23, 2013 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Yesterday, we posted on the interiors of Ellis House, a historic guesthouse in Kyneton, Australia. Today, we’re dissecting the outdoor style of the house’s wraparound porch and original 19th-century summer house. To recreate the look, we’ve sourced a few elements similar to those chosen by designer and creative director Tracie Ellis.

Above L: The Ellis House’s cool blue-gray exterior color palette. Above R: Rattan seating and hanging flower pots on the porch. Photograph by Sharyn Cairns for Ellis House.

Above: Original to the property, the 19th-century summerhouse in the garden. Photograph by Sharyn Cairns for Ellis House.

Above: A slatted wood bench with knitted pillows and a navy throw blanket. Photograph by Sharyn Cairns for Ellis House.

Above: Ikea’s new í„lmsta Chair is made from lacquered rattan with a bamboo back for $99.99. N.B.: The chair is meant for indoor use, but at this price point, it might be worth the risk on a covered porch.

Above: A hardwearing blanket for outdoor use is Restoration Hardware’s Washed Linen Indigo Throw loomed from a linen and viscose blend; $99 for the 50-by-70-inch throw.

Above: The Galvanized Steel Planter is €12.50 from Manufactum in Germany.

Above: For growing plants up the side of a house, the Flexible Window Trellis is made in Spain from slim willow twigs; €15 each from Manufactum in Germany.

Above: Used as an outdoor accent color, Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe imitates lead on exterior ironwork and helps to camouflage plumbing pipes against brickwork; $100 per gallon for the Exterior Masonry finish.

Above: From Ellis’ line, Aura Home, the 50-by-50cm Moss Stitch Throw Pillow is made from a cotton/acrylic yarn; $59.95 AUD for the filled cushion.

Above: These Fiberclay Egg Pots are made from a fiberglass and clay composite for a frost and UV-resistant quality; $28 for the large at Terrain.

Above: The Storsele Chair is made from black-stained, peeled rattan coated in a clear lacquer finish; $119 each from Ikea.


Above: The Topless Wire Guard Outdoor Light is available in a choice of 21 finishes, including galvanized as shown; $158 from Barn Light Electric. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Barnhouse-Style Outdoor Lighting.

For more outdoor looks to steal (think pool pavilions, potting sheds, and modern lounge spaces), browse through all of our Steal This Look posts on Gardenista.