Formal meets fun in an outdoor room hidden inside an English Garden

In the early 18th century formal geometric gardens gave way to rambling, natural looking gardens. The new style, known as English landscape, aimed to create picturesque, idealized versions of nature. Today these gardens serve as inspiration for creating an intimate, formal but fun, outdoor room.

To make a hidden outdoor room, start with elements that create privacy: arbors woven with climbing vines, walls of hedges and beds of towering flowers. Add decorative outdoor carpets and furniture. Combining a rug featuring a traditional damask pattern with furniture composed of whimsical scrollwork creates an atmosphere that feels both formal and fun. Delicate with filigree-inspired lighting fixtures will echo the scrollwork patterns. Complete the feeling of refuge and intimacy with partially hidden birdbaths, bird feeders, weathervanes and garden fountains.

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