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Virtual tours of modern, historic and celebrity homes and their outdoor spaces.

One Stunning Garden Bench

garden bench - Lutyens Thakeham teak bench - Kinglsey Bates via Atticmag

Large or small, modern or antique, a stunning garden bench enhances even the most beautiful outdoor space.

How wonderful it is to sit on a garden bench and enjoy being surrounded by the natural vegetation and blooms. Even the fabulous Scampston Hall Walled Garden in northern England was designed with special garden seating. A landscape architect knows which furniture is needed for a garden but, for the rest of us,  finding the right garden bench is akin to shopping for a living room sofa. Size, color, style and the overall look of a bench needs to align with the garden’s mood.… Continue Reading


7 Outdoor Home Décor Ideas

outdoor home décor ideas - whitewashed swinging Porch bed - Southern Living via Atticmag

Summer’s here — prime time for outdoor home décor projects to do yourself or hire out.

This year my outdoor home décor projects have been very modest because two long cold winters created so much work in the flowerbeds. But the rotting doors on our shed were replaced. Plus I found an hour to refresh my antique iron porch chair and umbrella stand with spray paint. But I’ve been busy looking around to see what else might be feasible. Apart from the bbq, our patio is bare.

#1 Swinging Porch Bed. My front porch is, unfortunately, not deep enough for a swinging porch bed like the whitewashed one [top] installed in the Southern Living Idea House.… Continue Reading


Scampston Hall Walled Garden

walled gardens - oval fountain in the Perennial meadow of the Scampston Estate Walled Garden - Undated Handout Photo of a Scampston Walled Garden - Photo Phil Tatler/

The Scampston Estate Walled Garden was designed in a modern style with woodland plants and ornamental grasses.

The walled garden at Scampston Hall is one of two must-see gardens in northern England. On the grounds of a Regency country house in Yorkshire, the house and garden has been in the hands of the same family for more than 300 years. Like many stately British homes, public tours of Scampston’s walled garden, as well as the house with its own formal gardens, are available to anyone planning summer travel in England. The house and gardens are open to the public from April to November (Tuesday through Sunday).… Continue Reading


Basic Outdoor Shower

basic outdoor shower with Riobel head and hand shower mounted on a tree - House&Home via Atticmag

A basic outdoor shower is easy to rig up and the look opens up a natural world of creativity.

Two years ago, while visiting our daughter in Michigan, we watched the contractors install a basic outdoor shower on the back deck that leads to the pool. The entire project took most of the morning and by afternoon the little ones were rinsing themselves off after a swim. Adding a basic outdoor shower isn’t as complicated as it looks and it isn’t necessarily expensive either.

Apart from the irony of a working shower attached to a tree [top], showers don’t get more basic than this one.… Continue Reading


Making Sense of Buying Bath Towels

buying bath towels - Coyuchi Twill Weave Air Weight towels in mid dusty aqua, midnight and fog - Atticmag

I’ve become obsessed with buying bath towels online — shopping is like a home décor treasure hunt.

Summer white sales are coming soon. Meanwhile I’m been trying to make sense of buying bath towels online given the huge number of brands, styles and sources that have cropped up since I bought towels five years ago. It’s a whole new world. I’m looking for towels because my current sets began to feel too heavy. For me, it’s time to lighten up.

My priorities are: comfort, style, size, price and durability.

Comfort to me means a soft “hand” or feel for washcloths and hand towels, plus an absorbent bath sheet that’s wraps easily around my body and stays put.… Continue Reading


Lake Camp Bunkhouse Shed

bunkhouse shed - adorable vintage tool shed converted into a lake camp bunkhouse for family and friends - Atticmag

A 1950s lake house tool shed was converted by the owners into an adorable bunkhouse shed for family and friends.

This adorable brown-painted shed is different from the fanciful themed sheds in my Backyard Shed Crazy post primarily because it’s electrified and beds are built in. Strictly speaking this one falls into the category of a guest cabin — as opposed to a folly — at least by my definition.

But the fun of having a shed of any kind is fixing it up and finding a way to use it. At our pal Marsha’s Lake Camp in Maine, the bunkhouse was converted for use by her grandsons, family and friends of this military family.… Continue Reading