style scout: shabby chic.
July 14, 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOMINIQUE VORILLON
A luxuriously appointed room might be beautiful to look at, but that’s just it—it only inspires looking, not necessarily living. Sometimes, a casual, easy space is what you crave most, and that’s exactly what this Santa Ynez Valley, California, veranda accomplishes: It makes us want to be there, sitting back, relaxing and sharing a meal and a bottle of wine with friends and family on a breezy summer afternoon. This outdoor dining room by designer Hélenè Aumont sports an inviting rustic table topped with a striped, homey linen that pairs perfectly with a mustard yellow terracotta urn, rusted orange curtains to deflect the sun, and a modern, reflective lantern to extend al fresco dining into the night. And while the space can’t be classified by a distinct design aesthetic—though it was inspired by European summer vacations from Aumont’s childhood—maybe that’s what makes it work best: It looks like it came together over time, with a mix of antiques, family heirlooms, pieces brought back from worldly excursions and a sprinkling of French cottage sophistication. Pass the pinot noir, s'il vous plait!
From left: Sunbrella's Sonita fabric in Beachfront from Pindler & Pindler; Anses 4 Urn from Authentic Provence; Urban Smokebell Lantern from Baker.