The Original Elegant Decorating
This 19th-Century Japanese scroll adorns a high wall, complementing the white down comforter and a black bookcase that accommodates bedside necessities like an alarm clock and short-wave radio. The glowing objects are a Japanese paper lantern from Ikea and a Himalayan salt lamp. Above the bay-window is "Lost Horizon", a 16" X 20" oil on canvas painting by M-J de Mesterton. (Clicking twice on these two photos will enlarge them.)
The Elegant Mystic Painter M-J de Mesterton with Her Exquisite Rock Paintings, December 25th 2016
Elegant Garden Furniture
Plastic furniture is all right indoors, especially if it is in the highly stylised modern idiom, and was made by 1950s and 1960s designers such as Eero Saarinen. But outdoors, one ideally will have garden or patio furniture made from wrought iron or of teak-wood, which will not deteriorate from exposure to the elements.Wooden and iron furniture blends in very well with landscaping and nature, especially when created in greens, browns, and other earth-tones.
Here is my old garden courtyard, where I had outdoor dining furniture by the now-defunct, elegant wrought-iron furniture company Lyon-Shaw, and a smaller chat-table in iron, wicker and tile, by Alfresco Home.