Mashing textures, colors and a variety of materials on luxury outdoor living projects is stimulating. It’s also dangerous and energetic. Dangerous because too much variety can detract from the logical flow and cause distress. But when you get it right, the energy is vacation-like! Of course … we get it right.
This micro patio is curled up in the middle of the Villages of West Clay and a brief glimpse of the entire space. Check out the use of color and materials in the grill station. Materials which are not often married together in the Midwest. Which was precisely the objective, to give it a forward metro statement, as if we had suddenly landed in NYC.
The counter and cabinet is constructed of Ipe, an environmentally harvested Brazilian hardwood that behaves like steel. It’s very dense and deceivingly heavy. So dense that nails or screws must be pre-drilled. It ages beautifully, like you and I, and does not require staining or treating. Notice the black steel columns and horizontal support for the side elevated bar? For clarity, the steel and ipe are echoed elsewhere in the project and beautifully glues the space together.
The original patio surface was retained and carved out in select areas to remove awkward curves that detracted from the edgy feel we were searching for. Pennsylvania slate / blue stone, was inserted which dangerously introduced another texture, color and material for provocative results.
The homeowner’s brilliant eye for design and color compelled the bright orange steel stools. High quality cushy outdoor furniture with vibrant patterns, a generous size ornamental rug and gobs of comfy pillows complete the space. Actually, a happy home and this thriving family joyfully complete the space.
And that’s what happens when energetic design meets dangerous materials … luxury outdoor living at its finest!