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Secret Garden

On a lazy summer afternoon, we like to while away our free time looking back through previous issues of our favorite magazines. On just such a page-flipping excursion, we came across this conservatory in the June 2003 issue of British Homes & Gardens—an ideal example of how to create a romantic setting that isn’t dripping in Victoriana or ruffles and fluff.

We’re crazy about the old, weathered appearance of the chairs and mirror-top table, especially when paired with the more modern-looking but uniquely shaped wirework bench. Plush pillow and cushion fabrics in a soft, lavender-and-sage color palette are gorgeous against the gray-brown flagstone floor and stone walls. The ivory rug keeps the look from going too dark, while the climbing roses are a burst of lively pink. And the lantern? Shinetastic. Who wouldn’t want to sip tea and whisper sweet nothings here?

In the hall, the little bentwood console table topped with a neutral linen runner softens the rough-hewn walls. The glass bowls and elegant candelabra with dangling crystals are romance defined. To put it simply: We are in love.

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