Country Sampler's Upstyled Home - - LIVING IN OUTDOOR SPACES -

The home of Lynn and Eric Steeves sits over­look­ing a sunny marsh and is lightly worn and loved by the salt air. In their sun­lit, open-air court­yard is a place where they both work. Lynn cre­ates liv­ing suc­cu­lent art dis­plays us­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and found ob­jects. Eric has stock­piles of weath­ered drift­wood col­lected from beaches and se­cret sites where na­ture has churned them to a de­sir­able beachy patina. He looks to these pieces to lead his de­sign so they be­come what they ought to be—mostly whales and other sea life.

Old sten­cil let­ters make a fun “open” sign. They can also be used to add let­ter shapes to a trans­form­ing piece of drift­wood.

No mat­ter what the shape or look of found drift­wood, Eric and Lynn dis­cover its in­tended use. A tree rem­nant with root base cra­dles a lush staghorn fern. Old drift­wood from fence or boat frag­ments are etched with de­signs and then metic­u­lously fes­tooned with moss.

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