PEREN­NIAL DE­LIGHT

Cle­men­tine Oril­lac, founder of in­te­ri­ors com­pany Baan, has cre­ated a shel­tered gar­den room that al­lows her to en­joy the out­side all year round

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When Cle­men­tine trans­formed a for­mer re­pair garage in Ivry-sur- Seine, two kilo­me­tres from Paris, into her home and work­shop, key to the lay­out was cre­at­ing this calmly dec­o­rated ‘win­ter gar­den’ room that would blur the bound­ary be­tween in­door and out­door liv­ing.

‘As I spend most of my time in a city full of build­ings, I wanted to add green­ery to the con­crete en­vi­ron­ment and make my gar­den feel big­ger than it is,’ she ex­plains. ‘I used to live in Asia, so I love to mix jun­gle-like green­ery – bam­boo and banana trees – with flow­er­ing climbers.’

A re­lax­ing, sim­ply de­signed space, which is used when it’s ei­ther too hot or too cold to be in the real gar­den, this shel­tered spot com­prises a table for meal­times, a wooden ceil­ing light and a sin­gle bed that is lay­ered with batik-print cush­ions. ‘The room is an ex­ten­sion of both the house and gar­den that can be used all year. I wanted to con­jure up that feel­ing of al­ready be­ing out­side, which is why I’ve kept the fur­ni­ture to a min­i­mum,’ says Oril­lac. ‘It’s some­where peace­ful, where I can lay back on the pil­lows and drink tea, sur­rounded by the scent of jas­mine.’ baan-baan.com

THE CALM­ING ‘WIN­TER GAR­DEN’ ROOM BLURS THE BOUND­ARIES BE­TWEEN IN­DOOR AND OUT­DOOR LIV­ING

HOW TO GET THE LOOK

1 Keep fur­ni­ture and dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories in your gar­den room to a min­i­mum, so that the eye is drawn out. 2 You can never have too much green­ery. Build up your range of plants and choose more ex­otic species to cre­ate a jun­gle. 3 Use nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, such as wood, cot­ton and other soft fab­rics to make your space feel com­fort­able and re­lax­ing.

‘I WANTED TO CRE­ATE THE FEEL­ING OF AL­READY BE­ING OUT­SIDE, SO I’VE KEPT FUR­NI­TURE TO A MIN­I­MUM

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