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