ISSUE 33  |  Untamed Gardens

Steal This Look: A Rustic Porch and Summerhouse in Australia

August 19, 2015 1:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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We recently looked at the interiors of Ellis House, a historic guesthouse in Kyneton, Australia. Today, we’re dissecting the outdoor style of the house’s wraparound porch and original 19th-century summer house. To recreate the look, we’ve sourced a few elements similar to those chosen by designer and creative director Tracie Ellis.


Above: The Ellis House’s cool blue-gray exterior color palette (left). Rattan seating and hanging flowerpots on the porch (right). 


Above: Original to the property, the 19th-century summerhouse in the garden. Photograph by Sharyn Cairns for Ellis House.


Above: A slatted wood bench with knitted pillows and a navy throw blanket. Photograph by Sharyn Cairns for Ellis House.


Above: Ikea’s í„lmsta Chair is made of lacquered rattan with a bamboo back for $99. N.B.: The chair is meant for indoor use, but at this price point, it might be worth the risk on a covered porch.

Above: Happiness is a warm blanket. See our 10 Woolly Throws for Winter.


Above: The Galvanized Steel Planter is €12 from Manufactum in Germany.


Above: For growing plants up the side of a house, the Flexible Willow Trellis is made in Spain from slim willow twigs; €15.50 each from Manufactum in Germany.


Above: Used as an outdoor accent color, Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe imitates lead on exterior ironwork and helps to camouflage plumbing pipes against brickwork; $100 per gallon for the Exterior Masonry finish.


Above: From Tracie Ellis’s line, Aura Home, the 50-by-50-centimeter Moss Stitch Throw Pillow is made of  cotton/acrylic yarn; $59.95 AUD for the filled cushion.

Above: These lightweight Fiberclay Taper Pots are made from a fiberglass and clay composite that is frost- and UV-resistant; priced from $128 to $198 depending on size at Terrain.


Above: The Storsele Chair is made of black-stained, peeled rattan coated in a clear lacquer finish; $119 from Ikea.



Above: The Topless Wire Guard Outdoor Light is available in 21 finishes, including galvanized (as shown); $135 from Barn Light Electric. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Nautical Bulkhead Lighting.

For hundreds of outdoor looks to steal (think pool pavilions, potting sheds, and modern lounge spaces), browse through all of our Steal This Look posts on Gardenista.