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Outdoor Wall Niche

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: September, 2013, Page 64
Photo by Richard Maack



An Exterior Niche Takes Cues From a Home’s Interiors

THE IDEA
A tall, curved recess set into a wall adjacent to a front entry needed dressing up. For Phoenix homeowner and interior designer Sherry Hauser, it was an opportunity to put her creative skills to use.

THE PLAN
Hauser decided to treat the narrow space as an extension of her interiors by modifying the texture and color of the walls, changing out the flooring, and furnishing the area with pieces usually reserved for indoors.

THE DESIGN
The textured stucco walls were smoothed and plastered, then painted and inset with decorative tiles. Replacing a bed of granite are Saltillo floor tiles, which continue up the wall to form a baseboard. The look was completed with an iron chandelier, flagstone-topped table and seasonal flowers.

THE PLANTS
The spiky fronds of a foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myers’) draw the eye in, while potted dianthus, petunias and snapdragons emulate a charming cottage garden.
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