Patina is a tarnish that forms on metals like copper and bronze. Some say a patina makes something look dingy. I think it gives furnishings and garden decor character, which is exactly why I was so enamored with the copper-green spire that rises above the old town in Geneva, Switzerland. I asked Scott, the family photographer, to shoot it from every angle because I loved the way it looked in different light. From one side, the spire appeared bright turquoise but walk to a different vantage point, and parts looked gray, even black.
Posted by Wendy
I originally had visions of making my own outdoor daybed using reclaimed wood and a metal headboard (it had the perfect patina) that I spotted on Craigslist, but then I found this coffee table, also on Craigslist and built the space around it. It’s not a true patina, but the painted base and coppery floral motif on top screamed French country, and I love it. Hanging outdoor curtains blocks light but also creates an intimate atmosphere. I would forgo traditional tiebacks for lengths of hemp tassels I would loosely tie. To offset these overtly feminine sconces, I would hang this rustic rectangular chandelier, the splurge in the room. Weathered wicker chairs create the conversation area around that Craigslist gem. To add just a bit of color and make this alfresco room cozier, bright pillows would be thrown into the mix. I would fill several vintage urns, like this one, with gorgeous blooms, then sit back, relax and sip my kir royal.