Atrium

Before

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What I now pretentiously call "the atrium" started as a passageway between the guest bedroom and the garage. Originally, the garage was an open carport and the sliders in the guest bedroom were another outside door. When the garage was walled in, however, this awkward space – roughly 30in x 78in – was created. It was covered over by a skylight which at least provided some light to the bedroom, if not a terrific view.

After

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This is what comes of watching too many HGTV programs! I was inspired by a patio makeover episode in which a backyard patio in Utah was transformed into a Mediterranean style garden. Hey, I could do that!

The walls were my first (and probably last) attempt to use the sponge painting technique. The base color is a sea green called "Waterbury" (Olympic paints) and the top color is "Eternal Sea" blue, again by Olympic.

For the floor, I found inexpensive faux-slate self-stick vinyl tiles from Lowes, which I laid at an angle to break up the boxiness a bit.

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Then the accessories! At one end, two funky wall hangings — a wire vase sculpture from Pier 1 Imports and a cast concrete sun god from The Statuary Store, a roadside shop in Cathedral City. At the other end, a silk ficus tree.

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The pièce de résistance, however, is visible only when looking up! Suspended under the skylight is my version of a grape arbor, knocked together with a few sticks of wood and lovingly adorned with fake grapevines from Michael's.

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A close-up view of the vineyard. I can hardly wait to start stamping out the vintage!