Magazine article Sunset

Style on a Shoestring

Magazine article Sunset

Style on a Shoestring

Article excerpt

Turning a city yam into a chic outdoor room on a tight budget is easier than you think. Interior designer Antonio Martins shows how

FLEA-MARKET FINDS, luxe-looking knockoffs, and materials rescued from his own backyard. That, in a nutshell, is how interior designer Antonio Martins transformed the patch of dirt and weeds behind his 1896 house on San Francisco's Potrero Hill into a stylish space.

The patio is paved with cobblestones he dug up when first clearing the yard.

The hundreds of succulents tucked into containers and flower beds are the descendants of a couple dozen he rescued from a job site about the same time. The "tables" are salvage items he picked up at the Alameda Antiques Faire.

"We designers are not geniuses," he says. We just took for inspiration everywhere."

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

[RETRO LIGHTING]

A splurge at nearly $600, this faux road sign from the San Francisco branch of N.D. Buttercup (415/820-4788) stilt costs less than installing built-in lighting, and it's more fun.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

[PEACE IN A JAR]

A stoneware fountain from Pottery & Beyond ($696, including spout, pump, pebbles, and labor; 510/428-1881) trickles softly near the patio. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.