Building a patio room is an investment, but one that offers great rewards both financially and in terms of lifestyle. Because not only does it add value to your property, it also opens up a ton of space that you can adapt to your changing needs – all with a lovely view of the garden.
This minimalist garden studio by Japandi is the work of interior designer Jenna Choate-James and her husband, who hoped to create additional space for yoga, remote working and hosting guests. Together with an architect, the duo brought their Japandi garden furniture design ideas to life.
Set down a stone path in the garden and lined with trees, it is a calming and inviting retreat, with a welcoming interior with Japanese and Scandinavian style references.
Garden Studio Exterior: Front
The couple managed to bridge the gap between their home and the garden, creating an overall increased sense of space. “Although separated, our goal was to expand our indoor and outdoor life and create a connection between our main house and the new studio,” they explain. By creating a destination at the end of the garden, they will find that they spend more time in their outdoor space day to day.
As co-founder of interior design service Interior Fox (opens in a new tab), Jenna had a clear vision of the garden studio. “We wanted to create a relaxing, quiet space with a spa-like feel,” she tells us. Having considered the various garden furniture costs involved, she and her husband began the project, and nine months later it was complete.
They wanted a clean, minimalist and Japanese look for their garden studio. They therefore chose organic natural materials, such as linen, whitewash paint which creates a matte, chalky texture on the walls, and natural woods. The woodwork inside and out and the neutral color scheme with black accents also match perfectly.
Front seating area
Jenna and her husband have put their own stamp on it though, with upholstery and bespoke fabrics they sourced themselves, giving it a unique flair. Ambient light was also a big priority, so they opted for additional skylights and a sliding glass door to maximize incoming natural light, creating a true indoor-outdoor feel perfect for morning vinyasas.
Lounge area after
“The guest sofa bed was key, we experimented with a few ideas but in the end we decided to incorporate a fully upholstered wall with stackable mattresses,” they share. “Versatility is key in a small space and we knew it could be used as a relaxing place to read a book or as a spare king-size bed.”
Dining area / workspace
From the start, they knew that rather than opting for a pure white palette, they wanted to incorporate warm neutral colors. “We chose whitewashed oak floors, off-white linens and complemented with mushroom-toned lighting,” they explain.
When planning the layout of the workshop, they were guided by the floor plan drawn by the architect. The kitchenette is only 1.5 meters wide. So Jenna and her husband had to come up with small kitchen ideas to maximize every inch of space. They managed to integrate a sink, a microwave and even a small dishwasher.
Being innovative with storage solutions for small spaces was key, for example, they added L-shaped shelves in awkward corners of the kitchen to free up cupboard space.
The couple wanted the studio to be self-contained so guests could stay longer and have everything they needed. They therefore wanted to include a bathroom and a small kitchen. They managed to add a full shower, bathroom storage, sink, toilet and even a skylight.
What would your dream garden furniture look like?