Monday, January 10, 2022

Lanai Inspiration and an eBay Find

Don Easterling

As part of my exterior painting project, the lanai will be painted inside and out and the ceiling will be painted haint blue. 

I came across this wonderful pavillion by Atlanta designer Don Easterling that has given me some ideas. I love the large lantern, but here in south Florida, I can't imagine giving up the ceiling fan. I love the pair of blue and white Chinese garden stools. The two sofas are Brown Jordan with Sunbrella cushions. The lantern is Neirmann Weeks and the wicker console is Hickory Chair.

I love the topiaries. I did try live topiaries in my lanai over the holidays, but I am fortunate to have ancient massive live oaks and palm trees shading the lanai and the topiaries ended up outdoors where they get more sun. The breeze in the lanai from the trees and the ceiling fan is wonderful.

I do have white cushions like these for my pair of oversized wicker slipper chairs. I am crazy about the elephant obelisks on the console. I did a quick search and found this pair on eBay yesterday for $50!!! I will likely spray paint them a high gloss white. I don't think I can deal with the brown glaze. But Rust-oleum Primer, a light sanding, and light coats of gloss white will do the trick.

Pair of Elephant Obelisks

These are stunning from 1stDibs but $1,995.

1960s Blue and White Meiselman Elephant Obelisks

These draped curvy wicker consoles are quite popular and expensive. This one is a great price, very tempting.

Curvy Rattan Wicker Console


  1. What color / brand of paint are you using for your lanai ceiling? Thanks

  2. I like the ebay elephants as they are. Not perfect.

  3. The elephant obelisks are just fabulous! What a lucky find! What are they made of?