Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Final weeks of Summer...Enjoy!

With the occasional thoughts of Fall starting to surface, I’m reminded of all things great about summer; barefoot walks, fresh linens, farmer’s market, boat rides...  My list continues, but most importantly it’s a time of year good for slowing our pace and keeping life casual.

In efforts to slow my pace and enjoy these final weeks of summer, I look to spend more time outdoors; particularly relaxing and entertaining.  I must admit, with our hectic schedules and scorching hot temperatures, our outdoor retreat had fallen victim to some neglect this year.  

 Knowing I'd want to take my time selecting outdoor furniture for this space, I bought these inexpensive and yet extremely durable sling back chairs and folding tables.  I added seat cushions, an outdoor rug and planted a few geraniums to give the deck color and visual interest.      
Source:  furniture and seat cushions; Target, outdoor rug; Pier1 Imports

Outdoor spaces are an extension of your home and provide the perfect opportunity to experiment with patterns, bold colors and unique textures.  Below are designs I've added to my stock pile of outdoor inspiration.  Enjoy. 

 Constructed chair back shown in Michael Taylor Designs teak collection of furnishings.

 Large scale pattern, the use of bamboo, and greens give this indoor space an outdoor feeling. 

Seating and ottoman upholstered in Perennials fabric.  

Restoration Hardware sofa, tables and chair. 
Belongs to celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis - LFTH

Chic mix of boxed wood and antiqued metal. 

Red, White and blue.
Richard Mishaan’s - AD

Simple arrangement and use of black/white balance architecture features.  

Sending love and design...  

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  1. I love the outdoor rug!! What a great idea.

  2. I would take any one of these outdoor patios - they are lovely!!

  3. I would too! I'm so glad you enjoyed them StephStef ;)