The backyard at my new house in Wilmington, Delaware, is going to be the ultimate entertaining space. My goal is to live exclusively outdoors this summer, so I’m treating this space as I would any interior room by bringing in colorful textiles and beautifully textured tile flooring. Durable outdoor rugs, hardworking fabrics, and proper exterior lighting will get my yard barbecue ready with style.

Dining Out

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Ronan Flatware Set, Ralph Lauren Home ($65)
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Since I’m going for easy-breezy, storing flatware in earthenware cups will make entertaining a cinch.

Between the Lines

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Rugby Stripe Denim Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Dash & Albert ($54)
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A classic striped flat-weave keeps the backyard floor from becoming a bore.


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Pitcher Perfect

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Pitcher, Ikea ($8)
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I can’t say no to a good margarita, so this clean-lined pitcher will ensure that I’ll have several servings at the ready. And it looks pretty on a shelf when not in use.

Hello, Yellow

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Pot, Svenskt Tenn ($48)
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After being indoors for so long, even my plants are craving sunny colors.

Barbecue Azul

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Master-Touch Charcoal Grill 22″, Weber ($229)
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I’ll admit I’m not the greatest chef, so I’ll be burning your burgers in style on a bright ocean blue Weber.

Tile Talk

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Traditional Cotto Tile, Fornace Brioni
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The light mottled texture of these traditional terracotta tiles sets the stage for fireside friend hangs.


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Double Duty

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Intreccio Round Dining Table by Officina Ciani, Artemest $3,060
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An Italian marble table is worth the splurge for dining alfresco—and then for meals inside during the off-season.

Plate Party

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Azuladas Hierbas Plate Set, Get the Gusto (Price upon request)
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I’m amping up the exterior walls and hanging a favorite decorative plate (or six!) on the privacy fence, just as I would inside.

Sun Seat

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Ayden Patio Loveseat by Threshold, Target ($400)
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Finding a cozy spot to read the newspaper each morning is mandatory.

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A citrusy outdoor fabric adds personality to my wicker bench, and the double-face twill will be extra-durable, too.


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Shine the Light

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Factory 4 Outdoor LED Sconce, Schoolhouse ($499)
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A neat row of barn lanterns brings order to the rear facade of the house.