how to create YOUR perfect outdoor space for summer
Published Jun 5, 2016 2:30 PM
produced by ANNA KOCHARIAN
Every outdoor space serves a purpose. Whether it is for entertaining, lounging, or simply just a spot for enjoying a morning coffee, it is important to fill the space with functionality in mind – and style coming in close behind. Here’s what you should know:
THE ENTERTAINER Regardless if your idea of entertaining entails a massive gathering of friends or a modest cocktail hour on the deck, create a comfortable area that can cater to both. We’ve got our eyes on these.
a pair of seats to go with the outdoor bar
an accent piece you can just hang in
a weather-proof set that can complement just about any aesthetic.
an outdoor bar cart to house your prized collection of summer spirits
THE BOHO DREAMER When your backyard doubles as a momentary escape, it’s all about creating a seemingly lavish space for some well-deserved R&R. Hammocks, lush pillows, and intricately patterned textiles are just a few of the essentials for the ultimate bohemian space.
subtle pattern play for the outdoor seating arrangement
hanging this over the pool, completely optional
FAMILY-FRIENDLY When creating an outdoor area with the little ones in mind, it’s all about establishing a setup the whole family can enjoy.
you know, for s’mores
a sectional that can fit the entire family
something to kindle the little ones’ imaginations
a family-friendly outdoor dining situation
the perfect spot to kick back in, after a long day
THE MOD TRENDSETTER Accented furnishings, bursts of color, and statement pieces are your thing – coupled with exotic greens and desert florals. Whether your space is emulates an urban setting or one with bucolic country charm, here are a few trendy elements that the space could use.
statement seating in a rose gold wash for an added hint of metallic shine
a stylish catch-all for trinkets and more
a concrete accent table to contrast against the natural greens of the space
vibrant color ways aside, this is one very versatile seat
THE SUNBATHER Sitting poolside, beachfront, or in a cluster of grass that is your makeshift backyard, is about as quintessentially summer as it gets. Here, a few basics you should never be without.
the next best thing to having an actual pool
because one can never go wrong with a little protection from the sun… or rain
something to lounge in by the pool
where else would you set your post-swim cocktail?
a seasonally versatile wrap that doubles as a towel and more
a cushioned accent piece for added color