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We know it’s already July, but don’t let that stop you from sprucing up your outdoor space. Sarah Sherman Samuel sure isn’t: The designer just revealed her backyard renovation, proof that it’s never too late to do a makeover. Bring on the alfresco Aperol Spritzes. 

Peppered with her favorite CB2 finds, Samuel’s patio is a lesson in outdoor decor done right; it definitely feels fresh, but the mix is meant to stand the test of time. Classic teak loungers and woven rattan recliners balance out the trendy terrazzo tables and blush pink chairs. In other words, she won’t want to redo it next summer. 

Inspired to give your own spot a revamp? Read on for Samuel’s tips for furnishing your dream space—even if you live in a city and your “backyard” is really a balcony

Think Beyond the Season

Her number-one tip: Get dual-purpose furniture that you’ll be able to use indoors come fall. “I love having extra side tables on hand when entertaining, and if they can be used inside and out they’re extra-versatile,” says Samuel, pointing to both the terrazzo and bongo end tables on her patio. 

Choose a Color Scheme With Contrast

“My favorite palettes usually involve an earthy hue like rust or ochre, complemented with a pastel, such as blush or lilac,” explains the designer. Go neutral with your investment furniture pieces, then accent the space with more saturated throw pillows or area rugs. 

Always Have Good Serveware On Hand

Good news: You don’t need a formal outdoor kitchen or a bar. Instead, according to Samuel, just pick up a few good serving trays. “They wrangle small items, create a beautifully layered presentation, and also make setup and cleanup much easier by helping you carry a heavier load of dishes,” she adds. 

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