Published on December 2, 2020

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If you’re going to socialize this winter, doing it outside (and wearing a mask) continues to be the safest way. So with a make-lemons-out-of-lemonade spirit, we’re ready to embrace our inner Parisian (they happily bundle up and sit en plein air at cafés year-round) and give our outdoor spaces cozy makeovers rather than stay inside all season. Whether you have an expansive patio or tiny fire escape to work with, let these winterized outdoor spaces inspire you—a few key accessories might be all you need. Plus we’ve rounded up the goods to help you pull it off. Spoiler alert: You’re going to want a few sheepskin throws. 

The Minimalist

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If your design style leans Scandi and an open flame sounds extra-hygge, consider this simple and chic look. Pared-down seating—in this case a few metal dining chairs positioned in a circle—becomes ultra-cozy when layered with sheepskin throws. Add a modern firepit and some wool blankets to wrap up in, and all that’s missing is your favorite warm beverage. 

The Bohemian

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Rattan, textiles on top of textiles, candles everywhere, plus some more rattan—this is how you pull off a sophisticated boho aesthetic. To give the look extra warmth, hang up string lights—and don’t be shy when it comes to layering. From rugs to throw pillows to blankets (all in a neutral palette), the more the better—especially as temperatures begin to dip. 

The Traditionalist

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Photography by Sara Tramp-Ligorria; Design by Emily Henderson Design.

If you have the square footage, creating a space outside that truly feels like a living room is a real luxury. The key to pulling this off is a seriously comfy sofa that’s also suited for the elements, like this wicker style. Pile on the throw pillows to give the space an extra-homey vibe, then ground the area with a classic chunky-knit outdoor rug (that feels more like an indoor rug) for cozy points. The finishing touch: lanterns filled with warming pillar candles. 

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