Design Ideas: Unique Outdoor Spaces

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Many of us entertain more in the summer than we do any other time of year. Here’s how to make a statement.

1. Don’t settle for a simple patio dining set. Make sure you create a lounge area too where it is comfortable to spend hours hanging out with family and friends.

2. Nothing speaks summer louder than a little bit of a bohemian vibe. The best way to accomplish that is by mixing it up with a few well chosen patterns and textiles. In this case we used pillows from our new textile line!

DSC_0043 3. Don’t forget to add some potted plants for charm. Garden stools add interest, and bring smaller pots up to eye level so that you can enjoy them more.

4. Skip matching sets of furniture. I like to combine different furniture styles for a more interesting look. Find outdoor tables that come without chairs, and add some Paris cafe-style bistro chairs. And metal farmhouse chairs? They look good with everything.

IMG_2241.JPG5. Consider your exterior architecture. The color of your siding, the materials used in your patio and deck, and the types of plants you have should all guide the selection of furniture and accents.

DSC_10436. Outdoor dinnerware can look generic. Go ahead and bring the good dishes out on the patio. My Wedgwood dishes actually look best on my outdoor table, and I always use cloth napkins and real glasses too.

All design done by Uma Stewart Interiors & Lifestyle, your go to resource for NJ interior design!