GIVE ME COMFORT, TAKE ME AWAY!
It’s safe to say that summer weather is long overdue this year. I’ve never been a particularly outdoorsy type, but this year I’m anticipating summer so that I can enjoy another aspect of being at home — my terraces, which, come summer, become extensions of my living space.
As with any room, decorating your outdoor space should reflect both your style and how you want to use the space, whether it be for lounging or dining.
And, of course, there are summer trends and styles to consider. I love this summer’s two biggest influences on outdoor décor trends: decorating outside as you would indoors, and themed travel-inspired decor. Here’s what to look for and how to use these trends to create your own summertime oasis.
TAKE ME AWAY
Travel plans might have shrunk to local trips this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace getaway dreams right in your own backyard.
Look for outdoor accessories to create the feeling of your favourite getaway destination, whether it be dining alfresco in Italy (look for high quality indoor/outdoor melamine dishes with Capri tile and lemon motifs starting from $7 at Bed, Bath & Beyond), drinks in Morocco (check out the beautiful terrazzo planters at CB2) or High Tea in London (shop for ice-brew teas from Davidstea to keep cool and stay hydrated while on the patio).
All of these; plus themed rugs hurricane lanterns and place mats are easy ways to dress up the terrace and evoke some style memories. Select items with a particular theme in mind or choose accessories in one colour (think turquoise for the Greek isles or lavender for Provence) to evoke memories of your favourite summer destination.
Over the past few months, the sofa, whether it’s our home base for lounging with family or lying down to read and relax, has never been more of a destination. Why not enjoy the same level of comfort outdoors as we do inside our homes?
Many furniture retailers are offering up outdoor upholstered furnishings inspired by the look of on-trend oversize indoor sofas. New from Montauk Sofa is their outdoor collection that looks as comfy and grand as the indoor beauties they’re known for.
The giant custom Lewis Outdoor sofa, starting at $9,000, is a showstopper for large outdoor spaces, while Urban Barn’s ready-made Cabana Chair and Ottoman, for under $500, suits any budget.
Both offer ultra-comfort in the great outdoors and would look at
home in the chic-est interiors. Want to up the look and comfort level of your existing outdoor patio furniture? Consider a new slipcover made from outdoor decorator fabrics and wrap your existing cushions with thicker foam for extra sink-into depth.
Dining under the influence of Italy; beautiful and durable melamine dished help turn your terrace into an Italian destination getaway. Capri Tile Melamine Dinnerware Collection, from $7, Bedbathandbeyond.ca