Hit The Deck

by Melanie, June 25, 2014

Summer is here and everybody is heading outside to party.  We love the outdoor party (as you may recall from posts over the years) and we are currently working on several outdoor rooms for clients.  The goal is to bring the comforts of the indoors out, like some of these beautiful spaces…

Elle Decor
Elle Decor
Galanga Living
Elle Decor
But a lot of us — ok most of us — don’t have fabulous, architecturally interesting outdoor spaces in exotic locations.  Not to worry.  You can still create a great outdoor room even if all you have is an open deck or balcony off your living room.  The trick is to treat it just like a room inside your house, layering on products and materials that can withstand the outdoor environment but are still comfortable and good looking.  Luckily, there are a lot of options out there:
Start with a fun and durable rug….
Cleo Cement Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Dash & Albert
Lucy Moss Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Dash & Albert
Diamond Graphite/Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Dash & Albert
Mali Indigo Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Dash & Albert
Lay on some comfortable and weather-resistant seating…
Rutherford Sofa
Restoration Hardware
SoHo Settee Love Seat
Lloyd Flanders
Aqua Sofa
Summer Classics
Montecito Daybed
Restoration Hardware
Bryant Sofa
Room and Board 
Invisible Wing Back Chair
Black Rooster Decor
Gloster Bella Chair
via Apartment Therapy
Huron Small Lounge Chair
West Elm
Chevron Riviera Arm Chair
Serena & Lily
Ditzel Rattan Chair
Sika Design
Tobago Hi-Back Lounge Chair
Lloyd Flanders
Monet Rattan Easy Chair
Sika Design

Add a place to rest your drink (or your feet).
Outdoor Beverage Table
Gehry Cube
Room & Board
DIY Planter Cocktail Table
Today’s Nest
Criss Knit Orange Pod
If you have the space for it, a buffet or bar cart is great for serving and storage.
Aviano Buffet
Chesapeake Buffet
Pottery Barn
Formosa White Tray Table

Add a few finishing touches…
Okun Clover Outdoor Throw Pillow
DENY Designs
Maldonado Triangle Dip Lime Outdoor Throw Pillow
DENY Designs
Geronimo Studio Blue Drips Outdoor Throw Pillow
DENY Designs
Johnson Summer Shades Outdoor Throw Pillow
DENY Designs
Tehmina Decorative Pillow
John Robshaw Textiles

Dhawan Rain 6 Outdoor Throw Pillow
DENY Designs

Bander Multi Stripe Outdoor Pillow

Outdoor lighting and fans are great for covered porches or loggia…

House Beautiful
…but on an open deck or patio you need other tricks to draw the eye up in your “room.”  Consider a living wall, tall planters with foliage that add sculptural elements, or even actual sculptures (or bird baths)…
Bright Green USA
Crate & Barrel
House Beautiful
House Beautiful

So go ahead and spend part of your summer building a great outdoor room.  Your whole family will enjoy the opportunity to slow down, relax and take a breath of fresh air.

Do it!

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