2016 Summer Style Boards

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To me, creating style boards is the grown-up version of playing with paper dolls.  We can group various decor items into virtual collections to see how they work together.  Something not working?  Try a different item.  It’s all about having fun and finding inspiration, so welcome to my playhouse.

Or should I say welcome to my play garden.  Because these style boards are all about outdoor living.

I haven’t tried any of the items shown on my style boards, so I am not reviewing or endorsing them here.  They are merely collections of items that I think look dreamy together.  On these boards, bargain finds rub shoulders with luxury splurges, and you might be surprised at which is which.

So let’s get started.

Old-World Charm

Tea anyone?  Because I have a cottage-style garden, I gravitate to items with old-world charm, but I also try to keep the look fresh.  An unexpected color brings the wow factor to a traditional chair. The black table lends contrast.   Tall urns anchor a garden and add year-round interest.  Smaller decor items continue the old-world look without being overly fussy.

Garden decor style boards: Old-world charm
Old-world charm looks lovely in formal gardens, cottage gardens, and even some country gardens.

Clockwise from top:  Home Styles Floral Blossom Round Dining Table, 48-inch30” Appian Vessel, Cathedral White | Midnight Garden Candle Lantern | Melamine Handled Tray, Ocean | Fluted Milk Glass Vase | Bristol Outdoor Chair Mint/White

Urban Oasis

My alter ego often thinks it would be so wonderful to have only a small modern balcony to deal with.   Eclectic chairs in trendy colors catch the eye.   In the sleek-lined, neutral planters, plants steal the show without stealing too much space.  A small-scale table folds for easy storage.  A water hyacinth pendant light (approved for outdoor use under some form of cover) brings some natural texture. The robina wood bar cart doubles as a side table.  The mirrored surface of the hurricane lamp adds dimension.

Garden decor style boards: Urban Oasis

Clockwise from top:  Naturefun Foldable Garden Balcony Table | Water Hyacinth Ball Pendant | Geo Round PlantersFire Hurricane design by Norm Architects in antique copper | Riviera Outdoor Bar Cart, NaturalCoral Modern Outdoor Chair by ModernSit on Etsy

Modern Romance

This softer side of modern is versatile and works in many settings.  A lime green market umbrella adds interest to a restrained color palette.  The outdoor stool can serve as extra seating, a side table, or a plant stand.  Whimsical plates infuse fun, and the gold edges of the capiz candleholder are a nod to the current gold/brass trends in home decor.

Garden decor style boards: Modern Romance

Clockwise from top:  Market Umbrella in Lime Green | Tall White Capiz Handleholder | Amalfi Side Plate Set | Quilted Garden Stool | Keelan Outdoor Rug, Denim | Eucalyptus Outdoor Dining Table | Outdoor Cafe Bistro Chair Black/White 


My dream home is on a bluff overlooking a beach.  There my spouse and I sit for hours on a comfy bench in the garden, cozily wrapped in a blanket, a fire going in the fire pit, just watching the gulls fly overhead.  (And of course, since it’s a dream home, the gulls never poop on the furniture.)  In the evening, after a little star gazing, a beautiful brass oil lamp helps us find our way back to the house. Yeah, maybe some day.

Garden decor style boards: Seaside

Clockwise from top:  Adirondack Folding Side Table, WhiteNautical Lantern Brass Chiefs Oil Lamp | Eden Roc Medium Tray | Organic Turkish Peshtemal Fouta ThrowCrosley Hudson Basket Weave Firepit, Black | Outdoor Kingston Bench | Jabre Outdoor Pillow

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