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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.
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.
Clockwise from top: Home Styles Floral Blossom Round Dining Table, 48-inch | 30” Appian Vessel, Cathedral White | Midnight Garden Candle Lantern | Melamine Handled Tray, Ocean | Fluted Milk Glass Vase | Bristol Outdoor Chair Mint/White
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.
Clockwise from top: Naturefun Foldable Garden Balcony Table | Water Hyacinth Ball Pendant | Geo Round Planters | Fire Hurricane design by Norm Architects in antique copper | Riviera Outdoor Bar Cart, Natural | Coral Modern Outdoor Chair by ModernSit on Etsy
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.
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.
Clockwise from top: Adirondack Folding Side Table, White | Nautical Lantern Brass Chiefs Oil Lamp | Eden Roc Medium Tray | Organic Turkish Peshtemal Fouta Throw | Crosley Hudson Basket Weave Firepit, Black | Outdoor Kingston Bench | Jabre Outdoor Pillow
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