Decorating & Entertaining Ideas

Summer Escapes at Home

Escape to…the French Countryside
Escape to…the French Countryside

A simple metal folding table and chairs perfectly channel the charm of a petite retreat in Provence and can squeeze into even the smallest of outdoor spaces. Key extras for completing the look include unfussy table linens such as tea-towel napkins, a few classic terra-cotta pots, and a healthy dose of effortlessness elegance (think flowers arranged in a pitcher rather than a vase).

 

Helpful Hint: To seat four comfortably, look for a small round table that measures at least 36 inches in diameter.

Photo by Simon Upton, Courtesy of The Interior Archive

Escape to...a Moroccan Oasis
Escape to...a Moroccan Oasis

Build your very own desert paradise by embracing vivid accent colors, particularly hot pinks and cerulean blues, and eschewing convention. Replace chairs with oversize poufs and forgo upright dining for low-slung lounging. This look is all about lushness, so plant away and maybe even go easy on trimming greenery back.

 

Helpful Hint: Consider adding mosquito-repelling plants to your outdoor space for a natural way to keep the bugs away.

Photo by Simon Upton, Courtesy of The Interior Archive

Escape to...the Amalfi Coast
Escape to...the Amalfi Coast

Breezy blues and classic cabana stripes set the scene for your very own seaside escape, where summer means living la dolce vita entirely outside. Wicker is a great choice for furniture with the functionality of your indoor living room pieces but not the heft. Mix it up with a coat of turquoise paint to not only channel the ocean but also keep the overall vibe light and fun.

 

Helpful Hint: If you decide to paint your outdoor wicker yourself, always use oil-based primer and paint, plus a natural-bristle brush for best results.

Photo by Simon Upton, Courtesy of The Interior Archive

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