It’s time to refresh your summer outdoor decor or bring the outside indoors with key pieces to set the stage for hosting parties this season. Maybe you’re working on a long overdue major patio redesign or perhaps you just want to introduce a Pinterest-worthy vacation vibe to your home before inviting friends and neighbors over for a barbecue. No matter the size of your summer project, check out our list of summer decorating and entertaining ideas from our boutiques:
Pottery Barn Outdoor
SOUTH COAST PLAZA
THE SUMMER FURNITURE & DECOR EDIT
USE NEUTRALS AND NATURAL MATERIALS LIKE A BOSS
Whoever said neutrals are boring doesn’t understand their quiet power. Fewer design elements evoke calm and serenity than a palette borrowed from sandy beaches, whites with gray or cream undertones, a range of nature-inspired browns – from pale to rich, and touches of black. For those who like their outdoor accent pieces bright and lively, neutrals are the perfect foil, enabling strong hues to take center stage.
While you’re considering neutrals, go for furnishings made of rattan, seagrass, jute and other natural woven materials. They add softness to a modern or traditional room and can channel a resort look.
ADD SCULPTURAL VESSELS AND PLANTERS AND MAKE THEM COME ALIVE WITH PLANTS
Make that vase, pot or planter work hard. If you favor modern décor, the Nest Outdoor Planters can be home to a small herb and vegetable collection. Finishes on a pot or a vase that mimic that passage of time and lend a patina, like those on the Artisan Vase Collection at Pottery Barn, can take the edge off a space that might otherwise look cold. Add one or more strategically arranged stems with preserved leaves or flowers to a vase or place a vine inside a pot to make vessels look dramatic on a console or shelf.
MAKE ENTERTAINING OUTSIDE EASY WITH WORRY-FREE PLATES AND GLASSES
Shatterproof plates and glasses aren’t just for kids now that technology in melamine and polycarbonate has advanced to realistically resemble stoneware and glasses. Sometimes, you can’t tell the difference at first glance until you touch them. Even better, the new iterations of wine glasses and tumblers promise not to cloud or discolor after many uses.
FIRE UP THAT GRILL AND SMOKER
Those who say grilling is an art – and they might be right. Fortunately, there are plenty of gadgets for the hardcore barbecue enthusiast and smoker master and also tools for those who want just the basics from our home and appliance stores.