6 Great Summer Outdoor Living Ideas

 

 Getting ready for summer and want to maximize your outdoor space, lounge appeal and style? Enjoy our curated selections of beautiful high design pieces for your deck, porch, seaside abode and backyard gatherings.

 

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A place of total perfection, love the different seating areas, clean yet warm and welcoming style. Beautifully conceived by Adam Christopher Design, UK, the artist’s site is absolutely worth checking out, the combination of sculpture, and industrial design is visually gorgeous! We love all of the designer’s concrete planters because they represent a contemporary expression of the tradition of true artistry in furniture and decorative arts.

 

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Adam Christopher’s Femkant Garden Planter, Corten Steel Effect

 

 

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Oscar Raised Planter, Sweetpea and Willow

 

1. A Required Investment -An Elegant Outdoor Dining Table for Parties

Goodbye old-fashioned splintery picnic tables, eating outside is natural luxury. We love adjustable tables, high quality and durable materials. Ease of storage is always a plus.

 

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Skagaarden Oxno Collection, Houseology

Nardi_Rio Air Lunch Table

 

The Nardi Open Air Lunch Table  is gorgeous…..and incrediably practical it can adjusted for size and stored easily but is also made of a super durable material, and if you have a beach house you know this is super important!

 

 

2. Add Gorgeous Outdoor Chairs + Sofas

 

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Minotti Modular Outdoor Fabric Sofa and Vincent Sheppard Leo Dining Chair, Lagoon

 

High Design is not only for your indoor dining room, chose something sturdy, durable and well designed.

This is definitely an investment worth making, however as a veteran beachside resident, I say put it away in the winter or during very intense storms. Also tie down your furniture during hurricane season!

 

3. Your Easy Outdoor Living Style Upgrade – Add a Bench

 

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La Granja, Ibiza, Summer 2017, Tine K Home

 

 

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No longer the stuff of public parks lovely benches are a perfect way to modernize your outdoor space, and provide extra easily converted seating. This fretwork embellished is actually a DIY project via HGTV.

 

 

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Elegant Retro Rattan Bench by PIB

 

4. Embellish with Beautiful Outdoor Modern Textiles

 

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We love the chilly nights by the sea, and think that Lenz & Leif has it right their color block style in merino wool, perfect for those who want to be cozy but love that modern look.

You don’t have to go designer or high-end for good-looking textiles, it’s pretty easy to make your own, you can try Spoonflower for fabulous fabrics, and the inserts are readily available at craft stores.

I am going to teach you how on the next blog!!!!

 

 

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Oliver Bonas

5. Try a Contemporary Hammock

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This is a little different from the rope hammock of my childhood…it’s basically a bed to watch stars from –check out the new Taj Hammock by Lujo Living as it seems just perfect for beachside living, I can totally imagine this on our upper deck, it gets windy every evening and this is a great way to look at the night sky! The stand is Kwila hardwood and aluminum, so it’s sturdy but beautiful. Made in New Zealand, it actually ships free!

 

 

6. You NEED an Outdoor Bed

 

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The Natural Curtain Company

 

 

 

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Canopy Daybed from Nest, Fabrics from The Natural Curtain Company + the Camas Balinesas de diseño Daybed Vela

 

Amazing, this is the last frontier of my wish list ……how luxury…now the mosquitos definitely would have eaten us alive at my grandparents’ lake house but this is perfect for beach ocean side living….There is not an ounce of doubt that I need either of these absolutely immediately…..

 

 

 

Pillow via Las Cositas de Beach, Anabelle James Enamel Tray, Vitra Vegetal Chairs, Nest UK and a concrete Bon Planter.

Best of Cute Baby Girl Bathingsuits

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Do you love the deliciousness that is a toddler in a bathing suit? For your cuteness needs for today! Naturally I love to see that handsome surfer taking a stroll along the beach, but one of my favorite sights is a baby in a swimming suit. Adorable!

 

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Check out these trending cuties, as well as a great pattern by Ruby Jean Clothing (below) and our fabric selections for the cutest of suits!

 

Tara Hedger, The Fabric Fairy, Sweetness via Spoonflower, and Pink Woodland Creatures by Lydia Meiying, Spoonflower

 

Four Fun Designs by Lydia Meiying, via Spoonflower

 

Lydia is a favorite designer of mine, and she has a great selection, we are in love with her Chinese wood cut fabrics, particularly popular for the inclusion of tigers as voted by our jury of toddlers and primary school fashionistas!

Cute swimsuit fabric can be hard to come by, depending on your skill level you need to get a pattern that will work for your suit, allover scattered is great for the novice. So far, the best places I have found are Spoonflower, you can order many of the artist designed fabric in a swimsuit appropriate material (sport lycra). However, Fabric Fairy has an entire section of swimsuit fabric so it’s easy to find, and lots of fun patterns as well.

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DIY How to Make a Suit Yourself!

The creative guru Delia has an amazing precise and easy to follow tutorial for a baby suit, great instructions and step by step photos! Please see the link Basic Baby Swim Suit Tutorial by Delia Creates.

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style: beach essentials + 5 great suits

 

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For a unexpected pop with pale or dark skin, wear red.

Add mint leaves to your amazing thermos, enjoy the feminine and sexy look of a Nanette Lepore swimsuit —kimono fabric style…

 

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Beach hairstyle…

 

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Sexy not dowdy…

 

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For the sporty type, or prepster, feminine, but simple

 

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love her yellow polish, remember always wear a hat for at least some of your day at the beach in order not to look 107 by next week and protect yourself from skin cancer

 

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Love these beautiful beach blankets and towels

 

 

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Full coverage with a boho flair….

 

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books…portable sanctuary…..

 

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add desi style bangles with this beautiful bright pattern sort of cover up -via mara hofmann