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5 Simple Tips For Styling a Summer Outdoor Space

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Whether you’re decorating a sprawling lakeside lawn or a petite metropolitan patio, there are plenty of simple tips for styling your outdoor space for summer. Keep reading to see what we think you should add to your outdoor decorating scheme this summer.

Define your entertaining space with an outdoor rugChoose an outdoor rug that complements your sense of style as well as your chosen color palette. By using it as the base for a dining set or outdoor sectional, you define the outdoor space in which it’s being used and create more of a room-like atmosphere on your deck, porch or lawn.

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Create a sanctuary with outdoor curtainsFeel the need for privacy? Outdoor curtains can create a special oasis anywhere, from a patio to the end of a pier — it’s up to you to decide how to use them. Crafted from weather-resistant, easy-care polyester canvas, they’ll stand up to the elements. We also love that they’re a great way to protect yourself and your guests from  the glare of midday sun.

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Set the stage for nighttime entertaining with handsome lanterns. Cluster lanterns in various sizes around your entertaining spot of choice to create a gathering spot for guests that will be irresistible. Get creative: tie some lanterns from trees or from an umbrella — as seen below — to offer even more variety to your lighting.

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Add pop with outdoor pillows. You can’t go wrong with a neutral upholstery on an outdoor sectional, especially when that upholstery is highlighted with outdoor pillows that offer brilliant colors and seasonal pattern. Beautiful summer blooms, as seen here, are a surefire hit, as are our new line of sea-life outdoor pillows.

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And finally, remember that even the  littlest of touches can make a huge impression. By adding a few well-chosen seasonal decorating elements, such as our Whale Cocktail Shaker or some of our great melamine tabletop pieces, you can make a major impression when entertaining guests outdoors.

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Do you have a favorite tip for styling a summer outdoor space? Leave your favorite ideas in the comments!