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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.

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


Our Favorite Trends From the Pottery Barn Summer Preview

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Ah . . . summer’s finally here! Okay, that’s just wishful thinking, but the good news is that the Pottery Barn summer preview is finally here. Check out some of our favorite trends from this sneak peek at the summer collection.



Creating a successful room design isn’t just about color or balance — it’s also about texture. That’s why these rope-embellished pieces are such major favorites of ours. From top left, clockwise: The Seaglass Rope Bottle Stopper, the Abaca Woven Pendant Lamp, our Beachcomber Rope Pillar Candles and the Rope Knot Table Lamp.



Summer is seemingly synonymous with sea creatures, so it’s no surprise that fish, whales, lobsters, starfish and other ocean life is making its way into our textiles, tabletop and pillow designs. From top left, clockwise: the Octopus Serving Pedestal, the Seahorse Drink Dispenser Stand, the Pesce Melamine Appetizer Plate Set and the Atlantic Duvet Cover and Sham.



Another trend we are absolutely adoring is the lovely selection of striped textiles in the summer collection. From top left, clockwise: the Hermosa Stripe Napkin Set, the Hermosa Stripe Yarn Indoor/Outdoor Rug, the Hermosa Stripe Outdoor Pillow and the Hermosa Stripe Table Runner.

Do you have a favorite summer decorating trend? Shop our entire summer preview and prep for the upcoming season. No matter how much snow may be outside your window right now, we promise that the warmer seasons will arrive sooner than you think!