One of the simplest pleasures many of us know is relaxing on our back porch or deck. Taking inspiration from the front façade of the Faux-Sho house, this covered back deck would be the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or to hold a gathering of family and friends. By giving just as much attention to our available outdoor spaces, we create natural, seamless transitions between interior and exterior spaces and maximize the opportunity to enjoy our entire house.
Nothing is more luxurious than a carpet underfoot when you are outside and this large, jute outdoor rug from Surya is perfect! It will encourage everyone to take off their shoes and curl up on the couch. The teak sectional from Ethimo could be mistaken for vintage mid-century modern but it is actually brand new. The sectional is made of modular pieces that can be configured into practically any arrangement you choose. As a designer with a big family and who likes to entertain, I like having the option to go large! Cushions can be custom made with any fabric; we chose Sunbrella Contract for Robert Allen, St Tropez fabric in Rain for the cushions and Sunbrella for Robert Allen, Palmwood fabric in Birch for the pillows For a pop of color, I love these Fermob loungers. The classic burnt orange color pairs nicely with blues, greens, and all of the warmer tones. The understated teak side tables from Brookfarm General Store would look fantastic positioned between the lively chairs and flanking the couches. The side tables are subtle, but, like much subtle, well-constructed furniture, they are stunningly simple and elegant.
Adding more coziness to the outdoor room, this modern, cutting-edge fire pit will become the center and soul of the space. I love this piece for it’s clean lines and modern styling as much as for its versatility. Fire pits are sometimes impractical and the fact that this piece has the option to be converted into a coffee table with a simple, stainless steel, flush mount top seems like the perfect solution. It is sort of the best of both worlds.
While we are outdoors, lighting is still key! This great chandelier, available through BHD, would look magnificent paired with the fire pit and would provide great illumination for the space. On the exterior walls of the house, I would use understated sconces like these simple two-way fixtures available through BHD. All the lights would be on dimmers for adjusting the levels throughout the night. Dimmable outdoor chandeliers and sconces – yes please!
Last but not least, I would furnish the room with accessories. This being an outdoor space—I would be thrilled to decorate using these gorgeous planters, unexpected candle holders and glowing lanterns. The cube planters from VONDOM come in different sizes and would look great in clusters of threes, planted with herbs, lavender, or even native grasses. The lux hand blown, leather handled lantern from Casimidy would add just the right amount of polish to the otherwise minimalist space. Finally, the OXO Candela Luau would be the finishing touch needed to complete the space. How handy would it be to have glowing lanterns on hand when your struck with the sense of adventure to explore your yard as the sun begins to set?
Hope this has captured your imagination and given you some ideas to transform your own outdoor space! Next week, we will give the final installment to our Faux-Sho house with Beth’s post on kid friendly family spaces!