A look we're loving in outdoor spaces right now is a pared down palette of neutral tones. Think: crisp white linen paired with earthy jute and creamy upholstery. It feels beachy and summer-ready and all of the colors effortlessly play well together. Take a look at our top picks for furniture, outdoor rugs, and outdoor accessories to bring the look home.
Live Outside Stories
Nobody wants to get in a pool and come face to face with a dead iguana. It kills the party vibe when you have to turn on a floodlight to see what's on the the barbecue or tell if your steak is medium-rare. Even something as simple as making sure your house number is properly lit can have a big impact on quality of life. I mean, what if UberEATS can’t find you?
There’s one requirement for outdoor spaces in Arizona: shade. When we took on this remodel and renovation project for a client (which included all spaces, indoors and out, pool included) adding shade was at the top of my list.
Yeah, if someone wants to pretend to “be outdoorsy,” the back of their house can drop off into a fire pit with no sun protection. Otherwise, it’s rare that I won’t immediately recommend bumping out a back porch so it’s at least 15-20 feet deep.
Here’s this one after getting its extensions but before the dye job. (And the pool before botox. Read more about it here.)
I drove up to this midcentury modern house and thought about turning right around. In part, because the driveway/parking area literally ended right at the front door.
As I’ve shouted about before, I don’t like having a driveway straight into the pool. So I REALLY don’t like it when visitors can bulldoze their way right to the front door without pause.
Where I come from, pavers are used for driveways.
So when I walked into the backyard of my prospective client’s midcentury modern house and saw the murky old pool surrounded by chunky old bricks, I might have immediately turned to my client and said, “THOSE HAVE GOT TO GO.”
I also might have said, “You have a DRIVEWAY going into your POOL.” (And by “might,” I mean, I did say that.)