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Get the Look: Beach Club Chic

As summer winds to an end, we're still dreaming about far off beaches, afternoons whiled away under the sun, cool drink in hand and the rustle of palm fronds overhead. They really do beach clubs right in the Mediterranean — nailing that laid-back, yet effortlessly cool look. One beach club that hits all the marks, design-wise: Scorpios Mykonos in Greece.

Images: Scorpios Mykonos

Perched on a sandy spit of land on the island's south coast, the beach club may be know for it's parties, but we're here for the stylish interiors and swoon-worthy exterior design. Come, take a look at this jewel of the Mediterranean and take away a few ideas of how to bring a chic, beach club style back home.

Golden Deco Lumbar Pillow / Golden Deco Pillow / Smoke Deco Lumbar PIllow

Use throw pillows to establish a theme. These Deco Outdoor Pillows are covered in a luxuriously soft, but extremely resilient fabric. They're resistant to fading even under intense summer sun and water and stain resistant.

Sweep Rattan Basket Square / Sweep Rattan Basket Round

Layer on texture with baskets. We say, the more the better. Plus, they're a handy place to stash towels, throw blankets, and other accessories when not in use.

Allux Stackable Lounger in Taupe Sand / Allux Double Lounger in Taupe Sand

Invest in good-looking sun loungers. We love the minimalist European design of the Allux Loungers that effortlessly blend natural and industrial materials for a contemporary look. Designed in Belgium, the loungers are made of an powder coated aluminum base, covered in a light, breathable Batyline fabric that keeps you cool.

Amaze Lounge Chair / Amaze Sofa

Pick a seat. The Danish-designed Amaze Chair and Sofa are crafted out of teak, which means they'll last for years outdoors. The elegant models were designed to fit the contours of your body, which suggests you may not want to get up once you sit down to an meal under the stars.

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Layered Neutrals

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.

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How to Light Your Landscape Like a Pro

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?

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Boho Modern: Shady Business

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.)

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Boho Modern Front Entrance Courtyard

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.

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