Best Indoor / Outdoor Picks for Summer

My favorite part about summer is the warm weather that allows for perfect evening barbecues.  To me, there’s nothing better than firing up the grill and having a nice cold drink with your friends and family.  

Since we love to spend so much time outside enjoying the warmth, it’s important that our backyard feels just as comfortable as our living room.  Luckily, there are so many different products that are great for both indoor and outdoor use.  This is perfect for when you need to grab extra chairs and cushions from inside to accommodate extra guests!

 

I love the playfulness of this hanging rattan chair.  We got to test a few out last year at the Design Market, and were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were!

Serena & Lily

 

Serena & Lily

 

If you don’t have the right space for a hanging rattan chair, consider one like this to achieve that same beachy, laid back vibe.

World Market

 

Living on Cape Cod, we are admittedly a little Lilly Pulitzer obsessed.  So, when we heard about their collaboration with Pottery Barn, we knew it would be a dream come true.

Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn

 

Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn

 

Probably the indoor/outdoor product that we use most frequently is an easy-care rug.  Of course you need the outdoor rating if you will be using them outside, but they are a great option for homes with pets and children because of their low maintenance and incredible durability.

Surya

 

These same fabrics can be used to cover furniture like ottomans, too!

World Market

 

Garden stools come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns.  These are such a great way to add a funky pop to your decor!

Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie

 

We feel like no patio is truly complete without a drink station.  And a tropical-style rolling bar cart?  We’re sold.

Anthropologie

 

Our go-to placemats and table runners are perfect for your table inside or out.  Life is too short to worry about food stains on your table linens, so we love these products for their stress-free maintenance!

Chilewich

Chilewich

 

Williams Sonoma

 

We do love to have a set of outdoor drink ware in our cabinets that might be a bit more festive than your every day glasses.  How fun are these?!

Crate & Barrel

 

 

What products are your go-to for indoor/outdoor decor?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Happy BBQ-ing!

 

Bringing The Bistro to You!

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

This week is me and my husband’s first wedding anniversary, and I wanted to surprise him with a new bistro set for our patio to enjoy our Sunday “wine & cheese night” rituals outside.  As I was searching for the perfect one for our home, I found so many fun, vibrant bistro sets, that it was hard to choose only one!

For my home, I chose a classic, vintage, Parisian style set that I found at a local antique shop here in San Diego.  While browsing through my favorite brands online, as well as the beautiful antiques down the street, I was loving all of the different styles, colors, and materials that are out there.  Bistro sets are really just the perfect pieces to have to go a little out of your comfort zone, and add some real pop and pizazz to your patio!  I hope some of these favorites will inspire you just like they did for me!

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Horchow

Horchow

 

 

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

Mercury Row via Wayfair

Mercury Row via Wayfair

 

 

How would you decorate your bistro set once you found one you loved?  Would you leave it bare, add some cushions, or maybe a vase on the table?

Funky Front Porches

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

With all of the gorgeous summer nights we get to experience here in San Diego, I’ve been thinking about redesigning my front porch to be able to enjoy each sunset from the comfort of my own home.  There are so many ways to design a beautiful and functional porch regardless of how large or small your area may be.  Do you prefer to lounge out front in a rustic Adirondack chair?  Or perhaps cozy up to a nest or hammock?  There are so many options to choose from that can work in even the smallest of porches!

 

My husband and I live right by the beach, and love to spend our evenings outside grilling and enjoying the evenings from our porch.  Having a smaller area to work with, we’ve been looking for the perfect little bistro set to have a drink and some munchies on without using up too much space!

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

 

These hanging nests are so fun and look just absolutely cozy!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

If you’re looking for something more traditional, you can never go wrong with paired rockers.  Brighten it up and add some personal style for each season with fun pillows like these!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

When I see nests as comfortable-looking as this, I just want to curl up with a good book for hours, don’t you?

West Elm

West Elm

 

Personally, I’m a huge fan of whites and neutrals in the home, and I especially love the fresh, bright look it gives this porch.  I love the way they incorporated a little pop of color with that gorgeous turquoise bench!

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

Always a favorite, Kouboo knows how to add some serious style to a porch!  If you prefer to lounge in the backyard, try making a bold statement with tropical plants out front!

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

I love this idea for a family beach house.  Although they are the same style rocker, the differing colors add a fun edge- not to mention that each person can pick their own color.

Grandin Road

Grandin Road

 

If you like the hanging nest, add a little uniqueness with a design like this seahorse or a hanging bench with funky throw pillows!

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Hayneedle

Hayneedle

 

 

Which style front porch do you like best?  We always love to see your pictures!

Our Favorite Summer Whites

There’s nothing lighter and airier than a breezy white curtain blowing in a summer wind.  But why only bring out the whites between Memorial Day and Labor Day?  For a fresh look 12 months a year, add a soft summer white and keep a little summer in your home year round.

I love the whitewashed woods mixed with the creamy neutrals.  The Kouboo Chandelier just completes the room.

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

Stash some white accessories around…they go with everything!

Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia

 

Nothing beats white curtains on a white wall for a fresh “summer” feel.

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

And crisp white bedding is a practical and pretty solution for what to put on the bed.

Matouk

Matouk

 

A white sofa and table don’t have to be monochromatic.  Change it up with colorful pillows and accessories, and you have a room that can change along with your mood.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

White outside on cushions?  Absolutely!  Make sure they’re washable and you’ll have them for many seasons.

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

White slipcovers also are a great, practical solution – just make sure they can be easily cleaned and you’re ready to go.

 

Kathy Kuo Home

Kathy Kuo Home

 

What’s your take on white all year long?  Do you have a favorite room to use this crisp, clean look in?

 

Pretty Porches

The temperature hit 80 degrees in Boston yesterday!  The first time since last October!   The warm weather makes me want to spend all my free time outside.  Unfortunately, the past winter did a job to my porch, requiring a fresh coat of paint, some new cushions for the furniture, and an overall sprucing up.  Here are some ideas to freshen up your porch.  Get started now, and you’ll be out there sipping sangria by June!

 

White rockers are one of my favorite porch pieces.  Even if I’m not sitting there, just looking at them makes me relax.  Navy and white are such a great combination.  I love this navy door!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

More navy and white!  Think about slipcovers for your furniture – use a white indoor/outdoor fabric and then throw them in the laundry (with bleach!) and they’ll look fresh for many summers!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

If you have the room, think about arranging your furniture in a circle with a nice big round coffee table (perhaps one with a fire pit in the middle).  Such a great place to sit with friends on a summer night!

HGTV

HGTV

 

Maybe it’s a bit of nostalgia, but I love porch swings.  These are nice and deep to cozy up with a good book, or to relax and take a well deserved nap!

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

 

For those of you in Southern California and in the warm South, I’m envious of your year-round ability to sit outdoors.  An outdoor fireplace is perfect for when the nights start to get a little chilly!

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

 

Natural fibers are a great option for porch furniture.  I love the casual elegance of a wicker, seagrass, or rattan chair.

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

 

Who says chairs have to match??  A porch is a perfect opportunity to break out of your matchy-matchy decorating traditions!

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

 

And, of course, a sofa or sectional to stretch out and relax on is a luxury you owe yourself!  Whatever your porch space, large or small, screened or open, make it a special place to go and enjoy the beautiful days ahead!!

West Elm

West Elm

 

What will your porch look like this Summer?

 

Puppy’s Perfect Patio

In our last blog post, we showed you how to update your outdoor décor for this summer.  Now it’s time to bring your dog outside with you!  Let your dog cool off in the pool or lounge in the shade while you enjoy a beautiful summer day!

 

Dog Bath with Deck, Charles & Hudson

Dog Bath with Deck, Charles & Hudson

Portable & Inflatable Dog Bathing Station, Maze Pets

Portable & Inflatable Dog Bathing Station, Maze Pets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANY dog owners cringe when you mention bath time for their pups.  We know firsthand how tough (and messy) it can be trying to fit a German Shepherd in a bathtub for bath time, so take advantage of these warmer days, and take your pup OUTSIDE for his bath this summer.  If your dog is easily spooked by a hose, try the dog bath from Charles & Hudson.

For larger dogs (who may need more of a heavy-duty cleaning!) the inflatable dog wash is a perfect choice.  Not only is it perfect for storage, but it will help prevent your yard from turning into one big mud pit after a bath!

 

 

 

Kai Dog Bed Pool Float, Pottery Barn

Kai Dog Bed Pool Float, Pottery Barn

If you have a pool, chances are it’s probably hard to keep your dog out of the water during summer.  Why should you?  Give your pooch a float to lounge on while staying nice and cool at the same time!

 

 

 

Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounger, Sharper Image

Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounger, Sharper Image

Instead of watching your little ones curl up under the tree for shade, let them hang out next to you in this chaise lounge to stay out of the sun.  The design will look great on your patio, and your dogs will thank you for a cozy place to cool off!

 

 

 

Adirondack Outdoor Bridgeport Tiffany Blue Pet Bed, Sweeten Your World

Adirondack Outdoor Bridgeport Tiffany Blue Pet Bed, Sweeten Your World

Ok, does this Adirondack chair come in human size?!  Add a machine washable cushion for your pup to rest her head on, and this chair is fit for a queen!  This would be perfect for shadier patios or cooler days!

 

 

 

Dogit Design Alfresco Outdoor Pet Drinking Fountain, Hagen

Dogit Design Alfresco Outdoor Pet Drinking Fountain, Hagen

The one thing EVERY pet-friendly patio needs is a constant supply of fresh water to keep your dog hydrated.  This outdoor pet drinking fountain by Hagen is a stylish (and practical) alternative to the ever-filthy patio dog bowl.  The fountain will keep your water always fresh and always flowing, perfect for hot days and muddy backyards!

 

 

 

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From our family to yours, we hope to make YOUR summer the best that it can be, furry family members included!

 

Have any pet-friendly tips of your own?  Share them with us!

Bring it OUTSIDE!

Spring has sprung, and with warmer weather heading our way, it’s time to bring your furniture outside!  Whether you’ve got a large patio or working with a smaller space, we’ve found something just for you!

 

Build Your Own - Hampstead Painted Sectional Components, Pottery Barn

Build Your Own – Hampstead Painted Sectional Components, Pottery Barn

Although I LOVE the pop of turquoise they’ve chosen for the pillows and cushion, the best part about this sectional is definitely that it’s a “build your own”.  This feature allows you to customize it to fit your space, so it will be perfect on any patio!

 

Groundworks Ventana Solarium, Lee Jofa

Lee Jofa

If you already have your furniture set, you may be in need of some fresh fabric this season.  Our choice is the Groundworks Ventana Solarium line by Lee Jofa-  it is perfect for both indoor and outdoor, with beautiful tones that will pair nicely with any furniture you already have!

 

Mosaic Tiled Coffee Table, West Elm

Mosaic Tiled Coffee Table, West Elm

My first choice for an outdoor table is almost always mosaic tile.  These hold up beautifully in any condition, and are true works of art for your patio!

 

Rattan Indoor-Outdoor Chair and Ottoman Set, Garnett Hill

Rattan Indoor-Outdoor Chair and Ottoman Set, Garnet Hill

Rattan is another great choice for outdoor furniture as it really brings that beachy element in to your home.  You can use it indoors or out, or even add cushions to make it more cozy!  Pair this white rattan chair with a beautiful handpainted garden stool or use it as a small end table!

Handpainted Garden Stool, Fine Garden Products

Handpainted Garden Stool, Fine Garden Products

 

 

Bird Bistro Set of Two, Grandin Road

Bird Bistro Set of Two, Grandin Road

If your patio is suited better for two, a little bistro set is the best choice for you.  You don’t have to sacrifice gorgeous patio furniture for a smaller space, especially not with a fun, vibrantly colored piece like this one!

 

Fiesta Stripes Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Cerulean, Lulu and Georgia

Fiesta Stripes Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Cerulean, Lulu and Georgia

If you are looking for an easy way to bring the tropics to your house, look no further than this cerulean indoor/outdoor rug!  Use it like they have done here with some lounge chairs, or put it next to your “build your own” sectional to amp up your color palette!

 

Hanging Rattan Chair, Serena & Lily

Hanging Rattan Chair, Serena & Lily

Cacoon Double, Dedon

Cacoon Double, Loopee Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nestrest, Dedon

Nestrest, Dedon

What outdoor furniture could you possibly find that is cooler than these hanging nests?  If you are looking for something for one, the hanging rattan chair by Serena & Lily would be perfect for your front deck where you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine in the evening.  For shady daytime lounging, the cacoon will keep you out of the sun, and certainly comfy as can be!  My favorite choice, though, would be these awesome nestrests by Dedon.  Not only are they SO much fun to have in your backyard, but they seem REALLY comfortable, too!

 

Concho Garden Planter, Anthropologie

Concho Garden Planter, Anthropologie

Arabesque Lantern, Kouboo

Arabesque Lantern, Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, add some summertime décor to your pool or patio with the Concho garden planter by Anthropologie and Arabesque Lantern by Kouboo.  As always, we LOVE that this terra cotta lantern is formed and carved by hand!

 

 

 

Send us YOUR outdoor inspirations this year!!

Susan Hayward Interiors