If the 100 degree temperatures and sweltering humidity weren't enough to excite you that summer is in full swing, the summer barbecues and pool parties may just be the ticket! Summertime means more time outdoors and there's no reason why you can't extend your indoor style right into your backyard!
Here are some ways to be the hostess with the prettiest backyard:
Making an entrance: Rugs add the perfect touch to an outdoor space---whether you want to use it in an entry/exit area or under your patio or lounge furniture, weather-resistant rugs can pull the look together. I like the Sahara Frame Indoor-Outdoor Rug from Crate & Barrel.
Serve it Up: Summer's no time to resort to paper plates. Plastic has come a long way and there are so many beautiful, summery designs to choose from! I love these Martha Stewart ice cream bowls and these Jonathan Adler plates, bowls and cups (all from Macy's)
A Soft Touch: Patio furniture doesn't have to give you back pain! Give your guests the comfort of a living room sofa by adding pretty pillows to your outdoor chairs. This yellow and white print Meridian Marimekko Madison Indoor-Outdoor Pillow from Crate & Barrel is a lovely choice for summer.
Refreshingly Pretty: Sure, it's easy to have a cooler full of drinks, but for a stylish alternative, try a Trio Beverage Dispenser, like this one from Z Gallerie. Add you own fruits for a festive and pretty look. You'll never want to leave plastic soda bottles on the table again.
Cabana Fever: If you really want to splurge, make your backyard feel more like a luxury hotel pool area with a pretty cabana. I love Z Gallerie's Venezia Pavilion---its bold black and white stripes are sure to make a statement!
Let there be light: There's nothing more pretty (and romantic!) than candle light on a summer evening. I love to use lanterns to contain candles outdoors. My favorites are from Pottery Barn. I especially love the Bristol Lantern and the Grayson Lanterns.
How do you add style to your outdoor space? Share your ideas in the comments below!