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The flowers are blooming, the garden is planted and the weather is getting warmer. So now is the time to start thinking about summer cookouts, sprucing up the patio, and how to take some of the indoors out. Here are three inspirations where I have selected the key ingredients to keep you on the right design path.
1. This approach is laid-back, comfortable and has “come on in and visit” written all over it. Mason jar glasses from your local super store, lanterns, a bunch of sunflowers and folding chairs all add up to the perfect outdoor cookout.
2. Here is a great twist on the summer picnic. Okay, I know we all can’t take a dining table and canopy out to the river, but how about substituting a folding banquet table and a throw? Add a candelabra, cubes and pillows and you are all set. I hear you, “a candelabra by the river?” Well, how about the next time you are at the flea market looking for an inexpensive metal one. Take it home and paint it a bright color.
3. If you prefer something a bit more formal, this classic look has been given an update by using a fresh color palette of lime and coral. I like the way they alternated the colors of the floral arrangements. This adds great visual impact in a very elegant way. Placing ribbon around a glass vase is a creative way to include a personal touch and this hides the stems as well. Paper lanterns from a local party supply or even string light paper lanterns, a table runner or a shag area rug runner (which imitates the look of grass) and votive holders are the other key elements to achieving this look.
There you go… three deconstructed inspirations. Which ideas do you think you will be using this summer?
Inspiration images courtesy of Country Living, House to Home and Southern Living.
Michael Murphy is a Los Angeles based interior designer and television producer. His 15+ year career includes serving as Supervising Producer on TV design guru Christopher Lowell's "Work That Room." Recently, he has completed projects with celebrity designer Kenneth Brown and fashion icon Heidi Klum. Follow Michael on Google+