With the warm days and sun-kissed nights come outdoor BBQs and lazy weekend afternoons by the pool. We love summer! We’re designing away on pool houses and outdoor patios that bring our family and friends together. We’re working with gorgeous blues – sky blue, cobalt blue, and turquoise palettes to bring that casual summer look to life. It is important that your outdoor spaces be bulletproof with the upholstered furniture covered in outdoor fabrics that can stand up to wet bathing suits, rugs that you can hose off that are outdoor rated and pillows that are durable.
Here are a few behind-the-scenes ideas that we hope will inspire you to create your own dream outdoor space.
Set in beautiful Livermore wine country, we designed this pool house that has gorgeous views of the rolling hills. The clients wanted a sophisticated and comfortable spot that would endure the test of time. The sectional is from Restoration Hardware and the ottoman and the pillows are all custom-made which elevate the room.
All of us would dine outside year-round, weather permitting. These melamine Indochine Ikat plates, from Sue Fisher King, are amazing, virtually shatterproof and dishwasher safe. These are great year round for both indoor and outdoor dining.
I never tire of blue. I love the mix of florals, coral and modern stripes in the Spring 2018 Ralph Lauren textiles collection. Photo @Ralph Lauren.
Succulents and turquoise coasters styled around Gray Malin’s book, ‘ESCAPE’, are perfect pool house decor. Signed collector’s edition of ‘ESCAPE’ are available at Gray Malin. Photo @Gray Malin.
We’re seeing a big comeback in porch swings and we are installing three this month. We found inspiration in this classically designed white on black swing with modern, straight lines. Image found @Pinterest.
It’s also time to think about summer entertaining with graduation parties, Father’s Day BBQ’s and Fourth of July celebrations in the works. The Paloma cocktail, made with grapefruit, lime, and tequila, is a perfect pool quencher. Recipe compliments of Bon Appetite. Makes 8 cocktails 1 ½ cups silver tequila 4 ½ cups grapefruit soda juice of 6 limes + lime wedges to garnish 1. Combine tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice in a pitcher; stir to combine. 2. Pour over ice-filled glasses and garnish each with a wedge of lime.
Finally, don’t forget Dad this Father’s Day. Dad’s are really hard to buy for. You cannot go wrong with a great book, and a nice bottle of wine. Here are a few of our favorite reads that I am hoping my husband and my Dad will enjoy. Most Valuable Dads, from parenting expert Tom Limbert, gathers inspiration from some of the biggest names in sports like Steph Curry, Natalie Coughlin and Tom Brady, about the lessons they learned from their dads. The Greatness of Dads celebrates the bond between dads and their kids talking about love, discipline, responsibility, fun, embarrassment, sadness, and joy. Compliments of Chronicle Books.