Matt's Patio Picks

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The patio - my fave place to while away the weekend. Having just completed work on an amazing mountain home, I've got Refined Rustic on the brain. The project has inspired me to rethink my own patio decor.

My guiding mantra when decorating? Mix and match! Puh-lease consider pulling from multiple styles (at least 2!) and multiple brands when decorating any space. You'll be thrilled with the results, I promise. I will consider it to have been a life well-lived if I can ixnay the practice of decorating by pulling all product from a single page in a retailer's catalogue.

Here are the items I've got my eye on; I love each, but together, they will make my outdoor space both sophisticated and functional.

1. Take a Seat.

When selecting seating, remember decorating your outdoor space is like decorating any other room in your home (for additional guidance on decorating a new space, see an earlier post here). You'll likely need a variety of seating options, depending on the size of your space, and will want to consider how you plan to use the space (e.g., lounging, dining).

I have a farily large outdoor space and entertain a lot (this warrants a whole series of future posts). The size of my space permits me to have two separate seating areas: one for dining and one for lounging.

For my dining table, I love the Berkshire Chair from Crate & Barrel. It's a great combo of rustic and modern and because it doesn't take up a lot of visual space, it will help keep my patio feeling spacious. 

Berkshire Chair - Crate & Barrel ($499)

For lounging chairs, comfort is uber important. I love these luxuriously big lounge chairs from Restoration Hardware because not only are they sink-in cozy, they are super elegant.

Design with confidence at www.bluGloss.comBelgian Track Arm Outdoor Lounge Chair - Restoration Hardware ($2,485)

Contrary to my prior admonition, I'm in love with the Rutherford Sofa from Restoration Hardware. It's dreamy, don't you think?

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I plan to place a couple of these together in a more private portion of my outdoor space. What happens on the chaise lounge, stays on the chaise lounge.

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2. Table It.

Every seat should have easy access to a table. I'll use a few of these stools (that can double as extra seating, if needed) from Wisteria. They are super durable and cool.

Stump Stool - Wisteria ($199)

I love how this Restoration Hardware (again with the Reho! I know - I just love this line!) continues the slightly edgy, refined rustic theme. Plus, I won't worry about water marks on the table.

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French Beam Weathered Concrete & Teak Coffee Table - Restoration Hardware ($2,295)

To add a touch of Modern Retro and warmth to my "room", I love this dining table from DWR.

Kayu Teak Dining Table - Design Within Reach ($1,994)

3. Floor It.

To fully create the feeling of a room and to tie the space together, I love this indoor/outdoor rug from Dash & Albert. Love the colors, love the stripes.

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This will be such a beautiful outdoor space. Interesting and stunning and totally livable.

Confidently Yours,
Matt O'Dorisio

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