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Outdoor Summer Decorating Made Easy

 

Outside Picnic Table With Flowers

Romantic Retreat

Transport a deck to the English countryside with curvy silhouettes, floral prints and pretty pastels. "We're all good at feathering our nests—so just decorate your outside space as if it were an area inside your home," says Jamie Durie, author of The Outdoor Room.

—Choose furniture that looks antique, either new pieces or second-hand gems, suggests Durie. Make sure your picks are meant to be left outside.

—Play with a mix of patterns in a pale and neutral color palette.

—Plant roses, irises and other fragrant blooms in nearby containers for a subtle scent and flourish.

—Create an area for taking shelter from the sun—an umbrella, canopy or pergola stylishly offers shade.

—Extra touches like charming table linens and an outdoor rug make a patio feel as pulled together as your dining or living room.

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