Outdoor Living

Decked Out: A Guide to the Best Outdoor Furnishings

Architectural Design by Max Nunez | Photo by Roland Halbe | Interior Design magazine



“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me, those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James


I couldn’t agree more! I am definitely a summertime person. I love warm weather, being outside and soaking up the sun. So outdoor living spaces are some of my favorite to design. For the past two weeks, we’ve talked about beautiful alfresco spots, such as porches, pool houses and accessory dwelling units (ADUs), including guest houses, carriage houses, granny flats, and even outbuildings that have been reimagined as something else, such as a garage turned art studio.

Today, I’d like to share with you the most wonderful and new furnishings and accessories that will complete your awesome outdoor space.

When it comes to outfitting your outdoor world, there are certain things to remember. First, outdoor furniture should never be too precious. The furniture you choose for alfresco living should be comfortable and made to last. Nothing irks me more than trying to enjoy my poolside cocktail on a chair that says “okay, time to go.” That being said, there is no need to sacrifice beauty for comfort. And, furnishing an outdoor space should offer the opportunity to bring a fresh and unexpected perspective to your surroundings.

In today’s blog I’m going to show you some head-turning design and help you forget what you thought you knew about outdoor furniture. I’m going to show you the unexpected and the innovative. I’m also going to show you some twists on traditional furnishings that will make you sit up and take notice. Whether you like classic wrought iron or rustic wood, shiny aluminum or coastal teak, sleek contemporary or down home farmhouse, I hope you’ll find some inspiration in this roundup.


Swing Time

Who doesn’t love a hammock?  Nothing embodies a relaxed way of life better than lying on your back, swinging to and fro in the summer breeze. This classic and romantic way to rest and rejuvenate is centuries old. Columbus actually discovered the hammock in the Bahamas in 1492 where he stated that “people were sleeping in nets between the trees.” Here are several different styles of hammocks that I’m loving.


There’s even a hammock for Felix!


Not into hammocks? You can still get “moving” with a swinging daybed or chair!



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Lounging poolside has never been more stylish. Here are a few cures for the common chaise.

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Take a Seat

Just like their indoor cousins, outdoor accent chairs can really add personality and style to an outdoor living space. Here are a few that will have you sitting pretty on your patio, on your deck, in your garden or poolside.

West Elm

How fun are these modern bean bag chairs?!


Nap Time

A dream come true, these dreamy day beds are perfect for a summertime snooze.





Conversation Starters

Outdoor living rooms can be an extension of your interior spaces or can have a personality and style all their own. Here are several that will get the conversation started and will encourage your guests to linger long after the last glass of wine is poured.

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How cool is this coffee table base cast from a genuine tree root?


Bold Empire

Remember this sleek sofa and chair from last week’s TGIF?



That fantastic bench crafted of raw wood is so awesome!




Gather ‘Round

Dining alfresco is one of the nicest things about summertime. There’s something truly magical about sharing a meal underneath the stars and the setting sun. Today’s outdoor dining tables and chairs are some of the most beautiful. Here’s a look at a variety of styles. Which one catches your eye?

Still Stars

Loving the eclectic mix of chairs; especially the tree stump stools!




Finishing Touches

Finally, the perfect accessories will put the finishing touches on your outdoor space.

Brin D’Ombre

A straw hut parasol!



A rattan ottoman


Heat Sail

The coolest lamp!



The prettiest ceramic garden stools



I love all the colors in this beautiful outdoor rug!


Such a cute little blue and white side table


So are you ready to give your outdoor spaces some beauty, function and personality? I hope I’ve inspired you to think outside the box when choosing furnishings and accessories for your porch, patio, deck, or pool. Entertaining a small group outside or just enjoying the great outdoors in style yourself is a must this summer, especially. How can we help make your outdoor spaces more beautiful? Give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email.

We’re back running full speed at Marcia Moore Design but if you’d still prefer to work virtually, we understand and can do that, too. Whatever works best for you and makes you the most comfortable is great with us.

Stay safe and healthy,

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