Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Island Style

Having just returned from the Caribbean, I thought I would share some outdoor style highlights and inspiration from my trip. Even though our Bay Area weather doesn’t quite compare, we can still make our patios, backyards, and decks as comfortable and enjoyable for those perfect San Francisco afternoons.

The above was taken at Nikki Beach on Turks and Caicos. White drapery panels create a very cool effect in the evening breeze. This would be easy to adapt to your own patio, all you need are some white cotton rod pocket curtains and simple tie backs.

Is it a bed, a sofa, or both? While you may be hard pressed to find something with such generous proportions in a retail store, it still provides inspiration for creating a relaxing outdoor space. Add lots of pillows in the same tone to your outdoor furniture to create a similar, loungy feel.

Blue mosaic tiles, white barstools and natural materials form a nicely contrasted composition.

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