Roberta, in a top by Elie Tahari and Levi’s jeans, relaxes with Josie, Rumi, and Indi on her back porch, one of their favorite hangouts. Rugs from Dream Collective. Threshold Bamboo Lantern from Target. San Pedro throw and Palermo chairs from The Citizenry.
Inspired by Josie and Roberta's free-spirited style, here's how to turn your deck or patio into a laid-back lounge.
Just add rugs. A floor of overlapping floor coverings is just right for barefoot-living and channels an effortlessly cool vibe. To pull it off, pick a color (in Roberta’s case, it’s scarlet) and make sure it appears at least once in each rug.
Sit high and low. Plan for a few levels of lounging, especially if you entertain, by -mixing low-slung chairs and floor cushions. It will be easier to fit a crowd on your deck and invite lazy afternoon sprawling.
Let loose. This mix-and-match look is forgiving, so take risks and pair colors or patterns you’d normally avoid. Stick with the color you chose for your rugs, or expand to a family of warm colors or cool colors to fast-track an attractive blend.
Learn to love candles. It’s hard to beat the soft flicker of votives or tea lights when it comes to mood lighting. Place them in lanterns for safety and scatter them around your deck.
Accessorize. Think of your deck like a room—it’s not finished until it has that final layer of plants, pillows, and throw blankets. If you live in a wet climate, do yourself a favor and use indoor-outdoor fabrics. But if it’s mostly dry where you are, feel free to rotate your indoor goods outside for a while.