Welcome to Frontgate’s Style Notes series, featuring decorating discussions with the industry’s finest designers, artists and makers.
This guest post comes from interior designer, author and Pure Style Home blogger Lauren Liess.
I’m always drawn to a Natural Modern space, which is comfortable and relaxed but with a chic, contemporary aesthetic. The juxtaposition of natural elements with clean-lined modern furniture is unexpected. It brings a sense of excitement to a room or outdoor area.
The key to designing a Natural Modern space is the interplay of materials and shapes. Organic elements like wood, woven textiles and plants help create an inviting living area. Richly patinated accents infuse warmth. And comfortable, strong-form furnishings incorporate the central elements of modern design.
You can find inspiration for your Natural Modern space in the textures and finishes you love. Think of the elements that intrigue you, and find clever ways to incorporate them into your space. And don’t be afraid to try a variety of accents and accessories. The give and take of organic textures mixed with modern furnishings makes a bold statement.
Natural Modern is as much about comfort as it is aesthetics. Look for cool, contemporary furnishings that are equally inviting and stylish – like Frontgate’s generously sized, sink-in Palisades Modular Collection. It’s your base to build upon, and once you choose the right seating, you can begin to accessorize with organic textures.
Woven rugs, accent pillows and throws add a pop of color and pattern, without overwhelming the calm, clean aesthetic. Curvy, sculptural pieces – like the Batik Console Table – provide a striking counterpoint to more modern furniture. And accessories like lanterns, planters and petrified wood tables incorporate beautiful natural elements into your design.
Shop Frontgate’s exclusive Natural Modern collection, and get inspired to create your own comfortable, contemporary space.
Frances Bailey knows great design. As a stylist and creative consultant, she works with some of the industry’s biggest names and publications to create stunning rooms, both indoors and out. You’ll see her work in Southern Living and HGTV Magazine, among others. In this guest blog post, she shares quick and easy tips to update your outdoor space for summer entertaining.
It’s high time to head outside. The warm weather is here to stay, and alfresco celebrations – from dinner parties to cocktail hours – are in order. But before you move the party outdoors, take stock of your outdoor area. The start of summer is the perfect excuse to spruce up your space.
It’s easy to do. In fact, with just a few helpful tips, you can create the ultimate entertaining area. And when friends and family stop in for a summer soiree, you’ll be ready. Armed with a signature cocktail, a good playlist and your newly updated outdoor oasis, this season will be one for the ages.
Furniture placement is as important outdoors as it is inside. Set cocktail and side tables within easy reach so everyone has a place to rest their drink. Encourage good conversation with plenty of seating. And have an ottoman or two that pull double-duty as overflow seating for late-arriving guests.
Most importantly, capitalize on the natural beauty of your outdoor area and create a layout that showcases your space. Arrange your seating so guests get the best views while sitting.
Designer tip: If you have the space, create a few different outdoor entertaining areas for guests to roam. It spreads out the party with more places to gather.
Create a color scheme and stick with it – from the cushions to the rug to the tableware. Choose a base (neutrals work great for this), and add pops of complementary color through accents and accessories. Work within your palette, and limit the spectrum to make the biggest impact.
Designer tip: Create a focal point by anchoring your area with a decorative outdoor rug. Find one that is large enough to position your furniture’s front legs on.
Add comfort to your outdoor seating with accent pillows so chic, your friends won’t believe they were made to stay outside. Plus, if you’ve already invested in outdoor furniture, new pillows are a quick way to refresh the pieces you have.
Designer tip: Mix patterns, shapes and different-sized pillows for a sophisticated, eclectic look.
Create instant ambience in your outdoor space with an arrangement of hurricanes and lanterns. The soft glow of candlelight is warm and inviting, encouraging guests to gather closer and making for a more intimate evening.
Designer tip: Make sure to stock up on unscented pillar candles so you won’t run out mid-party.
No alfresco affair would be complete without a refreshing summer cocktail. So serve up a new recipe (like a Fresh Juice Gin Cocktail) with all new outdoor entertaining pieces. And whether you set up the spirits on a bar cart or side table, make sure you have ice and extra glasses at the ready.
Designer tip: If you serve a signature drink, label it so your guests know what they’re sipping.
Courtesy of The Entertainologist, Lulu Powers
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce rosemary and mint simple syrup
4 ounces gin
Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker or ball jar with ice. Shake and pour over ice cubes with rose petals frozen inside them. Add a sprinkle of julienned mint.
That’s it. Five simple steps, and you’re ready for a summer spent outdoors, joined by good friends and family. If you want some more design inspiration, check out Frontgate’s Entertaining Alfresco Pinterest board for this season’s top trends in outdoor living.
Dads weren’t meant to spend all days indoors. Not in meetings. Not hunched over a computer. Come summer, most guys are all about the great outdoors. That’s why on weekends, you find so many of them outside. Grilling, golfing, fishing, restoring old cars … or just kicking back in a hammock with something cold at hand.
Whether you’re celebrating your own dad or acknowledging your husband for all he does for the family, this Father’s Day, give Dad a gift that will make his day … and maybe even his summer.
After a long work week, Dad deserves to hang out at home, enjoying some R&R. If an afternoon nap is on the agenda, give him a taste of the good life with a generously cushioned tufted hammock.
Perfect for the links-loving dad, this heavy-duty organizer has a place for two sets of clubs, shoes, towels, extra balls and more. Now, with all of his golf gear in one place, making that early tee time has never been easier.
… for a smartly styled watch with innovative features that satisfy any dad’s inner techie. And with all the sophistication of a precision crafted analog timepiece, Hercules has forged timeless style with modern advancements for any avid golfer. Just flip the watch face to reveal highly accurate, GPS-powered measurements to the pin.
A simple and inexpensive gadget, the iGrill is a pocket-sized meat thermometer that lets Dad step away from the grill and partake in the fun while still keeping on eye on dinner.
Speaking of partaking in the fun, Dad becomes a master craft brewer with just the push of a button, whipping up all styles of beer – from ales to IPAs. And don’t forget personalized Craft Beer Glasses, each designed to enhance the taste and aroma of Dad’s custom creations.
As the sun dips below the horizon, dads love to build a big fire, stacking log upon log, setting it ablaze and basking in its warm glow. With its oversized basin, the Copper Fire Pit lets him revel in a satisfying fire all night long.
Still searching for the perfect gift? Explore more of our favorite Gifts for Dad.
At Frontgate, we believe in the power of great design – whether it’s a smartly styled room or impeccably crafted furniture. In our passionate pursuit of the world’s best-designed products, we often cross paths with brilliant designers, makers and artisans. They may be the merchants we buy from, the artists we collaborate with or the industry’s biggest celebrities.
On Saturday, May 21, HGTV star Vern Yip stopped by our Atlanta showroom.
One of America’s most venerated designers, Vern came by to answer questions and share design tips with Frontgate customers. And while he was in store, he put on a demonstration showcasing how easy it is to update an outdoor furniture set. He transformed our Palermo Collection with three summer-ready styles, all in less than 10 minutes.
Check back soon for an in-depth look at Vern’s outdoor furniture styling tips, and sign up for Frontgate emails to get the latest on upcoming in-store events and guest appearances.
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