This Monday marks America’s 240th birthday, and the party is going to be grand. There will be fireworks, parades and backyard barbecues all across the country. And if you’re hosting an event, the time is right to infuse some color into your outdoor space.
Incorporating red, white and blue into every detail of your party – from the flag out front to the table settings – is a wonderful way to pay homage to our country. And you don’t have to be limited to old-fashioned decorations like star-studded paper plates and streamers.
With the right selection of outdoor furniture, accents and entertaining accessories, you can showcase your spirit without sacrificing style. That’s the beauty of New Americana. It’s a design-minded take on tradition that favors new and exciting decorations over the old standbys.
Before you fire up the grill and light the sparklers, take note of these decorating ideas inspired by Old Glory herself.
Food is a big part of any Fourth of July celebration, so make sure the table is set for the occasion. Serveware, linens and even dishes are an easy way to incorporate color. And the right mix of red, white and blue makes for a lovely presentation.
There isn’t a specific formula for creating a New Americana tablescape. But don’t be afraid to use different patterns, textures and even tonal variations of the classic color palette. Just make sure every item on your table has an element that complements the theme.
The right accessories add a subtle patriotic panache to your outdoor space without overwhelming it in kitsch. Think beyond tabletop flags and streamers to more high-style accents like throw pillows, a colorful statue and even a garden stool.
There is no end to interesting, tasteful accent pieces that work within an Americana theme. Choose items that intrigue you and enhance your outdoor decor, so even after the festivities have ended, your new decorations can remain.
Does your guest list exceed your current seating, or are you looking to update your outdoor furniture? Use this as an opportunity to further enhance your New Americana aesthetic with color-coordinated furniture pieces – like bistro-inspired seating, chaise lounges and even our renowned Market Umbrellas.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out our New Americana Pinterest board, and get ready to throw an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration.
Done well, eclectic furniture collections create texture and warmth. And intrigue. To Jack Ovadia, there’s beauty in being bold. “Never be afraid to try,” the New York-based designer said. “The harder you try, the better the results.”
And so Ovadia balanced glistening metallic pieces with expressive textural works in designing the poolside seating area at the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse.
Mixing two collections, he set a foundation in hard metals. Then he softened the scene with texture, using woven wicker seating, sphere-shaped and shaggy pillows, and dimensional table accents.
Within that framework, balance perpetuated. Glamorous gold accent pieces offset clean, white leather seating. Matte finishes juxtaposed with shiny ones. Pillows ranged from sharp geometric patterns to soft floral prints, from fluffy feathers to Pollock-esque paint splatters.
Working exclusively with our contemporary Porta Forma line, Ovadia placed artful accents everywhere. Dramatic, angular Pascal Tables made a riveting statement poolside.
“They’re the piece that people say, ‘Wow, what is that?’ ” Ovadia said of the Pascal Tables. “That’s what I love about the space. We used really unique pieces that we don’t think you’re going to be able to see anywhere else.”
Artful elements aside, the goal was warmth – figurative and literal. Seated round the hammered copper firepit, as the sun sets poolside, there’s plenty to admire. “When people use this space,” Ovadia said, “I want them to feel like they never have to leave.”
“That’s what I love about the space. We used really unique pieces that we don’t think you’re going to be able to see anywhere else.”
With the Hamptons long serving as America’s seaside retreat, a designer’s compass there often points seaward. And so Rachel Florez took a contemporary tack with her nautical-themed approach to the master bedroom balcony at the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse.
Creating an intimate exterior space ideal for morning coffee or evening sunsets, the Long Island-based designer infused modern accents and maritime flair into her design. The crisp blue-and-white palette and polished metal touches atop the wooden deck all associated with sailing, and the Ravello Daybed’s canopy approximated a ship’s sail.
The space served as an extension of the bedroom, making it a haven for carefree interludes of bliss. Florez says, “You want it to feel a little sexy,” which led her to design the balcony around the daybed. An angular sectional and rectangular planters framed the space, creating geometric accents and contemporary cool while providing a sense of sanctuary. The lightness of color made it a retreat for the senses, inviting barefoot forays and tête-à-têtes.
View all the outdoor furniture and decor pieces Florez used in furnishing the balcony.
The Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York, runs through Sept. 7. If you’re vacationing or attending the Hampton Classic nearby, stop by the Showhouse to see the balcony – and a host of other top designers’ work – in person.
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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.
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