Jeremiah Brent knows how to put together a living room and dining room—and not just the indoor kind. The seasoned designer weighed in on Yelp’s just-published outdoor trends forecast for 2021, and he’s pushing to blur the lines between the house and the yard with elegant umbrellas, antique fountains, and graphic patio tiles. According to the report, searches for outdoor deck, patio heaters, and outdoor lighting have been spiking (373 percent, 263 percent, and 88 percent, respectively) as we all look for more ways to capitalize on the space this summer. So we asked Brent to walk us through the little details that make a big difference.
Lighting That Looks Good Indoors and Out
Not all outdoor lighting is created equal. In addition to classic bistro bulbs and wrought-iron lanterns, Brent swears by these $36 Moroccan pendant lights from Etsy. “We have them in our home both indoors and outdoors,” says the designer. The chandeliers are handwoven out of straw, wicker, rattan, and palm, so they are best kept under a partially covered pergola or deck.
Something Check, Something Woven, and Something Metal
That’s the recipe for a chic backyard living-slash-entertaining space. For the metal, the designer likes to think big—for instance, iron and glass doors that bring views of the outdoors in and can stand heavy use. Another way to create seamless flow is with checkered floor tile (he sources his reclaimed but also approves of Clé’s cement squares). Top it off with natural material in the form of a jute rug or rattan armchair.
Easy Rustic Landscaping
Organic is the name of the game for greenery this summer. Instead of tightly packed planted flowers, the designer recommends wild hydrangeas and lavender (yes, even if you only have a small balcony). “I love the idea of natural elements peeking through the window and expanding the space,” he says. Olive trees are another detail that will transport you to the Spanish countryside, and installing a drip irrigation system makes sure they get the right amount of water.
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