Whoa. The temperature is forecasted to reach 85°F/30°C this week – and that’s the actual so the real feel will likely be even higher! I guess we practically skipped straight past spring in New York City – save for a few days – and ended up at summer! Still, no complaints at all because the city is buzzing with life and spring color. All the green, sunshine, blue skies and tweeting birds are giving me liiiiiife! Not only that but the scorching temps mean it’s time to get serious about planning outdoor living spaces for the season ahead. The weather forecast inspired me to share this nautical outdoor living space that I styled for Grandin Road.When pulling together this space I had our own beach house in mind as inspiration. The timing couldn’t be better because we’re starting work on our backyard at the beach house this week. I can’t wait to transform it from dull and dirty to bright and brilliant! I shared a tour of it in my Instagram story last week and I’ll be staring updates on the ‘gram all summer long, so follow along! When creating a nautical outdoor living environment the key is to layer up classic coastal elements without going overboard on any one element. So, you’ll only want one nautical motif (life ring, sail, anchor etc.) – any more and the space will look too forced. The same with sisal or rope textures; mix up the fabrics and textiles you introduce across the space to keep the space feeling naturally layered. Essentially, balance is key to make a coastal space look cute rather than twee!When styling this space I layered two rugs to create a thrown together, laid back and collected feel, as well as using the blue and natural sand of the Starfish outdoor rug as an anchor point for the other elements in the scheme. The Yorkshire outdoor seating provides a neutral base to layer on colorful nautical touches, such as the Hampton Life Preserver outdoor pillow. Meanwhile, a peppering of hurricane lanterns and rattan textures invite charm and warmth into the space. I’m hoping I can recreate something even half as lovely as this for the beach house deck this summer. More beach house garden renovation updates to come soon! Happy Monday, everyone!
Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.