How to Elevate Your Outdoor Space
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How to Elevate Your Outdoor Space

Living elevated al fresco

Creating an elevated outdoor space is all about considering the details.   

As the weather gets warmer, we’re dreaming of ways to bring our environments to life, inside and out.   

Whether you’re designing an outdoor lounge from scratch or looking to complete your space with a few touches, we’re of the mind that an outdoor lounge should feel like an expansion of your home.   

 Here are 5 ways to elevate your outdoor space: 

No. 1: Incorporate detailed pieces to bring indoor comforts out 

Incorporating furniture pieces designed with form and function in mind expands your living space by bringing the comfort of the indoors out. 

While usually, we don’t gravitate towards matching sets in a living room, choosing similar profiles for an outdoor lounge look helps the pieces to blend in with the setting and create a seamless look. 

From our McGee & Co. 2022 Summer Catalogue

Detailed outdoor pieces

Created to withstand the elements
Shop outdoor furniture
Goodwin Wicker Sofa
Caine Outdoor Coffee Table
Goodwin Wicker Lounge Chair
Goodwin Wicker Pool Chaise
Caine Outdoor Side Table
Vento Outdoor Sofa
Vento Outdoor Chair
Cadie Outdoor Chaise

No. 2: Soften the look with an indoor/outdoor rug 

Upgrade your indoor-outdoor rug to soften your outdoor space and make it feel more like a second living space. Incorporating some of the same elements we use in an indoor living space instantly brings a more inviting feeling to an outdoor lounge, and a rug is a perfect place to start.  

Using an indoor/outdoor rug will help set the foundation and ground the space for your furniture layout. 

A note on sizing: We follow the same sizing rules we do indoors here, which means that the rug should be large enough for all of the front legs of the furniture to land on the rug. That typically means there are about 6″ on each side of the furniture. 

From our McGee & Co. 2022 Outdoor Collection

From our McGee & Co. 2022 Summer Catalogue

Set the foundation

Designed for simple maintenance and can be easily hosed off to clean!
See more indoor/ outdoor rugs
Moxie Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Goldie Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Reva Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Anna Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Leon Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Belleville Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Granada Indoor / Outdoor Rug

No. 3: Curate an outdoor pillow combination with mixed & match pieces 

When it comes to styling outdoor pillows, we like to follow the same method we use when styling a sofa indoors. Paying attention to texture, size, and color palette is still important in an outside setting, and don’t be afraid to mix patterns! 

Then, add an outdoor throw for evenings outside. Filling in the corners of your outdoor lounge by layer in planters makes the space cozier and lived-in. 

From our McGee & Co. 2022 Summer Catalogue

From our McGee & Co. 2022 Summer Catalogue

Settle in with cozy layers

Make your outdoor space an escape
All indoor/outdoor pillows
Avis Indoor/Outdoor Pillow
Paley Indoor/Outdoor Pillow
Waldon Indoor/Outdoor Pillow
Ivy Indoor/Outdoor Pillow
Westview Indoor/Outdoor Pillow
Patchwork Indoor/Outdoor Pillow
Calais Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

No. 4: Elevate your entertaining pieces for considered gatherings  

Making your outdoor gatherings feel thoughtful doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with functional entertaining essentials like melamine plates and woven placemats, and complete the look with printed table linens, candles, and pretty glassware. 

From our McGee & Co. 2022 Summer Catalogue

Al fresco approved

Celebrate the everyday with elevated dining accessories
Explore outdoor tablescape
Odette Melamine Dinner Plates (Set of 4)
Lilia Flatware (Set of 5)
Round Woven Placemat
Charlie Check Tablecloth
Bronx Oak Pedestal
Ribbed Short Drinking Glasses (Set of 4)
James Bar Cart

No. 5: Incorporate functional decor details 

Finish off your look by bringing a few indoor decor pieces outside. We love using trays to corral objects for entertaining, or vases for adding texture and greenery. 

From our McGee & Co. 2022 Summer Catalogue

From our McGee & Co. 2022 Summer Catalogue

The finishing touch

Layer in decor to bring the feeling of indoors out.
Shop outdoor decor
Patterned Tea Towels (Set of 3)
Wicker Handled Glass Pitcher
Fariel Woven Tray
Handled Planter Basket
Bodie Fiberstone Planter
Glossy Cream Garden Pots (Set of 3)
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