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4 Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space

Tips on how to update your outdoor summer space from interior design expert, Annie Mahoney


Interior design expert Annie Mahoney scoured New Canaan for just the right thing to update your outdoor space this summer.

“I have a couple of tride-and-true tips,” says Darien-resident Mahoney. “First of all, pillows are the place to add pop because they are easy to trade out from year to year so it isn’t a commitment.  Also, a place to put your feet up is essential, so you can really live in your outdoor space. I think of my husband reading the paper with his morning coffee or me and a friend watching the children play. The most successful outdoor spaces seamlessly fuse your indoor environment with outdoor living.”

Here are some things Mahoney is coveting as she prepares for a summer in the sun:

Garden Stools

You can use them outside and they are totally weather proof and can be used inside for a variety of things (extra seating, side tables, etc) when the summer entertaining season is over. Pimlico has two fantastic, architecturally interesting options, a Drum Stool that I love ($490, 20x12.25) for the earthy vibe, it’s reminiscent of an antique but with really modern lines. Also available is the Cole Stool in Crackled Gold ($625, 19x19x19) that updates any space. Brass has been a huge trend lately and this is a great way to bring that sleek look outdoors.

Pimlico drum stoolCole Stool in Crackled Gold

Barrel Chairs

They are versatile and can mix with a retro vibe or a more traditional home. The Summer House’s Round White Metal Chair ($84, 26x22x29.25) is at a great price point for additional seating, and can blend with what you already have. The patina meshes with any color scheme and I love the shape; it’s so open and airy and seems just right for summer, though I would put a pair in front of a fireplace as well.

Barrel Chair

Colored Throws

I love re-purposing indoor items for outdoor entertaining. Why not use a soft throw outdoors, it’s a great look texturally and women in summer dresses will appreciate it as the evening cools down.


The Summer House has three that I like. Blue is my favorite outdoor hue, think water and sky. Sunnyside Stripe in Aqua and Navy ($180, 22x22) is graphic and can be paired with any number of neutral tones. Who doesn’t love an animal print? Zebra Aquamarine ($180, 22x22) is just a fun way to do that. Super Paradise ($280, 22x22) would look great on a gray or green set.

Sunnyside Stripe pillowZebra Aquamarine PillowSuper Paradise pillow