By Belle Du Chene
With summer approaching, it’s time to shift focus from entertaining indoors to creating a welcoming outdoor escape for guests.
Interior designer Amanda Reynal of Reynal Interiors is a pro at creating an al fresco dining space with well-arranged seating. Here are her top suggestions to refresh any deck or patio for the summer season:
- “Pick a color scheme or theme and carry it throughout. This creates consistency just like in an indoor room,” she says. “Here, the blue and white is maintained from the seating area to the dining table scape.”
- In addition to landscaping, she says to “look to your local nursery or greenhouse such as Boesen the Florist or Earl May for flowers and planters in different shapes and sizes. You can plant tropical trees or boxwood shrubs at varying heights around the patio and place potted flowers on the dining table to add interest.”
- Use throw pillows on your outdoor furniture. “There are many catalogs and stores that sell all sorts of indoor/outdoor throw pillows like these from Pink Print Company in the East Village,” she says.