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Outdoor Design Trends of 2016

Coming off two weekends of lovely weather, one of which was a holiday, we can’t help but have patio envy. After spending lots of time outdoors here in Southern California, we’ve been getting inspired left and right. Have a read about some of our favorite outdoor trends we’ve been seeing for the Summer.

NEUTRAL COLORS IN OUTDOOR SPACES

Neutral color palettes in outdoor spaces are not something we are used to seeing. Most decorators opt for a bright, bold print or a nautical stripe. But new trends are showing neutrals can be just as impactful when accented by warm woods and natural greenery. These soothing hues let the greenery provide the pop of color and keep the look organic.

 image via  Elle Decor

image via Elle Decor

PATIO VINTAGE VIBES

The use of pallets in outdoor design has long been an outdoor solution, and flea market finds sometimes offer better quality, and less bling with natural materials. Update these furnishings with modern fabrics that are durable. For a charming garden look, arrange a variety of mismatched dining chairs around the table. Vintage textiles will add to the charm.

 image via  Sunset Mag

image via Sunset Mag

FUNCTIONAL GARDENING

A raised garden bed or container gardening is ideal for those that don’t have access to a full yard with space. Another trend is sustainable garden design, meaning drought tolerant plants for water-free gardening. This is something that is particularly important in California. Naturescaping and edible landscapes make it easier for a garden to tabletop lifestyle, being able to enjoy fresh, local ingredients in a dish at your own home.

 image via  hometalk

image via hometalk

OUTDOOR ROOMS

This is a credo we have always gone by, but extending the outdoor living space the same way as any room inside your home has finally been accepted by the masses. Even outdoor kitchens have become increasingly functional. Thanks to advances in all-weather materials, furnishings and accessories, it’s a safe investment that will bring a new level of comfort to our outdoor space.

OUTDOOR FIREPLACES

A hot trend, pun intended, is that of outdoor fireplaces. Gone are the days of tiki torches, homeowners are opting for a full fireplace that provide an ambient warmth to the space.  Just another take on the outdoor room.

 image via  on the veranda

image via on the veranda

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

Besides figuring out how to incorporate edible gardens into the landscape, some homeowners are also adding chickens and honey bees. Round out your complete garden to table meal with eggs and honey.

What are some of the favorite trends you have spotted this year?

The Outdoorsy Types..

Seeing as the weather is warming up and outdoor furniture is becoming more relevant, what better time to introduce you to some of the stars. The distinct personality of each brand really makes it feel like we have a family reunion every year when the outdoor season rolls around. We can't get enough of rearranging our showroom floor with our favorite pieces from these talents and think that you will enjoy them just as much in your own home.

Summer Classics

Founded in 1978, Summer Classics uses high quality resin wicker, cast aluminum, teak, and wrought iron, making the difference in the details. It is exciting and unexpected, timeless yet fashionable, combining traditional craftsmanship with innovative usage of diverse materials, making it a purchase for the future generations of your own family.

Lee Industries Outdoor

Established in 1969, Lee continues to run as a family owned and operated company, committed to the good of everyone, including the environment. Every masterpiece is built with pride in the USA. With four manufacturing facilities in North Carolina, 98% of the components in Lee products are supplied domestically. We just love a good carbon footprint.

Lane Venture

Lane Venture is a US based company that developed an exclusive Weathermaster outdoor cushion. All furniture pieces have hand-crafted finishes and high-fashion touches. Choose from hundreds of quality outdoor fabrics to express your unique style.

Janus Et Cie Outdoor

For more than 34 years, Janus et Cie has brought innovative products to the market with a commitment to outstanding quality and service. Used in some of the world's finest hotels, spas and restaurants, Janus et Cie provides the best furniture to sun in, dine in or simply look at. We agree that it is timeless, tasteful and makes a lasting impression.

Harbour Outdoor

For 37 years Harbour Outdoor has made furniture to reflect the great Australian lifestyle and outdoor culture. The concept is to reflect contemporary culture, sense and anticipate trends, and respond to changes in taste and living needs resulting in a range that is able to blend with any different landscape or climate setting, modern as well as classical, outside as well as inside. We can concur that it certainly blends with the California lifestyle.

So there you have it. Take a trip to one of our stores and you just might find the perfect fit! Our outdoor sale continues while supplies last.

How to Get the Outdoor Resort Look

Who doesn't love a relaxing getaway? When we think of outdoor spaces, our mind initially travels to our last exotic vacation. Even if it was a closer destination, there's still a unique, relaxed feeling that comes to mind. So, why not recreate it in your own backyard? We chose a few of our favorite places in a range of styles and featured some of our favorite outdoor furniture pieces to help you achieve that vacation mood in your personal space.

1- Modern Contemporary Outdoor Space

 Image: Balthazar Hotel + Spa

Image: Balthazar Hotel + Spa

We normally see more of a romantic look in France, but the trendsetting French Balthazar Hotel and Spa is full of character blending authentic furnishings with a genuinely homey feel. Emulate the feeling in your outdoor dining space with the Janus et Cie Mood collection. Simple, sturdy and beautiful, it is crafted from premium teak grown and harvested from sustainable sources.  Weather resistant fabric is weaved over an aluminum frame to create a resilient, supportive sling. Add hanging lanterns for a rustic touch and finish it off with unique artwork to accent your greenery.

2- Modern Organic Outdoor Space

 Image via Eden Hotel Bormio

Image via Eden Hotel Bormio

Overlooking the ski slopes, the Eden Hotel's sustainable, stylish design works in dialogue with its surroundings for a true Italian mountain experience in Bormio. Get a cozy rustic outdoor space with a handcrafted Lane Venture chair.  A solid aluminum frame is covered in hand-woven polyethylene fibers with longlasting outdoor quality. Add solid wood stump side tables and soften the look with ivory sheepskin throws and you'll have a perfectly nestled backyard area.

3- Southern Classic

 Image via Zio + Sons

Image via Zio + Sons

Prefer tradition and charm? This look is suitable for a porch or a landscaped dining nook. Classic wicker paired with neutral textiles for a french countryside feel, our inspiration here comes from the enchanting Zero George Street hotel in quaint Charleston, SC. The Summer Classics resin wicker dining chair has an all-weather cushion that can be customized in suitable fabric options that withstand the elements for years to come. Antique accents and outdoor shutters will provide that southern appeal.

4- Beachy Chic

 Image via Viceroy Hotel Anguilla

Image via Viceroy Hotel Anguilla

To compliment a sleek pool, consider a contemporary look that could be indoor or outdoor. We love a lounge area for some poolside chatting or cocktails, and an outdoor sofa provides the perfect setup. Lee Industries custom covered Oleander sofa brings comfort and a chic look to an outdoor space, similar to Kelly Wearstler's design at the Viceroy Anguilla.  Unique accent chairs complete the relaxed mood similar to a swank vacation resort.

5- Industrial Chic

 image via Ink Hotel Amsterdam

image via Ink Hotel Amsterdam

Need an ideal solution for spacious city living? Harbour Outdoor is good at keeping things sleek and contemporary, add the clean Piano sectional to a simple, open space for an immediate impact. Keep things minimal and add plants in concrete planters randomly spaced around- and of course, statement lighting like these hanging lanterns to compliment the style.

6- Urban Contemporary

 Image via The Empire Hotel NYC

Image via The Empire Hotel NYC

City living usually equates to a small space, but that doesn't mean it can't be designed well. Janus et Cie is always an ideal option to create a wow factor in any space. The Amari dining set is contemporary with a comfort factor included. Outdoor curtains compliment the look creating an exclusive feel to the space, and bunches of candles will create the perfect ambience (Hotel Empire neon sign optional).

10 Outdoor Entertaining Tips from our Team

Even though we are lucky enough to reside in sunny Southern California, we still get excited for the Summer months. The nights get a little warmer and people’s moods are a little more lax- what better time to entertain? And who doesn’t like a perfect little get together of friends, good food and spirited conversation. So the Gardenology team got to chatting and we decided to share our favorite entertaining ideas with you! Start here and make it your own so you can create your own intimate backyard soire.

 Image via: www.elledecoration.se

Image via: www.elledecoration.se

THE SETUP

Tiana - Hang outdoor curtains for a romantic mood. Not only do they add privacy and breakup your space, but it will make your guests feel like they are on vacation at an exotic hotel.

 image via My domaine

image via My domaine

Barbara - Console tables are perfect for creating countertop stations for easy access. Mix it up and use a vintage console and a modern one- multiple beverage stations help ensure that guests can get a refill without waiting.  Top it off with a dough bowl 'ice bucket' for a rustic look.

 image via Indulgy.com

image via Indulgy.com

Jessica - layered rugs and excessive pillows are a good option for relaxed seating at a picnic dinner party. Make it excessive by adding your indoor pillows on the day of the event. I love the mudcloth options we have in store right now for a b/w minimalist look- it makes the colors from the outdoor greenery and the refreshments really pop.

 image via Apartment therapy

image via Apartment therapy

 Left image via My Domaine | Right image via Gardenology

Left image via My Domaine | Right image via Gardenology

THE ATMOSPHERE

Lili  An evening  soirée must have candles and lanterns everywhere.

 image via byzenz.nl

image via byzenz.nl

McCall - Electrical outlets tend to be limited in the outdoor areas so I always have lots of candles lit. Sometimes they are scented other times they are just cute tea lights (tons of them) on surfaces. I also always have flowers in every room or some sort of greenery even if it’s just a couple of bud vases. It makes everything romantic and festive- it also just makes the space feel inviting and fun.

 Left image via Deer Pearl Flowers

Left image via Deer Pearl Flowers

Jeri - When entertaining outdoors, it’s fun to put some different color cashmere wraps on your dining chairs.  Even though we live in California, it gets cool at night.  Our cashmere ruanas come in a variety of colors and they look so elegant.  For a larger event, consider a basket full of scarves. Your guests will thank you for your thoughtfulness.

 Left image via Gardenology | Right image via Style Me Pretty

Left image via Gardenology | Right image via Style Me Pretty

THE TABLE

TJ - For a simple centerpiece, I like potted herbs, African Violets, cyclamen, or small potted shrubs. Place in small pots, mugs, or vases and give as gifts after the party.

 Left image via Martha Stewart | Right image via Gardening Know How

Left image via Martha Stewart | Right image via Gardening Know How

Abel - Add cute little vintage string bulb lights to your outdoor table. They are battery powered and can be mixed in with florals because of the low voltage or used above a table for a soft light. For refreshments, take a fun spin on classics with boozy popsicles - I love Blueberry Mojito flavor. When the party starts, look chic on a lounge chair with your popsicle and the chill vibe of Lana Del Rey playing the background.

 Image via A Daily Something

Image via A Daily Something

 Image via Broma Bakery - click for recipe!

Image via Broma Bakery - click for recipe!

Brooke - a fully assorted charcuterie board filled with aged cheeses, dried and fresh fruits, olives and some salted meats, your night is complete. I love our wooden and marble cutting boards for serving options. An essential part of my entertaining is music.  A carefully curated playlist for me would include the soulful Charles Bradley and Sam Cooke, the harmonies of Fleetwood Mac, the storytelling of Bob Dylan and the pop of TV on the Radio.

 image via My Domaine

image via My Domaine

Lala - Bloody Mary’s are my favorite, there’s many ways to get creative with the recipe and I love our new Vietri glasses to serve them in.  I love Hotel Costes station on Pandora for calming but trendy tunes. If I want something upbeat or lil more funky I’ll put on The Best Man Movie Soundtrack.

 Left image via Liquor.com | Right image via Gardenology

Left image via Liquor.com | Right image via Gardenology

What are your favorite ways to entertain?

6 Ways to Style your Outdoor Space

The furniture is out and in place, so it’s time to create an inspiring outdoor area that you love, whether it be for working, entertaining or just relaxing. Styling an outdoor space is the easiest way to update it without having to spend an arm and a leg. What’s your vision? If you are not sure what you want the space to look like, get ideas and inspiration from our Pinterest page. We set up boards with different styles of outdoor spaces – from rustic to bohemian. Read on for styling tips and some of our favorite looks.

1- COMFORTABLE SEATING

Seating takes many forms, so if you need to add to your existing patio furniture, think outside of the box with dining chairs, a bench, hammocks or even floor pillows and poufs. Adding pillows in an array of colors, patterns and textures brings life to last year’s furniture and sets a vibe depending on the style you choose.

 rustic bohemian outdoor dining via Carolinelegranddesign.com

rustic bohemian outdoor dining via Carolinelegranddesign.com

 a relaxed rustic outdoor retreat via dpages.com

a relaxed rustic outdoor retreat via dpages.com

2- RUGS

Rugs make the space feel finished but depending on the weather, a rug can potentially dirty very quickly. Make sure to buy an outdoor/indoor material that is easy to clean. We love Dash and Albert, Jaipur and Surya! Use the rugs to section off different areas and create floor flow so your outdoor area feels like an extension of your home.

 outdoor rugs in a casual modern organic outdoor space via bloglovin

outdoor rugs in a casual modern organic outdoor space via bloglovin

 jute rugs separate this outdoor kitchen and dining area via Adoremagazine.com

jute rugs separate this outdoor kitchen and dining area via Adoremagazine.com

3- PLANTS

Nothing brings life to a space quicker than fresh greenery, herbs, or flowers. In a city? Use a window box! When thinking about potted plants, big is definitely beautiful. For a dramatic, inspiring look, large, matching pots containing luscious, fresh plants make a statement and can also be strategically positioned to help with privacy. For a rustic, inexpensive option, keep the mismatched collection of old planters you’ve accumulated over the years and update them with a coat of paint or a shawl of burlap, complimented by some newer concrete pots.

 lush greenery makes this outdoor space feel private via myhabitfix.com

lush greenery makes this outdoor space feel private via myhabitfix.com

 plants in large pots can section off an outdoor space via aestheticyou.nl

plants in large pots can section off an outdoor space via aestheticyou.nl

 mismatched pots with pops of green add a rustic charm- via SFgirlbythebay

mismatched pots with pops of green add a rustic charm- via SFgirlbythebay

4- CREATE VIGNETTES

Creating small vignettes gives an image of sophistication right off the pages of a magazine, or pinterest! Put your favorite things on a shelf and accent it with colored plants. Throw any group of random items together on a tray, and it somehow looks intentional and chic. Bonus, you can use the tray for bringing out refreshments when entertaining.

 vignettes on a shelf -image via House Doctor

vignettes on a shelf -image via House Doctor

 vignettes on a tray -image via digsdigs.com

vignettes on a tray -image via digsdigs.com

5- MIRRORS

Mirrors are a fabulous way to make any room look larger, lighter and brighter – and they work just as well outdoors, too. If you have a small courtyard garden, consider strategically positioning an outdoor mirror or two to ‘double’ the size of your garden zone. Hanging plants and ivy over the edges add a magical feel.

 a mirror in an outdoor space adds elegance -image via coxandcox.co.uk

a mirror in an outdoor space adds elegance -image via coxandcox.co.uk

 a horizontal mirror can double the space of a patio -image via housetohome.co.uk

a horizontal mirror can double the space of a patio -image via housetohome.co.uk

6- LIGHTING

What's the ambience you are striving to achieve? Think string lights for a softer, magical feel or lanterns for a nature-like atmosphere!

 string lights draped over the patio for a magical mood- image via Annettechristian.com

string lights draped over the patio for a magical mood- image via Annettechristian.com

 lanterns in natural textiles for a sophisticated lighting scheme-via marieclairemaison.com

lanterns in natural textiles for a sophisticated lighting scheme-via marieclairemaison.com

Now your patio should be styled and ready to go. Time to work on inviting some friends over- stay tuned for entertaining tips from our team!

Source: 6-Ways-to-Style-Your-Outdoor-Space

Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide

As with buying any furniture, outdoor is just as much an investment as indoor. The outdoor area should be an extension of your interior style, yet durable enough to weather the elements, so where do you start? We put together a quick guide of the basics to make it a hassle-free process for you.

1- Analyze the Area

The best way to choose the furniture that works for you is to think about the overall space and how you want to use it. Do you love entertaining in a formal setting? Then think about creating an extended dining area. Do you prefer casual conversation and comings and goings? Then perhaps a cozy nook with seating around a fire pit is your cup of tea. This is the step where you decide if you need to look at outdoor dining tables, sectionals, chaises or even hammocks. Whatever it is, this is the first step to think about before going to the store to look, or you will buy something you won’t use.

 Left: a mid-century modern teak outdoor unit by Janus et Cie (Tiempo collection) Right: Summer Classics Coast collection - teak outdoor dining table and dining chairs

Left: a mid-century modern teak outdoor unit by Janus et Cie (Tiempo collection)
Right: Summer Classics Coast collection - teak outdoor dining table and dining chairs

2- Measure the Space

Now that you know the type of furniture that you need to look for based on your patio mentality, take into account the layout of where the furniture will be placed. Consider where the sun hits and whether there are any large trees that could pose as a bother. Once you have your designated spots, measure how much space you have to make sure the furniture fits comfortably and people have room to move around, just as you would indoors.

 Lane Venture wicker chairs and slipcovered outdoor sofa

Lane Venture wicker chairs and slipcovered outdoor sofa

3- Materials

There are a few things to take into account when choosing materials. The lesson that countless people have learned is go for quality versus of-the-moment pieces. Backyards, gardens and patios are all about creating memories- so choose furniture that will last, too. The second dictator in choosing material is based on your personal décor style. Do you like more of a rustic patio? Then choose teak. If you’re more of a trendsetter, choose metal furniture. We’ve listed 4 of our favorite high-quality options below:

TEAK – Teak is a tropical hardwood with a rich color that is durable and packed with natural oils to help prevent damage while outdoors. If you have limited storage space, teak looks better with age as it distresses to a slight silver patina over time for an elegant rustic look.

 Century Furniture in collaboration with Candice Olson Luna Teak Chaise

Century Furniture in collaboration with Candice Olson Luna Teak Chaise

RESIN - Poly-rattan and resin weaved together create a relaxed style. Woven pieces are weather resistant and can stay outdoors year round, so no storage is required. Resin is durable and will remain looking like new since it is unlikely to tear or break but keeps the traditional look of weaving techniques to shape pieces that are light, durable and infinitely beautiful.

 Janus et Cie Amari collection - Resin Coated rattan chair and table

Janus et Cie Amari collection - Resin Coated rattan chair and table

 Summer Classics Club Woven collection

Summer Classics Club Woven collection

METAL- the most common metal used in outdoor furniture is aluminum which is lightweight and durable: scratch resistant and will not rust. It requires very little maintenance coming with a special coat, but if you like extra shiny and pristine, you can also store it inside during certain months of the year. The metal look offers a more contemporary look, but many other options start with metal frame covered by other natural materials.

 Harbour Outdoor Balmoral Aluminum collection

Harbour Outdoor Balmoral Aluminum collection

4- Storage

As mentioned above, some materials are better with the elements, while some are recommended to be brought inside during winter months. If a garage or garden shed isn’t available, choose pieces that can be folded and packed away or invest in some protective furniture covers to let it remain outdoors.

Now that you know how to choose your furniture, stay tuned for tips on how to style the space! And of course, our favorite thing to do...entertain!

Who's that Girl?

We’ve been selling them for years, but what is the real story behind the Santos Cage Dolls? While they do have a slightly haunting presence, they are actually amazing works of art! So, we decided to delve into the history of these dolls so the next time a houseguest asks, you have the answer.

The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). Often found in Portuguese or Spanish communities they were originally created to use as personal altars at home, particularly in small villages that did not have a priest, or where it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war. Their development flourished in Europe in the 1700’s and 1800’s, and they were often elaborately dressed and adorned with crowns.

Santos, particularly the females, exhibit a most loving expression that is also complex and thoughtful. Typically, antique Santos dolls have glass eyes but given that they are difficult to find and in high demand the antiques can be quite costly so it is more common to see painted eyes.  Their shape is often rustic in nature, yet each doll possesses certain traits with delicate details that make her beautiful in her own individual way. With these serene expressions, dainty features and soft, rich colors, there is something about them that really makes a statement.  They have a particular quiet charm, so to speak.

So there you have it. Shop our Santos Cage dolls so you can share what you learned with your next house guest. What’s better than a conversation piece?

Staff Picks - The Outdoor Chronicles

September and October are our favorite times of the year in Southern California. If you still haven't perfected your patio space, take a cue from our team. Below, we're including their favorite picks from our selection of outdoor stock, which, by the way, was just reduced to 50% Off!

TOP LEFT: Harbour Outdoor Coast Table: 79L x 40W x 29H | BOTTOM RIGHT: Harbour Outdoor Piano Dining Chair and Club Breeze Chair.

TOP LEFT: Lee Industries Apartment Sofa 70W X 29D x 31H | BOTTOM RIGHT: Harbour Outdoor Pier Armchair 30W X 31D x 16H

TOP LEFT: Assorted printed outdoor pillows | MIDDLE RIGHT: Lee Industries Jasmine Chair, Elaine Smith Outdoor Pillows, Surya Rugs | BOTTOM LEFT: Lee Jasmine Chair and Kiawah Chair

How to Throw a Garden Party

As Summer rolls in, what better way to celebrate a beautiful outdoor space than to throw a garden party! Spending a Saturday night in the yard, enjoying the summer weather and great company means that you can relax a little and let loose. Stop and smell the roses, listen to the music, indulge in some fruity refreshments. Whether your desire is to host a spectacular soiree or a no-frills affair, we're sharing 4 party themes to make it an unforgettable time.

1. The Centerpiece - Use succulents in an array of greens with pops of peach and lilac from our botanical bar.
2. The Guests - it only makes sense to use these succulent note cards as invites or thank you's after the event.
3. The Tabletop - Give your party a sense of occasion by skipping the paper plates and keep things clean and organic with Alex Marshall tabletop.
4. The Food - Get inspired by some delicious recipes from the Bountiful cookbook.
5. The Ambiance - Have a basket of blankets or sweatshirts if the conversation goes late into the night, when the desert winds pick up.  


1. The Centerpiece - group candles together in dark colors with a pop of pink or white.
2. The Guests - choose a letter to be featured on your invites or thank you's, perhaps your initial or P for Paris?
3. The Dishes - get romantic. Start with the dishes stacked in a messy yet ornate way.
4. The Food - serve wine and fruits on these marble serving boards that add a touch of sophistication to the meal.
5. The Ambiance - Get inspired by the Paris cityscapes in this inspiring book and set the mood with Parisian tunes by Serge Gainsbourg and Josephine Baker.


1. The Centerpiece - Use an assortment of glass bottles and fresh wildflowers. (photo credit: The House Gardener)
2. The Guests - feature this handsketched floral journal as a guest book. Bonus, it comes in a pack of 3 so use one as your party planner.
3. The Dishes - Vietri’s crema range offers distinct shapes with a rustic deckled edge
4. The Ambiance - drape our rustic black cord string lights along rails, above the dinner table or among the greenery to set the mood.
5. The Food - Find recipes ideal for warm days in the ‘Flavors of Summer’ cookbook.


1. The Centerpiece - cluster together neutral pottery pieces for a statement.
2. The Guests - feature the inkblot handbook cards and let your guests choose the one they are drawn to and start some interesting conversation.
3. The Dishes - go for oversize, sculptural pieces to show off the fresh flavors of summer.
4. The Comforts - Use Turkish linens as an accent on the table, picnic blanket or to keep guests warm.
5. The Ambiance - Learn how to make a statement in a clean and simple way with this book by Hilary Robertson.

What's Your Patio Personality?

Ahh, summer. Cold lemonade, bare feet, warm desert winds and watermelon. We love summer here at Gardenology for all of those reasons, but also because we love outdoor living! Since summer is in full swing, we rounded up our favorite tips for decorating a dream summer patio based on different decorating personalities. Just click the arrow to reveal the next image in the slideshow.