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Mixin’ Up Outdoor Decor with Jen Pinkston

Guest blogger and style star Jen Pinkston of theeffortlesschic.com mixes up her outdoor decor to create a fashionably fun fair-weather escape … 

The idea of mixing prints in fashion isn’t anything new, but it couldn’t be more popular now.  From florals to flamingos, stripes and stars—anything goes!  When hayneedle.com asked me to interpret some of my favorite fashion trends for the great outdoors, I jumped at the chance! By mixing stripes with florals and ginghams, you can really add a lot of depth to your indoor and outdoor design. We created this outdoor garden party to show you just how easy it can be.

With the weather warming up (or fully ablaze like we have been here in Los Angeles!), some days you just want to be outside. Just because you don’t have a pool or great deck doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the day lounging in the sun with a couple of friends.

We anchored our set up with this rope hammock from Island Bay, because there really isn’t a better way to relax and unwind on a sunny afternoon, is there? After laying out our favorite gingham picnic quilt, we began to fill the space with other cushions and pillows that people could use to lounge.  We chose these floral pillows and mixed them with this oversized outdoor pouf.  I love the idea of mixing the poufs into your normal outdoor furniture when you are expecting more guests than usual.  I fell in love with this deluxe hammock pillow and the print worked perfectly with the others we had already chosen.  When mixing a lot of different prints, keep the color palette similar.  In this case we used gray as our base color to tie everything together.

Last summer I became obsessed with bocce ball!  It is so much fun!  We spray-painted this set to go along with our lavender and gray theme.  In the spirit of mixing, we set out a combination of sweet and savory bites for friends to indulge in and a mix of our favorite dishes.  We used these pretzel rolls to create these brie, avocado, and turkey sandwiches and plated them on these Lenox Floral Fusion plates.  Who knew a plate could be so pretty?!  These Lenox Chirp dessert plates are the sweetest and the matching tiered server is super useful for setting out different types of treats and for adding height to your set-up.  I love how all of these dishes add a vibrant pop of color to our more subdued hues.

Make the space cozier by adding container plants like this Madison planter around the area and leaving out some of your personal favorite reads for friends to enjoy and, voila! The perfect luxe lounge, all summer long!

- Jen Pinkstontheeffortlesschic.com

Photography by Nichole Gibbons

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