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Summer Styling Essentials: How to Bring the Outdoors into Your Home

Bringing a love of balmy days and alfresco entertaining into your place is a breeze with these bright and sunny style ideas.

Miami Dining Chair, Coco Republic
Miami Dining Chair, Coco Republic

The sun is out a little earlier, the days are a little longer, the sweet scent of jasmine is filling the air – summer is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited. And while we’ve all probably spent enough time indoors in our homes, you can bring the best of summer style into your home.

Bringing in greenery with leafy indoor plants is an obvious way to bring the outdoors in and the following ideas, accessories and appeal of the great outdoors can set up a home within your place to prolong that balmy-day vibe and coastal appeal more permanently. Here are some key summer style essentials to get right to transform your home into a haven of eternal sunshine.

Monte Cushion, Pampa
Monte Cushion, Pampa
Pale Timber & Rattan

For those who may not want to commit to a full coastal look of timber furniture, sea-life-decorated accessories or driftwood-inspired decor, there are ideas we can borrow from this beloved summer style scheme that you can introduce into your existing space. Pale oak timber pieces and rattan elements introduce natural textures and tones that inspire a light, breezy feel. 

Miami Dining Chair, Coco Republic
Miami Dining Chair, Coco Republic

Look to perhaps updating your dining setting with a sturdy timber table like the Cayman table from Provincial Home Living or even replacing your dining chairs with the relaxed yet polished Miami dining chairs from Coco Republic. On a smaller scale, woven baskets and bowls bring a summery tactile touch – try the varied range of options available from Shack – as do the woven natural-fibre cushions from Pampa and the beautifully tactile rugs from Armadillo in a range of nature-inspired tones.   

CHUMBES Floor Cushion in Terra, Halycon Lake
CHUMBES Floor Cushion in Terra, Halycon Lake
Colours & Patterns

A striped beach umbrella or awning instantly conjures visions of sunny days under a canopy in Positano, afternoons by the pool or with the golden sand between your toes. The vibrant, bold punch of stripes is an easy summer decorative element to introduce into your home, and via cushions is an easy, interchangeable way to bring the outdoors in. We’re loving the intricate, dimension-defining and colourful Ames Chumbes floor, throw and bolster cushions designed by Mae Engelgeer, available from Halcyon Lake

Bornn Enammelware, JDV Store
Bornn Enammelware, JDV Store

Another easy way to bring hue-happy stripes is with a versatile mat from Laze. This local brand is a collaboration between stylist Nat Turnball and artist Alice Oehr with graphic mats that can be used as a feature rug or picnic or beach rug and is guaranteed to turn heads with its patterned form. And for the table, indoor or out, turn to the marbled, watercolour-inspired finishes of the latest Borrn Enamelware range from JDV Store. The watermelon, pistachio and Aegean blue hues will delight at every mealtime or moment with a cup of tea or coffee. 

MILOU MILOU
MILOU MILOU
Lots of Linen

The love affair with linen runs strong into summer, as the natural material is a brilliant bed choice that keeps you cool during the night while its tactile feel is inherent to its appeal, getting only softer and more comfortable with age and use.  

Como Linen Sofa, James Lane
Como Linen Sofa, James Lane

A summer style stable, you can look to update your bedlinen with sustainability in mind with the gorgeous collection from Milou Milou. This clever Sydney brand utilises end-of-line or deadstock European flax linen with sheets, pillowcases and quilt covers made to order. reducing Milou Milou’s environmental impact. And consider taking linen to your furniture pieces for a summer style statement to appreciate all year round – we love James Lane’s Como Linen Darling 1.5-seater sofa in a soft blue hue, reminiscent of clearing skies.  

Summer is nearly here and we’re keen to get your living spaces sharing that same bright sunny outlook with decorating ideas, accessories and furniture choices to bring the outdoors in. For ways to bring Mother Nature’s bounty of blooms and greenery in, turn over a new leaf with our overview of hardy indoor plants and arrange pretty posies and bouquets in our pick of the latest vase bunch.