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A few months ago when I was strolling through design centers in New York and in Atlanta, I was blown away by the selection of high-end looking indoor/outdoor fabrics and rugs which sacrifice neither style nor substance. While many had price tags that rival the cost of my own home’s kitchen renovation, some were quite reasonable. Fast forward four months, and I now own many of them and actually sneak outside (albeit only for a short 13 minutes) to use them. You see, summertime makes me wanna punch the sun in the face. Being from Florida, all this sweaty season makes me think of is intense humidity, puffy hair and daily 3:00pm splash-’n-dash thunderstorms. Fortunately, I’ve found that some summertastic indoor/outdoor decor that has the power to de-Scrooge me and make me more like a temporary outdoorsy Tiny Tim. So before you run outside and see your follicles start mushroom-clouding, take a look at some of these awesome indoor/outdoor, mildew-resistant products which will make the intense summer a little more bearable. Well, aesthetically-speaking, that is. Come to think of it, maybe the sun needs a makeover. Can large masses of solar-system sustaining energy be on HGTV or does that propose a conflict? Ha!

Sunbrella Velveteen

Velvet you can use outside. Um, like, thank you Sunbrella! Velveteen comes in an assortment of colors and feels amazing to lounge on. Also an excellent idea to use it indoors if you want a glamorous look but have not-so-glamorous, tantrum-throwing little ones who often spill sippy cups on your upholstery.

Outdoor Cabana Trim

Donghia has taken indoor/outdoor upholstery detail to the next level. Their cabana line includes tassles and trim to add that extra layer of designer touch to your outdoor draperies or furniture.

Trina Turk Outdoor Fabric

Sure, all us designers have known about Trina Turk’s line of indoor/outdoor fabric for Schumacher for a few years now, but the new color ways including vivid pinks and greens introduce a fresh palette with that classic Palm Springs touch she brings to everything she designs.

Wavy Stripe Outdoor Rug

Many of the indoor/outdoor rugs at Macy’s look and feel like something from the New York Design Center. At the medium to high price point, you can bring the durability and plush feeling to your own outdoor space with the Spello Wavey Stripe Black indoor/outdoor rug. Does this mean you can run around a muddy yard barefoot then trample all over the rug as it lays pretty on your covered outdoor space? No. You should never do that. Ever.

Pear Rug

If you are the type of person in the market for a great transitional rug with huge silhouettes of halved pears on it, then this is right up your alley. The Grant Au Pear Rug from Macy’s packs a fruity graphic shape and a delicious shade of green certain to add some energy to your outdoor seating area. PS – have you ever had pears on a salad with gorgonzola cheese? I have. In fact, I have had it often and I suggest you do the same. Maybe while seated on your Grant Au Pear rug, yes?

Indoor Outdoor Rug

For outdoor lovers more interested in texture than pattern, the St. Tropez from Ballard Designs is the perfect fit. The borders are custom; choose the right one from their selection of indoor or outdoor fabrics or send your own fabric in to them for a totally custom look. Each rug is loomed in a high/low weave which gives them the look of sisal, but it’s actually much softer. The center of every St. Tropez Rug center is stain, mildew, mold and fade resistant.

Anyone else try any new indoor/outdoor products which totally rocked their summer?

Tell me in the comments below.

3 Responses

  1. The Sunbrella Team says:

    Brian, thanks for the shout out on Sunbrella Velvets!

  2. CplusE says:

    That pear rug is delightful! I also like this paw print rug from Macy's:


    With three active dogs, I figure an outdoor rug will end up with paw prints all over it anyway, so I might as well pretend they are an intentional part of the design! Now there's a good idea for a future post — how to design with pets in mind!

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