Inspiring Outdoor Spaces + Our Favorite Sale Picks

It is opening season for outside lounging, patio partying and dinners alfresco. Therefore all we can think about is updating our outdoor spaces. Inspired by those designs that blur the lines between indoors and out, we’re rounding up the most stunning patios, yards, and the like. Have a look at spaces made for enjoying the sunshine and the key to why we love them. Plus, keep scrolling for a few great pieces to help craft your own summer oasis.

Inspiring Outdoor Spaces | Modern Lake House Design | The Identite Collective

design and photography: House Doctor


Inspiring Outdoor Spaces | Outdoor Seating Patio Inspiration | The Identite Collective

design and photography: House Doctor


Natural Textures

We seem to have a theme running throughout every single outdoor pin, WOVEN things. Not only are they a major trend indoors, but outside as well. The texture and laid back style of these natural pieces make them perfect for an open-air setting. Benches, chairs, stools, and baskets… we’ll take all of the above.


Inspiring Outdoor Spaces | Potted Plants and Patio Inspiration | The Identite Collective

via Jenni Kayne | Home of: Emma Grede | Photography: Melissa Gidney

Inspiring Outdoor Spaces | Outdoor Lounge Patio Inspiration | The Identite Collective

via | Photography: Molten Holtum


Potted Greens and Things

Even if your space is limited, adding a variety of potted plants and flowers can create the look and feel of a garden. It adds visual color and texture to tabletops, patios and even mini terraces. Plus, potted plants can create a designated barrier between different outdoor spaces like your eating area and your lounge spot.


Inspiring Outdoor Spaces | Hanging Seat Outdoor Inspiration | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Camille Styles | Photography: Molly Culver


Cozy It Up

Layering in rugs, pillows and blankets really cozies up a space and creates the most inviting outdoor experience. It brings those indoor comforts out and is the perfect way to add color and personality. If you have a good neutral base, it is so easy to swap out smaller pillows and textiles depending on the look you want to achieve.


Inspiring Outdoor Spaces | Outdoor Fireplace Patio Inspiration | The Identite Collective

via Jenni Kayne | Home of: Emma Grede | Photography: Melissa Gidney


Let there be light (or fire)

Outdoor spaces need great lighting too. Whether you opt for cafe lights strung over a patio, a firepit that acts as a gathering spot for s’ mores, or something as simple as candle lanterns, don’t forget to consider additional lighting for nighttime ambiance.


Inspiring Outdoor Spaces | Window Bar Patio Inspiration | The Identite Collective

photography by Hannah Blackmore


Curated Spots for Lounging, Entertaining, etc.

How are you going to use your space? By really thinking about how you typically spend time in your outdoor area, you can outfit it in ways that will truly be utilized. Think an eating area, a spot for gathering and chatting or a lounge for reading alfresco (my favorite).


Inspiring Outdoor Spaces | Outdoor Seating Patio Inspiration | The Identite Collective

via: Homes to Love | Photography: Maree Homer



Favorite Pieces from the World Market Outdoor Sale



Consider this a PSA, World Market is having a 20% off all things outdoor sale and it ends Monday. We’ve gathered our most favorite pieces perfect for everything from a patio refresh to a full-on outfitting of your backyard. Whether you are a classic Adirondack chair and navy stripes kind of person or are all about that laid-back, bohemian vibe, there is a little something for everyone. This bench alone (ok and maybe this chair and this outdoor rug) is enough to send us into daydreams of a whole patio redo. Now excuse us while we go fill our carts.



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Erin Lepperd is an interior designer – turned digital media editor with a penchant for breathtaking interiors. When she’s not gabbing about design, you’ll find her wrangling her wild and wonderful 5-year-old twins, brunching like it’s her job and exploring the wilds of New England as a California transplant.


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