Take It Outside


Chris Roughan


Making the most of your home’s outdoor areas can double your living space, says Chris Roughan. “You see this type of living all the time in California, and people on the East Coast have finally caught on,” she says, referring to large retractable glass doors that open a whole wall to a deck or patio. For clients who live on the water, Chris created a four-season “glass house” entertaining area with heated floors, upholstered seating and a dining table positioned for optimal views. The contractor (Tim O’Malley of Argus Development) took Nano doors from Europe and customized them for the structure, she says. Then Chris installed custom decorative drapes for ambience. “It feels like you’re at a spa at night with the soft summer wind blowing the draperies” made of a Corragio fabric that’s waterproof, stain-proof and sun-proof.

A must-see home and garden shop for unique accessories, Devonshire of Palm Beach sells Balinese hanging lanterns, Spain pottery, Moroccan ginger jars and select items from France, England and Italy, antiques and more. For outdoor furnishings, Chris likes the custom colors from McKennon & Harris. Her favorite outdoor fabrics are Holly Hunt and Schumacher.

Ammonite from Farrow & Ball is such a versatile hue. “It really changes in the light,” Chris says. “Sometimes it looks gray. Sometimes it’s more ivory with a hint of light blue.”

left and opener: A custom sectional with side table by Palacek gives the family plenty of room for lounging. The round dining table from Restoration Hardware is set for entertaining. Café chairs are also from RH. right: The dog loves the McKinnon & Harris lounge chair and ottoman as much as the rest of the family does. Outdoor carpet is from Stark. – Photographs by Jane Beiles
right: The red brick Georgian Revival home – Photographs by Jane Beiles


Marcia Tucker Interiors

As a designer who also specializes in yacht interiors, Marcia turns to luxe marine-grade furnishings for homes, too, especially for outdoor spaces. Collections such as those by Italian designer Paola Lenti bring color and sophistication to yachts as well as patios, with many pieces made from marine-grade roping that can tolerate extreme weather conditions and still look like new. Marcia draws inspiration from the cocoon-like comfort of yacht cabins. “We focus on comfort inside, making it feel very cozy by bringing in textures, soft carpeting, linens, blankets, lots of layering. All the walls have to be upholstered. Everything inside is wood with textiles on the walls,” she says. “We bring that same feeling of coziness to our residential projects.”

Don’t buy the whole furniture set from one collection. Marcia advises mixing styles of furniture—say, a coffee table from a different line. Adding a rug is another way to make the outdoor room feel more cozy.

Perennials and Sutherland outdoor furniture line is “one of the best,” Marcia says. She loves the outdoor rug line from Loro Piano and many pieces from Paolo Lenti (she is the exclusive marine dealer in our area). For wallcoverings, she likes the hand-painted and hand-embroidered collections from Fromental.

In this pool cabana and outdoor entertaining space, the white slipcover sofas are from Flexform (made so they can be sat on with wet swimsuits) and coffee table by Etel Design. The other furniture, the low-slung slatted coffee table and rugs are from Paola Lenti. – Photographs by Neil Landino


Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design

Trick out your patio or other outdoor space by surrounding it with comfortable cushions and pillows and plenty of comfortable seating, Amy says, as she did here for her family’s poolhouse, which she calls “the ultimate oasis.” Don’t forget the lighting: Install an overscaled light fixture, but as you would with an interior room, make sure it’s wet- or damp-rated.

Large potted plants enliven a home, whether they’re placed indoors or out. “Flowers and plants just make me happy,” says Amy, who decorates her pool house with “a menagerie” of large potted plants that she brings inside during the winter months. “I love the green so much in my house.”

Amy is a huge fan of the custom hand-painted grasscloth Surfaces by David Bonk, a San Francisco-based artisan. “David is always accommodating for custom colors and open to rescaling and customizing his papers for our interiors,” says Amy. “Of course, we can never do anything simple and standard!”

Earthy, scented hand soaps from Aesop are on Amy’s must-have list, especially the Aromatique Hand Wash and Balm.
“I give it as gifts to clients and put it in my studio.”

Restoration Hardware and Dedon chaises under Tucci’s Manta umbrellas in charcoal provide the perfect perch for lounging poolside. – Photographs by Amy Vischio
Protected from the elements, the Hirsch poolhouse extends the outdoors, finished in natural colors and materials with plants all around. – Photographs by Amy Vischio


Amy Zolin


To elevate a terrace, patio or other alfresco spaces, Amy relies on outdoor rugs. “Choose a solid textured weave that’s kid- and pet-friendly, so it’s easy to clean,” she says. She likes the indoor-outdoor selection at Jaipur Living.

Brighten up a patio with patterned throw pillows and table linens. Amy’s pick: Citrus Garden, based on an iconic pattern Joseph Frank created for Schumacher. “It’s infused with color and wit and instantly recognizable,” Amy says. It’s available as a pillow or table linens by Matouk. To light up your outdoor living spaces, Amy recommends cordless Zafferano lanterns, which run on batteries and can be dimmed.

Her ultimate scented candle is the Baobob Collection in Stones—Lazuli, available at
The Home Boutique of Greenwich. For throws, Amy likes the Nash collection from Uniquity, which is woven in Belgium of a special linen and mixed fibers.

Lanterns, plants and yellow-toned cushions infuse this outdoor living room with a sunny sensibility. – Photographs by Neil Landino

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