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Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces in the Hamptons

Designers call on color, pattern, and texture to bring inviting style to a variety of alfresco spaces

Written by Emily Benda
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    Cozy furniture, chic accessories, and just the right mix of patterns are must-haves for an elegant and inviting outdoor entertaining area. Take inspiration from the creative minds at the 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse. In their designs of porches, terraces, and poolside patios, they brought distinctive perspectives of balanced and beautiful open-air spaces.

    Covered Porch by Gregory Shano & Michael Giannelli for East Hampton Gardens

    Classic blue-and-white sets the tone for the terrace and porch designed by Gregory Shano and Michael Giannelli of East Hampton Gardens. A Brown Jordan love seat and chairs on the porch mesh beautifully with the colors and patterns of chinoiserie porcelain. A neutral outdoor rug from Stark and draperies crafted of Thibaut fabric ground the sea of blue.

    Photography: John Bessler & Werner Straube 
    Produced by Jenny Bradley Pfeffer

    White furniture with blue-and-white cushions “Calcutta”: Brown Jordan;
    Oriental jars vintage: East Hampton Gardens;
    Candle lanterns “Newport”: Napa Home and Garden;
    Pillows on chairs custom.
    Pillow fabric “Oasis Awning Stripe” in Kiwi: Thibaut;
    Mirror vintage.
    Rug “Tiki Way” in Balsa: Stark Carpet;

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    Terrace by Gregory Shano & Michael Giannelli  for East Hampton Gardens

    More cozy seating areas extend onto the terrace, each cooled by its own umbrella and lush green potted plants.

    White chaise with wheels and corner tables “Calcutta”: Brown Jordan;
    Umbrellas in Sunbrella navy stripe: Pottery Barn;
    Blue metal rope chairs vintage: Brimfield Antique Flea Markets;
    Rug “Sissel”: East Hampton Gardens;

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    Terrace by Gregory Shano & Michael Giannelli for East Hampton Gardens

    “When it comes to outdoor spaces, we like the idea of creating rooms with different uses, so there’s a sense of intimacy for you and your guests,” Shano says. “Plants of different shapes and sizes provide walls, and outdoor curtains or umbrellas create privacy.”

    Interior designers: Gregory Shano and Michael Giannelli, Gregory Shano Interiors for East Hampton Gardens, 57 Miller Lane E, East Hampton, NY 11937; 917/689-9795;

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    Covered Porch by Lisa Mende for Woodard

    Lisa Mende brings a splash of citrus flavor to her porch space with Perennials textiles. “Playful Plaid” fabric in the Tutti Frutti hue forms energetic pillows and draperies that complement ottomans covered in preppy “Jake Stripe” fabric—in juicy Mandarin. Patio furniture by Woodard gives guests plenty of cozy spots to unwind, something that Mende believes is crucial to outdoor design. “Comfortable chairs are a must because outdoor spaces are where we want to relax,” she says. “It’s important to keep the space enjoyable and inviting.”

    Plaid curtains, pillows, tiebacks “Tutti Frutti” in coral: Perennials;
    Curtain rods and hardware “Smooth Pole Rod with Black
    French Return”: Select Drapery Hardware;
    Woven chairs “Bayshore” #S509501, chair cushions “Sailcloth Salt 89Y”: Woodard Furniture;
    Orange scarves on chairs: no longer available.
    Floral pillow fabric “Citrus Garden” Primary 175760: Schumacher;
    Table “Glade Island”: Woodard Furniture;
    China, crystal, and flatware: Replacements, Ltd.;
    Square ottomans “Candelo”: CR Laine;
    Striped fabric “Jake Stripe” in Mandarin; Perennials;
    Chandelier and lamps “Custom Gilded Shell Chandelier” and “Custom Blue Alabaster Lamps”: Louise Gaskill;
    Mirror “Gampel Stoll Vintage Palm”: through Lisa Mende Design;
    Chairs against wall “Van Dyke” dining chairs in Aged Teak: Woodard Furniture;
    Plants: NDI;

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    Covered Porch by Lisa Mende for Woodard

    A custom chandelier by Louise -Gaskill brings in more beachy summertime flair. “It’s made of hand-gilded shells and vintage Murano glass,” Mende says. “Louise took my vision and created a one-of-a-kind piece.” Its watery blues repeat on the tasseled cloth covering the table—set for a fun, relaxed gathering with colorful dinnerware from Replacements, Ltd.

    Interior designer: Lisa Mende, Lisa Mende Design, 2222 Delpond Lane, Charlotte, NC 28226; 704/561-1466;

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    Terrace by Libby Langdon

    For her sun-drenched terrace areas, Libby Langdon delivers sophisticated, functional style with a mix of pieces from her furniture collections for NorthCape. “My goal was for the furnishings to feel like an extension of an indoor space, just as comfortable and inviting as your living room,” she says.

    Dining set “Libby Mooring”: NorthCape;
    Blue-and-white indoor--outdoor rug “Ocean Madison” from Libby Langdon Hamptons collection: KAS Rugs;
    Blue vases with hydrangeas #564-55-15515: Bradburn Home;
    Goblets with crab design vintage: Vietri;
    White wine goblets: IKEA;
    Coral and starfish on table: Blooming Shells;
    Hurricane vases “Vintage Mariposa Seeded Glass”: Replacements, Ltd.;
    Plates “Vintage Aqua Pesce” in aqua and cobalt: Vietri;
    Silverware and blue knives: designer’s personal collection.
    Wine caddy “Vintage Silver”: Two’s Company;
    Blue table runner: “Linen Double Hemstitch” in navy blue: Williams Sonoma;
    Aqua pillows on chairs custom boudoir pillow in “Libby’s Groovy Gate” fabric, dark blue pillow on chair “Boudoir” in navy, fabrics on chair cushions Sunbrella in navy with white welt and Spa with white welt: NorthCape;

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    Terrace by Libby Langdon

    Two seating areas feature resin wicker pieces, while another uses gorgeous all-weather upholstery. Cushions covered in navy fabric with white welting reflect crisp, classic Hamptons style.

    White chair with navy cushions “Libby Langdon Ridgewood Outdoor Chair”: NorthCape;
    End table “Libby Langdon Ridgewood End Table with Lusso Top”: NorthCape;
    Rug “Spa Highview” from Libby Langdon Hamptons collection: NorthCape;

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    Terrace by Libby Langdon

    Playful patterns and pops of aqua—notably on two rugs that are part of Langdon’s outdoor collection for KAS Rugs—add a fresh twist. The designer’s vases for Bradburn Home hold a beautiful finishing touch for the gathering spots with lush bouquets of freshly clipped hydrangeas. 

    Interior designer: Libby Langdon, Libby Langdon Interiors, 212/501-0785;;

    Aqua-and-white pouf “Libby Langdon Outdoor Pouf” in “Groovy Gate” fabric, woven furniture “Libby Langdon Dunemere Swivel Rockers and Love Seat” in Canyon Gray, cushions Sunbrella in white and striped canvas for Libby Langdon Dunemere collection, coffee table “Libby Langdon Mooring Coffee Table,” bench seat “Libby Langdon Dunemere Dining Bench,” cushion on bench “Groovy Gate” fabric in navy and white, and stacked end tables “Libby Langdon Mooring Nesting End Tables”: NorthCape;
    Tote bag with towels canvas in white and navy: Pottery Barn;
    Towels Reversible awning stripe in navy and Seabreeze with embroidery: Pottery Barn;
    Aqua pillow on chair Sunbrella canvas fabric in Spa: NorthCape;
    Umbrella “Groovy Gate” fabric in navy and white: NorthCape;
    Rug “Spa Madison” from Libby Langdon Hamptons collection: KAS rugs;

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    Pool Terrace by Chris Mead for English Country Home

    Serenity sings in Chris Mead’s poolside terrace design. The space features clean lines, neutral hues, and a hint of vintage character from his antiques store, English Country Home. While a sleek, modern white sectional with pillows covered in textural striped fabric invites lounging, statuesque concrete garden stools and concrete-and-glass tables contrast the softness and layer in warm, earthy tones.   

    Interior designer: Chris Mead, English Country Home, P.O. Box 1995, Bridgehampton, NY 11932; 631/445-2625;

    All items available at English Country Home;

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  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.