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All Year Round

Date published: August 08 2017


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Use of Moorish elements in soft blues has created a fresh outdoors living area

A love of outdoor living and eating throughout the year was the inspiration for this recently reinvented outdoor space in Manhattan Beach, California.

The resulting rooms, by Caroline Burke Designs, make up an extremely comfortable multipurpose living area that allows the clients to enjoy, not only dining al fresco, but comfortable lounging too.

All the furniture is upholstered or slipcovered in outdoor fabrics and designed to feel like they’re indoor pieces. This fun detail follows through to the sun umbrella and perennials fabrics that have been used. However, the outdoor drapery can be closed off should any inclement weather strike, and of course, in the Winter months, allowing the room to be used all year round, as per the brief.

Caroline Burke Designs explain the overall feel is a fresh take on incorporating Moorish elements, notably in soft, interesting blues. In another stylish move, the Moorish pendants that traditionally would have stronger reds, darker blues and ambers were unusually designed with clear glass.

Similarly, the fireplace’s tiles are individual pieces that have been hand-painted and designed, this time with a softer blue/grey. Above and around this, the limestone mantle was intentionally designed oversized for maximum impact.

Other, subtler details make the space sing - the TV is tucked away behind distressed wooden doors, the stone floor is blue, in a Versailles pattern, while an outdoor rug is placed in the seating area to separate the space out. 

Designer: Caroline Burke

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