Around the World: Patio Inspiration

Outdoor living is really heating up the trend scene, and I am right there with it, coveting all the perfectly furnished and decorated outdoor spaces. A basic picnic table and lounge chair duo isn't going to make the cut anymore; outdoor fashion is all about expanding your living space and transforming backyards into outdoor clones of your most comfortable indoor spaces. This season, I'm digging patio inspiration from across the globe. What better way to get away without actually getting away than to bring in some inspiration from the world's exotic locales? Here are four outdoor looks I've put together to help you turn a basic backyard into a summertime escape.


Moroccan Patio Inspiration: Image courtesy of

 Get the look: old-world fountain, blue mosaic tiles, outdoor pillow, outdoor rug, Marrakech hurricane lantern, hand-painted Moroccan plate


Moroccan design is cropping up everywhere in home decor, indoors and out. Mariah Carey even named one of her twins Moroccan after her favorite room in her house. While you may not be ready to name a child after your living room, you can bring a touch of this captivating trend to your own backyard with a few bazaar-inspired designs. Go for elegant and highlight a fountain with these beautiful Moroccan mosaic tiles from Somertile on a patio wall or floor, or capture the magic of Marrakech itself with decorative pieces handmade in Morocco, like this hurricane lantern and beautiful painted plate.


Hacienda Patio Inspiration: Image courtesy of


Get the look: wicker arm chair, handmade hammock, silk cactus, hand-painted Mexican vase, recycled metal sun wall art


I'm itching for a little south-of-the-border style lately. Luckily, it's not too hard to capture the feel Mexico's sun-baked climes and beaches to turn your backyard patio into a hacienda hideaway. Don't you just want to sip margaritas and listen to a little mariachi music in this wicker chair from angelo: HOME? How about an afternoon siesta break under the sun in this beautiful hammock, handmade in Mexico?


 Zen Patio Inspiration: Image courtesy of

Get the look: Japanese lantern, bamboo chandelier, Zen fountain, wicker furniture set, silk bamboo plant


Nothing says relaxation like a calming Zen garden. I'd love to turn my backyard into outdoor sanctuary with some Eastern inspiration and relax to the soothing sounds of this water-pot fountain. The clean lines of this wicker outdoor furniture set emulates the simplicity of a Zen garden, and some Japanese-inspired lighting would look great hanging from a covered patio or gazebo.


 Luau Patio Inspiration

Get the look: Adirondack chair, seashell painting, tiki aloha sign, hibiscus outdoor pillow, green coral outdoor pillow, thatched umbrella


These beachy designs already have me ready for the sun and waves. If I can't satisfy my island fever with a quick jet to the Hawaiian isles, I'll have to settle with my very own back yard tiki bar. Kick off the luau with some fun, tropical printed pillows, and get a little island inspiration from a thatched umbrella. Add a pina colada and a CD of ocean waves, and I may just forget I'm not actually in Hawaii.


Is it time to start sprucing up your own yard? If you're like me, you're ready to spend every evening all summer long out on the patio. What are some of your outdoor decor aspirations?



Posted by Andrea Sparks

Andrea Sparks



Jun. 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM

I love the fountain that is a set of pots pouring into each other!

Jun. 20, 2011 at 12:54 PM

If I had one of these patios, I would just move outside. They are all so loveley. I have a rocking chair and some red geraniums on my porch. A lantern might make an appearance this summer.

Jun. 20, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Ahhhh, I love all internationally inspired patios. Zen is my favorite this year, though. I decorated the space around my garden with bamboo and grey slate rocks. I really want a few statues and a fountain, too. If a teenage boy who wants to learn about karate could help me sand and paint, I could possibly have the Asian-inspired yard of my dreams.

Jun. 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I would love to have that Moroccan patio to hang out on! Lately my lack of porch has been a huge source of unhappiness.I need summer night porch-sitting!

Jun. 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM

maggie, I've got a boy who should be ready in a few years.

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