What better place to have a beach house than on the beach? During episode four of The Beach House, Part III of Perspective New England, interior designer Kate Jackson shops for new outdoor furniture for a backyard makeover worthy of the gorgeous natural setting on the New England coast.
The challenge of the beach house backyard is one that many families face: how can you connect disjointed areas of the backyard in a stylish and functional way? Faced with three separate spaces with three distinct functions, Kate will have to connect the decks using new outdoor furniture and high performance outdoor fabrics, a cohesive color palette and a similar mix of materials.
After sharing the backyard makeover plan with the homeowners, Kate heads off to shop for new outdoor furniture at McKay’s Furniture, an iconic Rhode Island furniture store that also features a Sunbrella fabric kiosk. While shopping, Kate discovers the perfect sectional to replace the worn-out furniture on the deck situated outside the living room. With a modern shape and a dark gray wicker base reminiscent of the beach house’s driftwood-style deck and cedar shake siding, the Kingsley Bate sectional will offer plenty of seating and provide the perfect backdrop for whimsical throw pillows and cozy Sunbrella throws. Plus, by using a similar palette to the living room color palette – neutral upholstery with navy and orange accents – Kate will create a seamless transition from indoors to out.
For the outdoor dining area, Kate chose a teak table from Design Within Reach and paired sturdy director’s chairs featuring marine blue fabric from Serena and Lily with a long teak bench. The nautical-inspired color palette continues to the deck closest to the ocean – which happens to be the homeowners’ favorite but was rarely used due to the lack of comfortable seating – where two new chaise lounges from Kingsley Bate offer a place for stargazing once the kids head off to bed.
Love the look? Check out The Beach House Décor Guide to source the fabrics, colors, furniture and accessories seen in this episode. Keep watching episode five of The Beach House, to find out how Kate uses durable Sunbrella fabric to create a fun space on the third floor for the Hall girls to sleep, play and hang out with friends. If you missed episodes one through three, featuring the house tour and living and dining room makeovers, catch up by visiting the episodes page.
The Beach House video series is part of Perspective New England, a design journey exploring the versatility of Sunbrella fabrics for every aspect of your life—at home, on the water or on an adventure. Also check out The Rhode Yacht, a 1977 Airstream Argosy transformed by Sunbrella, and The Real Yacht, a Morris Yachts M36 brought to life with Sunbrella. Follow the entire project on Twitter and Instagram @Sunbrella and #PerspectiveNE.