If you’ve ever stumbled upon the blog Old Brand New, you know that its author Dabito has a strong sense of personal style. In addition to turning his clients’ spaces into colorful, unique rooms full of character, he also spends time updating his own New Orleans home. While the interior of the space is regularly getting updates, he has admittedly ignored the backyard. With a dilapidated shed and patio, “it was in disrepair,” Dabito notes. “[It’s] taken the beating of time and all things New Orleans — weather, termites, etc. After holding off for almost two years, it was time to update it. Our goal was to have an outdoor space for lounging and entertaining — essentially an extension of our living space that’s warm and cozy.” After a bit of TLC and plenty of hard work, the space has truly come alive—a reflection of the designer’s eclectic personal style. Take a look at the new space, and get a few of his tips for designing an outdoor living room below!
“One of my favorite things to do is to plan the layout of a room and arrange furniture in a way that’s comfortable and conducive to conversations. Apply that same concept outdoors because it’s helpful to map out what kind of environment you want. For our patio that’s about 20 ft x 15 ft., I want the space to feature a lounging area and dining area that essentially becomes a big entertaining area. I placed two Tillary Outdoor Sofas facing each other for a laid-back lounge vibe.”
“The concrete floor is a hot mess. And since we’re talking about bringing the indoors out, it doesn’t get anymore indoors than putting a rug on it. For sunny days, we’ll cover up the floors with two 9×12 braided jute rugs to anchor the space. Then, we layered a kilim rug under the lounge area to separate it from the dining area. The braided jute rugs are super soft, too. Sprinkle some patternful pillows and throws after to recreate that indoor living space.”
“A great way to add ambience besides lighting candles is to add a floor lamp or a table lamp. We also love the look of school house pendant lights and we’ve seen them used mostly indoors. We were happy that we found these that were suited for outdoor conditions.”