3 Global-Inspired Outdoor Makeovers You Can Copy

Transform your deck or patio with just five elements.

If your patio is a blank slate other than a couple of chairs and a table, turning it into an inviting outdoor room can seem daunting — but it doesn’t have to be. Starting with a few basic pieces, designer Erica Reitman gave one patio three distinctive looks inspired by three spots around the globe: the South of France, Mexico and Morocco. 

Believe it or not, all it took to perk up this patio was a few accessories like plants, pillows and rugs. See the three international-inspired makeovers below, and copy your favorite look at home with just five elements.

South of France

1: Bring a collected feel to your space with vintage picnic baskets. Stack a few on top of one another, and you've got an extra side table.

2: Add subtle color and scent with lavender and other flowering plants peeking out of baskets.

3: Give plain terra-cotta pots a timeworn look by faux whitewashing them.

4: Delicate floral patterns look chic yet relaxed. Incorporate them into your space on pillows, napkins and tablecloths.

5: A soft palette of cream, yellow and blue helps the whole look come together. Let the colors pop with a natural jute or sisal rug.


1: Hardy plants like cacti and other succulents are commonly found in Mexico and are easy to care for. Place plain pots in baskets for added texture. 

2: Add color and comfort underfoot with layered rag rugs

3: Mexican textiles tend to be heavy on color and pattern. Bring this look into your space with plenty of bold patterned pillows.

4: Warm up your patio with a chiminea, traditionally used for heating and cooking in Mexico.

5: Finish with vibrant accents for added personality. Here, a pompom garland is strung over a vintage easel.


1: With their intricate designs, metal Moroccan lanterns can cast a gorgeous glow on your outdoor space. Pick up a few in various sizes and group them together. 

2: Moroccan textiles are big on texture. This fringed pouf can be used as either an extra seat or a side table.

3: Inspired by traditional Moroccan motifs, trellis-patterned rugs are readily available at many price points.

4: Look for plush pillows with lots of embellishments: fringe, sequins, tassels. Stick to a neutral color palette for a unified look. 

5: Dress up basic baskets with easy DIY tassels, and fill them with extra throws and blankets for chilly evenings.

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