Styling your outdoor oasis

Story by Paula Magrini + Photo by Anne Caufmann

Maybe you’re entertaining friends, hosting a family celebration or simply soaking up the nearby surf and sand. No matter the occasion, the design and functionality of your outdoor spaces matter. Kelly Caron Designs offers a few tips for elevating your moments al fresco.

Hosting Tip: BE PRESENT Take off your hosting hat to engage in conversations, indulge in cheers, and savor the memorable setting you’ve created.


When spectacular sweeping ocean views are the focus, we suggest a more subtle porch palette with light, natural tones. Here we framed the breathtaking beach below with ivory brick walls, graceful columns and an understated yet elegant floor tile, allowing the brilliant sky, lush palm trees and azure water to pop.


Optimizing beach ambience, including salty breezes and gently crashing waves, called for a seamless approach beginning with oversized glass doors that open to a screenless porch. The resort décor complements the scene beyond the railing, with a playful paradise theme plus island-style lanterns and native greenery.


Invite your guests to experience the oceanfront with a seaside celebration, featuring the fruits of the Lowcountry’s fall season, coastal savories and refreshing sips. Dress your table with bright, whimsical touches, from colorful goblets to vibrant Southern linens. Just add the Spotify playlist!

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