Brooke Shields' patio design is a masterclass in the calming, coastal style that will be huge in the summer of 2024

The outside of the model's home exemplifies the look of the season. Designers love its cozy, welcoming aesthetic

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When interior design and outdoor spaces come together, the results are always stunning. This is certainly the case with Brooke Shields's porch.

The model and actress's ingenious patio idea is designed to complement her home. It incorporates a white wicker swing adorned with textured outdoor pillows and a silver anchor sculpture. These textural elements look gorgeous against her natural wood clapboard home and the white railings of her porch.

Interior designers love the coastal decor of Shields's patio. Nina Lichtenstein, Westchester-based interior designer tells Homes & Gardens: 'Renowned actress and model Brooke Shields is celebrated not only for her talent but also for her impeccable sense of style, especially evident in her stunning patio design.'

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She continues, 'With a focus on coastal aesthetics, Brooke's use of white wicker furniture against the backdrop of her natural wood home exemplifies the timeless charm and tranquility of coastal living.' For these reasons, we see coastal style becoming a key outdoor decorating trend of 2024.

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Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein is the founder and principal home designer at her eponymous design studio, based in Westchester, NY. Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves the family's daily needs while nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant living spaces.

Shields's patio furniture idea is another boon to the space. Kathy Kuo, NYC-based interior designer says: 'Wicker furniture is a classic staple of outdoor living spaces and patios—it feels equal parts laidback and sophisticated and it's always the perfect way to anchor a coastal design motif.'

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Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is a celebrated interior designer and international guru within the home and lifestyle space. She has 20+ years of experience in the design industry.

Lichtenstein adds: 'The neutral tones of white wicker beautifully complement natural elements like wood, stone, and greenery. This harmony with nature enhances the coastal theme, evoking a sense of seaside serenity. The calming effect of white wicker against natural wood also promotes relaxation and tranquility.'

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She continues, 'Wicker furniture can transform your outdoor space into a calming coastal retreat. Especially when painted in crisp white tones, Wicker Furniture imparts a sense of lightness and openness reminiscent of coastal cottages. The woven texture adds visual interest while maintaining an unassuming elegance.'

Accessorizing is key to making this type of outdoor seating a comfy and liveable look. Kuo advises, 'I love how expansive Brooke's hanging wicker chair is, plus all the comfy pillows she has adorning it. I can totally image stretching out on this coastal-cozy chair on a summer evening with a good book and a glass of rosé.'

If you're considering leaning into a coastal cottage patio look, design experts think you should go for it. Lichtenstein says: 'Whether you're looking to refresh your own patio or create a coastal-inspired oasis, consider the timeless qualities of wicker furniture to transform your outdoor space into a serene retreat inspired by the sea.'


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Coastal decor is a great way to bring calm, welcoming energy to your space. When the principles of the look are applied on a patio, it creates an even more comfortable oasis. By following Brooke Shields's example, it's easy to recreate this timeless style outdoors.

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.