Model and actress Chrissy Teigen gave us a view of her porch deck and we are already itching to redo ours.
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The Sports Illustrated personality showed off the outside of her home, featuring perfectly put-together design, giving us lots of deck ideas. The base of the deck is made up of large gray slate slabs. Marble planters hold twisting trees and hanging succulents. The warm, organic curves of the furniture and the plants contrast with the glass walls of the home and the linear, industrial railing behind her. This combination of natural and contemporary elements echoes one of this year’s biggest design trends: the mid-century modern look.
What defines a mid-century modern outdoor space? Virginia-based interior designer Lauren Brantley says that ‘a harmonious marriage of minimalist design, functional elements, and a strong connection with nature characterizes a midcentury modern porch/deck. She adds ‘clean lines, organic shapes, and natural materials such as teak wood and stone play a significant role in defining this aesthetic.’ As for the colors most commonly associated with this aesthetic, Lauren says ‘neutral color palettes are often used as a canvas, while pops of vibrant hues like mustard yellow or teal may be added as accents.’ This philosophy is strongly embodied in Chrissy’s space, which features bold leafy plants and organic shapes alongside sleek modern lines.
Lauren is a Lynchburg, Virginia-based interior designer passionate interior dedicated to creating beautiful, functional spaces with her clients' needs in mind. She began Lauren Ashley Designs in 2017. She has a B.S. in Fashion and Interiors and an MA in Design and Visual Communications.
Far from being built for looks alone, experts say that a mid-century modern deck can have several benefits. Lauren Brantley says ‘first and foremost, it creates a timeless and sophisticated outdoor space that appeals to a wide range of tastes. The emphasis on functionality ensures that the porch/deck is not only visually appealing but also practical for various activities, from relaxation to outdoor entertaining.’ Interior designer Nicolas Kaiko adds, stating that midcentury modern exterior design ‘creates a seamless flow between your indoor and outdoor spaces. This can make your home feel larger and more integrated with its surroundings.’ This seamless flow makes the space perfect for the warmer months when the deck becomes an extension of the home interiors. Chrissy and her husband John Legend likely take full advantage of the entertaining possibilities of this space.
Nicholas Kaiko, founder of Kaiko Design Interiors, is a highly sought-after interior designer based in Sydney, Australia. With over a decade of experience in the interior design industry, Nic has honed his skills as an interior architect and decorator, working on luxury hotels and high-end residential projects both locally and internationally.
Mid=century modern outdoor spaces can also be beneficial for your mental health. Lauren says ‘the use of natural materials and a strong connection with nature fosters a sense of tranquility and well-being, making the space a perfect retreat for homeowners and their guests.’ The feeling of being surrounded by plants creates a relaxing summer feel that Chrissy embodies in her multi-colored bikini and white sarong.
Be sure to check out more ideas to create the perfect outdoor space for relaxing and entertaining and shop the mid-century modern edit below to build your own outdoor oasis this summer.
This gray ceramic planter is perfect for use in and out of doors. The naturally textured finish lends the plant pot an elegant earthiness.
This gray ombre accent stool is perfect for adding a bit of organic, modern detail to an outdoor space. Its drum shape is chic while its concrete fashioning is incredibly functional.
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I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus 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 based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.
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