Mike Tyson uses this ancient garden feature to zone his backyard – and it will likely impress for centuries ahead

Originating from Ancient Eygpt, this is the most time-honored way of making a statement outdoors – and it's never looked as fitting as it does in Tyson's space

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When looking for outdoor decorating inspiration, many of us (understandably) gravitate toward future design trends. However, in the case of Mike Tyson's Las Vegas abode, inspiration comes from the past—or 1400 BC, to be exact.

The celebrated boxing pro shared a glimpse inside his backyard, complete with black-hued rattan seating, a shaded monochromatic day bed, and a pool. While we can talk for hours about how his wicker furniture is right on trend, we admit that we were distracted by Tyson's wooden pergola that houses (what appears to be) his hot tub.

Pergolas have evolved as a backyard staple, and since they are such an accepted part of modern gardens, we would be forgiven for thinking that this feature is wholly contemporary. However, pergolas have existed in some form since as early as the Ancient Egyptian era. According to reports, the first pergolas were said to belong to a high court official in Egypt in 1400 BC and were usually used by the wealthy for shade from the sun. Thousands of years later, they have emerged as a more common exterior feature and nobody has made a case for the pergola quite like Tyson.

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While many garden trends come and go, the pergola evidently has an enteral appeal – but what makes this feature so timeless? Experts say the combination of functionality (most specifically, how we can use it to zone a space) and aesthetic appeal means it will continue to impress through the centuries.

'Pergolas zone an area and create a separate space within the garden. They’re also a perfect space for entertaining and provide a shaded spot from the spring sunshine. It also gives the feeling you’re actually in a room outside,' comments the design team at luxury furniture experts at BoConcept.

According to the team, a classic wooden frame, like Tyson's, is the quintessential way to bring the pergola into our yard. However, there are other options that may feel more modern in a contemporary garden.

'You could opt for a decorative wood frame that will add a classic feel; however, these may require more maintenance. On the other hand, a metal or aluminum frame will provide a more contemporary look and will also be more weather friendly and robust.'

pergola and outdoor seating area with festoon lighting

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When decorating the space inside our pergola, it's important to continue with the same decorating rules we apply to the rest of our exterior space. As mentioned, in Tyson's space, he placed a pergola over his hot tub while his black and white furniture sat on his patio. However, wherever we place our furniture, the expert tips remain the same.

'In order to give the indoor-outdoor flow, your garden could adopt the color scheme, style, or textures of your living room,' they say. 'Perhaps using the same accessories throughout or patterns and colors which make you feel at home. The most crucial thing in creating your outdoor space is that it provides an environment in which you can truly relax.'

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Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.