Experts never use the word 'cozy' to describe a yard – but actress Paloma Bernardi's space changes that

'Never before has the word "cozy" been associated with the garden': this furnishing is the secret behind her soothing space

Paloma Bernardi
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Yards – particularly urban yards – are almost never celebrated for being 'cozy', but in some cases, this adjective fits. One example is Paloma Bernardi's backyard. 

The Brazilian actress, known for Netflix's The Chosen One, resides in a home in São Paulo – and its urban garden has got design experts talking. The most provocative feature of all? Her curved outdoor furniture

In her posts, Paloma is pictured on a cocooning circular seat, complete with a large wicker base and back. Retro aesthetics aside, however, this furnishing is best admired for its practical and therapeutic qualities. Here's what experts have to say.

'Never before has the word ‘cozy’ been associated with the yard. Historically, backyards have been utility spaces or for aesthetic value, such as decorative botanical gardens. Now, however, people want to give their garden a cozy feel, making it an extension of their homes,' begins Moda Furnishings' CEO, Jonny Brierley. 

'With the introduction of softer outdoor-use upholstery and lighting... people are applying the same interest in the design of their homes to the design of their backyard. This also comes with the increase in popularity of outdoor cinema experiences and the availability of outdoor heating systems.'

Garden furniture expert
Jonny Brierley
Garden furniture expert
Jonny Brierley

Jonny Brierley is a garden furniture expert and CEO of UK-based outdoor furniture company Moda Furnishings. The brand focuses on unique, functional, visually attractive, high-quality, and luxurious pieces. The brand's designers, led by Jonny, have incorporated several clever functions to maximize your outdoor living experience while oozing style.

While all of these features have their benefits, curved furniture, especially pieces like Paloma's, is the most therapeutic of all, say psychologists.

According to Martin Preston from Delamere Health, geometric shapes, including circles, offer a sense of 'security and similarity,' meaning they are easy to use throughout the home – or in this case, the yard.

'Simplistic shapes like these provide a feeling of stability and assurance,' Martin says. He adds that people often associate circles with the shape of the earth, sun, and moon, which consequently provokes a 'feeling of trust and authority.' What more could we desire from our backyard? 

We're buying into Paloma's backyard with this therapeutic piece (available via Wayfair) below.

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.