Even if you plan to take a summer vacation, it seems to go by in the blink of an eye. Now you can extend that look and feel at home with decorative elements that transport you to a breezy destination.

One way to do so is with outdoor furniture and accents. According to Home Depot’s Hila Roberts, they found that customers who decide to put a patio set outside would rather go the extra mile in order to have an outdoor room.

“It’s an extension of the home that you can decorate with string lights, a gazebo and lanterns,” she says. “The key is to create another room out there whether you want to hang out with your family, entertain or decompress.”

Some of their pieces are meant to provide a visual escape inspired by places like the Maldives, St. Barth’s and coastal New England. For instance, Roberts says there is a curved sectional in the Torquay Collection that feels like it belongs on a beach.

The Maldives sectional features a woven seat and an aluminum frame that is rust resistant. Sunbrella fabric appears on the reversible back cushions, with one side in a blue and white pattern and the other in a dark blue shade, which she says is a current outdoor trend.

“You can almost have two looks out of one seat,” says Roberts.

The Deerfield daybed, inspired by beach resorts, is a big hit. “It’s something you might find in Turks and Caicos,” she says. The versatile piece that can easily seat two people has a retractable canopy and an ottoman.

To conjure a New England feel, there’s the Belcourt 4-piece conversation set in cast aluminum with cushions. You can add a chaise lounge for a great poolside vacation vibe.

Outdoor lighting further enhances the laid-back mood like a series of lanterns that come in varying sizes. “You can pair a few together,” says Roberts who recommends filling them with remote ready candles. “They’re a fun and easy way to enjoy the outdoors.”

String lights remain strong this season and are available in styles that complement any outdoor décor. Among their options are those made from natural rattan, vintage-like varieties and a bronzed patio café design that takes on a slightly more elegant tone.

Indoor/outdoor rugs help to complete your outdoor room and tie various elements together, while containers filled with colorful blooms act as decorative accents.

A solar-powered umbrella that lights up at night takes that relaxing atmosphere into the evening.

Gazebos give you that safari feel, especially those that include mosquito netting, which can be especially appealing as they let you enjoy nature while keeping the bugs at bay.

Lastly, Roberts says fire pits have grown in popularity and in size like their Tipton 34-by-34-inch model that sports a basket weave design. This hot trend creates a warm glow just like a campfire.

Whatever you choose, she says, “You can turn your backyard into an oasis.”

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Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at

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