Scenic Outdoor Living Designed For Entertaining

Kari McIntosh Creates a Multifunctional Outdoor Living Space Inspired by the French Countryside

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Julie Mikos
04/07/2017

Spring is finally here (woohoo!), which means for a lot of us in the colder areas of the world, it’s time to start planning our outdoor spaces. This beautiful backyard living space inspired by the colors and textures of the French countryside is sure to help get the ideas flowing.

This Orinda, California based family of four enlisted the talents of designer Kari McIntosh to create an outdoor oasis that was comfortable yet elegant and would highlight their picturesque views of Mt. Diablo. With a husband who is a professional chef, the family often hosts gatherings of various sizes, which Kari thoughtfully considered throughout the design. By providing an assortment of flexible seating and creating 3 distinct sitting areas that flow seamlessly into one another, Kari designed a space that could easily accommodate gatherings both large and small. 

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Julie Mikos
Woven lounge furniture and pillows from Pottery Barn | Blue ceramic stool from Wisteria
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Julie Mikos

“The family that lives here entertains a ton!”, explains Kari. “The husband is a professional chef and owns a catering business. Their outdoor entertaining ranges from multi-course sit down adults only dinners to multiple families together for causal parties of 30+ people. As a result, they needed a dining area that would be extremely comfortable for long dinners and inspire lingering. Originally, they wanted all of the chairs to have arms for this reason, but we went for side chairs without arms to fit more people at a seated dinner.”

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Julie Mikos
Head wooden dining chairs from Restoration Hardware | X-Back Bistro Chairs from Pottery Barn | Custom dining seat cushions by Duralee Fabric
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Julie Mikos

“The entire lounge space was created with flexibility in mind. I suggested the ottomans on the other side of the seating area so that their stellar view of Mt. Diablo would not be blocked and it would provide flexibility. The family can lounge there and kick their feet up during the week and then on weekends they can seat many more people by using the ceramic tables as stools and using the ottomans as seats. For larger parties the dining table becomes a buffet table with flow seating around the lounge area.”

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Julie Mikos
Coffee table from Restoration Hardware
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Julie Mikos

“For the rocking chairs by the bbq, we replaced a small dining area that was intended as ‘sweetheart dining’. The homeowners prefer to have their dining area closer to the house and kitchen and by adding the rocking chairs with the view to Mt. Diablo, the homeowners can sip a glass of wine and connect here after work. When they entertain, a guest or two can chat with the chef manning the bbq to keep him company.”

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Julie Mikos
Rocking Chairs from Frontage  | Blue mosaic table from Crate & Barrel
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Julie Mikos

Kari was able to meet the needs of this dynamic family by creating a multifunctional outdoor space perfect for entertaining and family leisure. Sanctuary Seekers, what does your ideal outdoor space look like?

 

 

 

Meet the designer Kari McIntosh Design
Bio:

I’ve always had an innate eye for design and spent my childhood crafting ballrooms for my dolls. I discovered my interest in architecture from a young age and even took a drafting class in high school. But, after pursuing this passion at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, I quickly realized my preference for interiors and shifted my path accordingly. I completed a post-baccalaureate program at UC Berkeley Interior Design & Interior Architecture with distinction and knew I had found my true calling. I entered the field and later started my own eponymous design firm.

Kari McIntosh Design is a bespoke design firm specializing in residential projects emphasizing personal and beautiful spaces that are as unique as each individual client. From large to small projects, the firm emphasizes collaboration to create a dream home for every client.

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