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:

About Kari McIntosh

After over a decade of industry experience, Kari McIntosh Dawdy left a career in hospitality design to establish her eponymous firm, Kari McIntosh Design, eager to create bespoke, vibrant homes that channeled her clients’ diverse personalities.

A creative with an innate eye for design, Kari spent her childhood crafting ballrooms for her dolls. Interested in architecture from a young age, Kari took drafting class in high school, envisioning her own dream mountain home. After pursuing her passion through California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Architecture program, she quickly realized her preference for interiors and shifted her path accordingly to Business Administration with the intent to continue into the field of Interior Design. After graduating UC Berkeley Interior Design & Interior Architecture post-baccalaureate program with distinction, it was clear that Kari had found her true calling.

About Kari McIntosh Design

Kari McIntosh Design is a bespoke design firm specializing in residential projects emphasizing personal and beautiful spaces as unique as each individual client. From large to small scale projects the firm’s approach focuses on the client; collaborating to create the home of their dreams. KMD’s design philosophy juxtaposes vintage with contemporary, organic elements with streamlined finishes, and custom pieces with the best retail available.

Passionate that good design will enhance your life and time is your most precious commodity; KMD is pleased to offer her experience and services in partnership to create and manage your entire project so that you may focus on your life, family, and work. KMD works with business professionals, young families, and empty nesters alike to create spaces representative of them.

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