Video: Americana Themed Backyard Makeover – With Pier 1 Imports!

May 24, 2015 Decorating

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I hinted at a secret web series I was filming out in LA a few weeks ago and I can finally share that I’ve teamed up with Pier 1 Imports for a series of videos showing you four ways to transform your backyard for the summer season! I’m excited to reveal the first video which is all about creating a festive, Americana-themed outdoor living room perfect for a patriotic BBQ celebration. Click the video below for my top tips on outdoor decorating and entertaining plus see how I transformed a blank canvas patio into the ultimate backyard lounge. I also included links below for the key items in the video so you can create this look in your own yard!

Takeaway Tips

1. Plan your seating layout to encourage conversation. Keeping all of the furniture low helps create a more intimate vibe. 2. Incorporate the same layers you would in an indoor living room to bring personality to your outdoor space. Think rugs, pillows and cushions but in durable outdoor fabrics that are UV resistant and can hold their own in the elements. 3. Bring in a fire pit which will add a warm, ambient glow and create a cozy vibe as your party transitions from day to night. 4. Mix and match different prints and patterns to create create visual interest. 5. Don’t forget those perfect tabletop accents and serving pieces to coordinate with your outdoor decor!

Nicole Gibbons Pier 1 Americana Backyard Get The Look
  1. Echo Beach Sofa 2. Americana Welcome Sign 3. Cobalt Jute Trim Pillow and Red Stripe Jute Trim Pillow 4. Mason Jar Drink Dispenser 5. White Lantern String Lights 6. Patriotic Wood Curl Arrangement 7. Echo Beach Ottoman 8. Star Bowls Set 9. Monaco Tray 10. Echo Beach Swivel Chair 11. Red Stripe Napkin 12. Citronella Mason Jar Candles 13. Cobalt Pitcher and Margarita Glass 14. Echo Beach Bar 15. Montauk Lantern 16. Garden Stool 17. Hammered Beverage Server 18. Floral Appliqué Pillow and American Flag Tapestry Pillow 19. Fire Pit 20. Americana Stripe Rug

A Kips Bay Designer Showhouse Favorite: Alessandra Branca’s “Le Salon Rouge” Living Room

May 22, 2015 Decorating
Kips Bay Showhouse 2015 Alessandra Branca 4

At this year’s Kips Bay show house one room I absolutely loved was Alessandra Branca’s salon style living room. Alessandra dubbed her space, “Le Salon Rouge” which is quite appropriate seeing as though red is a signature color that permeates some of her best known designs. Her room for Kips Bay was, of course, was full of red accents set against a backdrop of red cotton voile ticki …

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We Won an Emmy Y’all!

May 20, 2015 Notes from Nicole

Hey Guys! I’ve been fairly quiet here on work related updates but wanted to share some crazy, exciting news! For those of you that don’t know I’m on a TV show called Home Made Simple that airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network and a few weeks ago the show won a Daytime Emmy Award win for Outstanding Lifestyle Program! We were also nominated last year but we didn’t win so it was a fabul …

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Before & After: Tilton Fenwick’s Kips Bay Dining Lounge

May 19, 2015 Decorating
Tilton Fenwick - Kips Bay Showhouse 2015 Butler's Pantry

The Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse is by far one of the most inspiring show houses of the year and what always impresses me most is the creativity with which the designer’s tackle the toughest challenges when it comes to decorating their space. While some participating designers are lucky to be assigned an amazing room in pristine condition with a perfect layout, other designers end …

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10 Hard to Kill Houseplants

May 11, 2015 Decorating
Top 10 Hard to Kill Houseplants

As much as I pride myself on my domestic abilities I must admit that when it comes to maintaining houseplants, I am a notorious brown thumb! I love plants because they add wonderful color and life to your home, but I’ve never been particularly successful in keeping any plant alive for an extended period of time. I recently took home this succulent (pictured above) from a photoshoot and …

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Inside Gracias Madre – West Hollywood’s Most Popular Mexican Hotspot

May 5, 2015 Inspiration & Ideas
A peek inside the chic interiors of West Hollywood Hotspot Gracias Madre -

In honor of Cinco de Mayo I’m sharing a peek inside one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. Gracias Madre features a 100% organic, plant based menu but even those who aren’t vegetarian or vegan will admit that the food and cocktails absolutely delicious! And the restaurant’s chic interiors are arguably even more yummy than its cuisine. Designed by …

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