Above, designer Karla Stevens brings old school East coast elegance and practicality to California with her showroom, Patio Culture, which specializes in colorful, custom outdoor cushions. When you see one of Karla's cheerfully stylish vignettes, you almost expect Doris Day to enter at any moment. But the vibe at Patio Culture is definitely current. Don't miss the stunning images on Karla's site.
A friendly reader sent me the image above of Kate and Andy Spade's weekend cottage patio, as seen on Oprah. In designing the outdoor area, Kate said she was inspired by a 1950s-era photograph of a Beverly Hills home with alternating brightly colored cushions.