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June 2022

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BACKYARD: PHOTO BY DANE TASHIMA PILLOW: PHOTO COURTESY OF SERENA & LILY Outdoor Style Turn your backyard into a summer sanctuary UNE, AS THE RODGERS AND Hammerstein song says, is "bustin' out all over." We are all eager to get outside, to gather with "framily" for lazy alfresco brunches, cocktails by the pool, craft beer, and barbecue. To prepare for the season, I connected with "plantfluencers" Mel Braiser, Garrett Magee, and James DeSantis, hosts of Bravo's Backyard Envy, the show that transforms outdoor spaces — from Manhattan rooftops to suburban backyards — into "lush, jaw-dropping oases." eir book, Take it Outside, is a comprehensive guide to designing beautiful spaces, including coming up with a concept, mapping out zones to gather, cook, grow, and play, selecting hardscape, picking plantings, and more. e trio recently teamed up for a book signing at Serena & Lily, the California-based lifestyle brand known for a look billed as "casual and coastal, relaxed yet refined," at Carmel Valley's One Paseo. Also on hand were e Butchery's Chris Tatalovich and Jen Byard of Communal to answer questions and offer advice on creating your own piece of paradise. Setting the Scene (It's Down to the Details) "After the space has been designed, divided up, decked out, and planted, it's time to pull it together and get ready for its glow up," says DeSantis. at means detailing your outdoor sanctuary with rugs, pillows, lighting, and other touches. "We focus on details with the most eye appeal for both everyday life and my favorite use of any garden: parties! ink of this final step as sticking a big bow on the gift that is your backyard." DeSantis' Favorite Party Tricks Wild Cut Flora. Cut tree branches or palm fronds and arrange them in an oversized vessel as "a last-minute way to add great impact without spending a lot of time, money, or effort," he says. For the most dramatic effect, choose a wide- mouth vase, 20 to 24 inches tall. BY ANDREA NAVERSEN Indulge entertaining J @ranchandcoast ranchandcoast.com 76 JUNE 2022 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE ABOVE Mel Brazier's lush backyard is decked out for summer parties. RIGHT Outdoor pillows from Serena & Lily at One Paseo are covered in white/navy Perennial Lake Stripes

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