Now that the weather is starting to heat up, it’s time to celebrate the season as the modernists do by sprucing up your patio! Mix up some cool cocktails, call the entire block and get ready to party with these 4 sizzling patio ideas that will heat up your summer!

Watch the video to see the patio of a beautiful 1963 Palmer & Krisel home, then keep reading to learn how to get that look!


If you’re hankering to get your own patio in tip-top shape for the season, here are 4 must-have patio ideas to play with this summer:

A comfy conversation area. Before you can invite people over, you have to make sure your guests have a place to sit! Find a comfortable and stylish sofa or love seat to anchor against a wall and flank it with a few MCM patio chairs. Plop a simple outdoor coffee table or pedestal table in the middle and you’re good to go! Just remember to pick fabrics and finishes that are durable enough to weather the brutal heat of summer before you buy.

A spot to catch some rays. Everyone has that one friend that likes to come over and just chill in the sun—or maybe that friend is you! Either way, every glamorous midcentury patio needs a lounge chair fit for Marilyn  herself. Make sure to pick a spot that not only gets some sun but that also has a nice view of your garden. A small table to hold a succulent (or a cosmo!) wouldn’t hurt either.

Plenty of funky succulents. They’re angular, they’re colorful and they love the sun! Succulents and cacti are perfect patio plants for adding texture and interest from everything from a side table to a centerpiece. Mix and match varieties to get a nice collection in a statement pot and don’t worry about watering them when you go on your 2-week vacation!

A table to entertain all summer long. No modernist summer shindig would be complete without a great table to serve up some tasty treats on those long, hot nights. Pick something easy to clean and lightweight in case you have to move it around the patio. Then, be sure to pick out some funky melamine dishes and plastic highball glasses to keep on hand for those hot dinner parties!


Love these patio ideas? Start styling up those patios and be sure to show us what you’ve got cookin’ up this summer at our Facebook or Instagram page! Plus, if you want to see more of this incredible Palmer & Krisel home, be sure to pick up a copy of our summer issue, now on sale!