35 decorative rugs that will turn any outdoor space into an oasis

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Summer is around the corner, and if you plan on spending lots of time at home, now is the perfect time to invest in your outdoor space.

From an outdoor fire pit to inflatable kiddie pools (or even a fun pool float!), there are plenty of ways to turn your backyard into an oasis. And let’s not forget about revamping that outdoor living area or a patio.

One way to add texture or color to any outdoor living space is with an outdoor rug. It offers comfort, helps reduce mold or mildew in moisture-prone areas and is an easy way to upgrade

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10 things you need to design a stylish outdoor oasis for summer

 <span class="copyright">(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)</span>
(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

Summer will look different this year as we continue to shelter in place. Now, when warmer weather hits, many of our favorite places to cool off won’t be open. Outdoor living, whether a balcony or patio or backyard, will have new meaning as we seek solace in the outdoors. So if you are lucky enough to have some outdoor space, we have some ideas for making it special, and we’ve included some images from our photo archives for inspiration.

A Hollywood front porch is transformed into a stylish outdoor room with a recycled plastic rug from Mad Mats. <span class="copyright">(Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A Hollywood front porch is transformed into a stylish outdoor room with a recycled plastic rug from Mad Mats. (Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times)

1. Recycled rugs

Outdoor rugs are a great way to add style while helping to define your “outdoor room.” Sustainable rugs made from recycled plastic work well outdoors because they are colorful, pet-friendly and washable. Available in

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Finding an Oasis of Calm in Elsa Peretti’s Masterfully Minimalist New York Apartment, Circa 1976

<div class="caption"> “Beauty: All-Out” </div> <cite class="credit">Photographed by Horst P. Horst, <em>Vogue,</em> April 1976</cite>

“Beauty: All-Out”

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1976

This story is part of a series, Past/Present, highlighting images and articles from Vogue that have personal significance to our editors.

Elsa Peretti, the Italian model-turned-revolutionary jewelry designer is best known for her streamlined, sensuous bijoux—a smooth, curved bean; miniature flaçons made to hold a single flower stem; diamonds set into fine yard-length chains. Her interiors—the very places in which she designed such now-iconic shapes—follow a similar less-is-more aesthetic. In 1976, Vogue featured one of those, a New York penthouse apartment she took over from Halston.

<h1 class="title">Elsa Peretti at her Worktable, Vogue</h1> <div class="caption"> Elsa Peretti. </div> <cite class="credit">Photographed by Horst P. Horst, <em>Vogue,</em> April 1976</cite>

Elsa Peretti.

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1976

<h1 class="title">Elsa Peretti Eating an Apple, Vogue</h1> <div class="caption"> “I eat an apple a day,” Elsa says. </div> <cite class="credit">Photographed by Horst P. Horst, <em>Vogue,</em> April 1976</cite>

“I eat an apple a day,” Elsa says.

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1976

“It has bare bleached white floors, mirrored walls, lemon trees, banquettes covered in white Haitian cotton, white director’s chairs, and a work table, which also functions for dining

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