Austin lifestyle guru Camille Styles reveals the secrets behind her spruced-up patio and outdoor living space.
Afternoon delight: Camille Styles relaxes with a cocktail poolside on her RH Outdoor Marbella Teak Daybed ($4,495).
When you’re the woman behind a powerhouse brand, you need a place for an easy escape. In addition to her role as owner and creative director of CamilleStyles.com, lifestyle expert Camille Styles is testing recipes for her second book, renovating her new headquarters in a 100-year-old bungalow in the heart of downtown, and planning her second annual Get Healthy Get Together free fan event later this spring.
But she can leave it all behind, even if just for an hour, by stepping out onto her peaceful back patio.
Inspired by her travels to Italy and the Mediterranean, Styles’s backyard getaway is just as clean and polished as the content on her blog, with simple lines and neutral colors. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area open up to a space made welcoming by some well-chosen pieces from RH Outdoor that invite you to stay a while: a low-slung Marbella teak sectional and coffee tables, with a matching daybed out by the pool.
“We love a minimalist design that is still very warm,” says Styles, who renovated the terrace and pool area last summer after living in her home for five years. “We incorporate a lot of neutrals and love white and gray, but bring in woven pillows and little touches of pattern and texture. We like a serene color palette, so it feels very relaxing.”
Ceniza Lumbar Pillows from The Citizenry and rattan chairs from Serena & Lily add an exotic flair to the minimalistic design, but the most eye-catching details come in the form of jasmine blooming along the eaves of her roof and impeccably landscaped shrubbery.
“Part of the reason we love all the neutral colors is to let the beauty of nature come through,” says Styles. “We love having lush plants and flowers, letting the green plant life take center stage. My husband is always planting and pruning—it’s his weekend passion.”
This picture-perfect space is an escape from the everyday for Styles’s family and friends, who paint the patio with laughter and joy during long summer nights.
“My favorite days of the summer are when we have other families over, and we are out here swimming in the pool all day,” says Styles. “We throw food on the grill at night and make margaritas so it feels like a vacation in our own home.” Domain Northside, 512-342-0614; restorationhardware.com; the-citizenry.com; serenaandlily.com