In the August heat, there's nothing more inviting than a shady alfresco hideaway—especially when it's as lively as summer itself. Take this globally inspired outdoor room, put together by California-based interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland
. "The homeowners wanted it to feel exotic, like someplace in Mexico or Morocco," says Ireland. So she assembled handcrafted pieces from a variety of cultures for the Spanish Mission–style home's covered patio. To add a sense of playfulness—and complement the climbing bougainvillea—she lightened the dark, hand-carved furniture with bright cushions from her own fabric line. Their vibrant colors offer a cheery contrast to the aged patina of the furnishings and accessories.
Read on for ways to assemble a globe-trotting corner in your own backyard.