Adrienne's Carnivale Inspired Outdoor Space

Adrienne's Carnivale Inspired Outdoor Space

Adrienne Breaux
May 10, 2010

Last month Apartment Therapy contributors got to post about our ideal live/work studios, and I put together something eclectic and earthy. When it came to deciding what sort of outdoor dream space I wanted, I had to look no further than a canceled HBO show and a beloved-design era for inspiration.

I loved the show Carnivàle that was on a few years ago, not so much for the subject matter (though I liked that, too) but mostly for the atmosphere! No, I'm not suggesting I'd like to live at a time when the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl were the two most popular topics, but I sure do adore the look of the colors, furniture, clothes and more of this show and time period. I combined furniture from that time (both stylish and a little more down-to-earth) with lots of outdoor white lights and fun, vintage carnival details. A colorful but subdued color palette with pillows and rugs help tie it all together and modernize the look. Here's what I chose:


1. Commercial Medium-sized bulbs and string
2. Set of Four Cory Crooks Dining Chairs
3. Spanish Antique Farm Dining Table
4. Thonet Bentwood Bench
5. Two 1930s Stools by Thonet
6. Vintage Brass Carnival Midway Marquee
7a. Original Wood Carved Carnival Sideshow Letterpress Wood Cuts
7b. Carnival Gaming Wheel
7c. Collection Of Vintage Carnival Game Balls
7d. Tilt-A-Whirl Carnival Ride Panel
8. Ventura Sunbrella Indoor-Outdoor Pillows
9. 19th century Bentwood Lounge Chair by Thonet

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