Boston-based interior designer and owner of C.B. Hughes Design, Caroline Hughes is sharing some of her favorite eco-friendly and socially conscious furniture and decor favorites for a patio that invites lounging and entertaining this summer. Admired by her clients for putting a modern twist on New England’s beloved traditional style, Caroline is sharing her picks for creating your own cozy outdoor hideaway.


Cash in on some serious R&R in a Yellow Leaf Hammock, like this nautical colored hand-weaved dream. Yellow Leaf Hammocks employs mothers and their families from three tribal communities in Thailand that were previously living in extreme poverty or forced into debt slavery, to hand weave each hammock in their collection. Hang in between two trees or cornered on a deck to create a comfortable and cozy nook. Visit their website to learn more about each of their weavers and their mission.


Serve up an al fresco meal on this Ecohabitude Live Edge Coffee Table by Northern Wood Co., handmade from recycled and sustainably harvested wood in Loudon, NH. As each is hand-crafted, you can select your ideal size and stain for a treasured, custom piece. With a live edge, each piece is unique and brings a warmth to any entertaining space.


Morning Culture is helping you wake up on the right side of the bed – and we are loving this Indigo Throw to help do just that. Perfect for when the cool breeze sweeps in, cover up with this throw and keep cozy. Each is made by a women’s weaving co-op in rural Guatemala, an effort dedicated to preserving the rich history and well-being of their communities. An age-old spinning technique is used to manufacture each blanket, which has been passed down for generations. Each purchase made through Morning Culture helps to educate and employ artisans around the world through fair and direct trade partnerships: “our hope is to inspire both the artisan and the customer to wake up with purpose.” Learn more about the markers behind the Indigo Throw here.


Gather loved ones around the table with these teak lounge chairs from Maya Mueble. The Comoda chair is made by a family-run business in El Salvador, with 100% teak wood harvested from supervised forests in El Salvador by the local government’s forest programs. It’s foldable design and compact shape makes perfect sense for city dwellers who may have limited outdoor space, but still want an outdoor oasis.


This Ecohabitude Petal Pillow By Modern Shibori in Berkeley, California USA is comfort at its finest. Made of 100% natural cotton and organic indigo dyes, 100% cotton, this pillow includes an allergen-free poly insert. Pre-treated so that beautiful hand-dyed design won’t waste away in the wash or out in the sun makes for a perfect accent on any patio.


Mood board, designed by Caroline Hughes

mood board


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