Courtyard Decorating Ideas and Smith & Hawken For Target

Before and After: Target Transforms 3 New Orleans Courtyards

"This large space is a great setting for larger-scaled furniture; the traditional, French inspired courtyard is contrasted with modern and relaxed teak furniture from Smith & Hawken’s Solenti Collection.  The lounge seating anchors the space with rust-colored cushions coordinating with the adjacent wall and providing great contrast to the lush palette of greens. Overscaled planters are a great addition to any space, providing drama and an unexpected twist no matter how big or small your space might be."

Target recently took a trip to New Orleans, one of my all-time favorite cities, to transform three beautiful French Quarter courtyards for a progressive supper with pieces from its Smith & Hawken collection of outdoor furniture and décor.

Among other things, New Orleans is known for its architecture, and many historical French Quarter homes tend to be a little rough around the edges; it's part of the charm. That said, lead designer Stephanie Grotta managed to celebrate the unique architecture of the homes, while bringing some polish and color to the courtyards of three very lucky homeowners. I was eager to hear about the process, and Grotta gladly obliged to offer some details about how she and event designer Valorie Hart transformed each space. Come along to see all of the before-and-after photographs and hear about the project!