The Great Escape
I love this time of year.
In fact, just the other night R and I were enjoying dinner at a friend’s house (… on a warm evening after an afternoon of 81 degree temps – gotta LOVE Texas!) and we decided to eat out and socialize in their beautiful outdoor living space.
I use those words “living space” because “patio” just wouldn’t do. This is a true extension of their indoor living space, brought outdoors with the intent to enjoy amazing weather.
Which got me thinking…
Why not a post on outdoor spaces?
Well, for one – landscaping freaks me out.
Not only do I unintentionally murder (can you do that?) any plant that I put in the ground (or pot), but I’m overwhelmed by the vast number of options available to me.
So I thought that maybe I should take my favorite interior design styles and see how they translate into outdoor spaces.
Here are some of my favorites:
Mixing linear surfaces with simple, architectural plants helps to create a very “zen” vibe here. This style really appeals to me for a number of reasons, primarily that it looks really chic. I love the use of elements like concrete and wood, the layering of horizontal and vertical space, and the mix of texture through strategically placed foliage to create pattern and depth. It’s a great way to make small yard spaces look polished and tailored. Keep the furniture simple with clean lines and architectural shapes – but don’t be afraid to throw in one fun piece to mix it up!
Simple and understated – the look is tranquil, and gives a nod to the mid-centrury designs that are becoming the trademark of effortless style.
I think that this style taps into my childlike fascination with hidden spaces. I love the feel of the enclosed seclusion – like I’m being wrapped up in a giant blanket made of foliage… My father-in-law (who loves his wide, open Texas-sized space) would complain of it being too claustrophobic. Maybe you feel that way, too. As for me, I find it very comforting (I’m sure you could psychoanalyze that!). I like the idea of pairing it with simple and classic seating spaces. Something cozy and sweet. Spaces like this will always feel enchanted to me!
PUMPED UP GLAMOUR
- I love the idea of extending elements of glamour to the outdoors. There are fun and fresh ways to take the traditional and turn it into something fabulous. This is a place to play with color, texture, and visual space.Looking at the outside area as another room is key. Ceilings, walls, floor, lighting… they all matter.
…and don’t be afraid to break free from the norm and add just a touch of whimsey (like the cute faux-grass covered chairs below!).
This idea encompasses a lot of the newer “transitional” trends that are finding their way into homes today. They are classic styles with a cleaner and crisper feel (but with a touch of causal and the feeling that you could actually be comfortable living in them).For outdoor spaces, they pull inspiration from Italian villas, Moroccan hideaways, and simple coastal retreats. Sky’s the limit here!
Maybe it was a stretch to lump everything into that last category.
But can you blame me?
Do you have your favorites?
- ***SUPER DISCLAIMER***
I apologize if the formatting is off and the fonts are all messy. I was having some MAJOR issues today, and my computer was throwing a tantrum and refusing to cooperate! I finally just threw up my hands and posted the dang thing… crazy fonts and all.
My computer and I have had a serious discussion, and I am confident that we will not be having the same issues tomorrow.
If by chance the fonts are fine, and this is just a problem in the editing screen…
…then never mind.