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The Great Escape

Ahhh….  Springtime.

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.

Genius!

Here are some of my favorites:

MODERN

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.

Pulltab Design

Pulltab Design

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Chicago Home Magazine

Chicago Home Magazine

Urban Jobe Architecture

Urban Jobe Architecture

SECRET GARDEN

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!

via Decor Pad

via Decor Pad

Donna Lynn

Donna Lynn

Shirley Bovshow

Shirley Bovshow

via Decor Pad

via Decor Pad

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!).

Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Traditional Home

Traditional Home

GO REGIONAL

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!

Elsa Soyars

Elsa Soyars

Anne Hepfer Designs

Anne Hepfer Designs

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

via Decor Pad

via Decor Pad

Okay, okay.

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.

Tiina

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lovely collection. I think if I lived in Texas I’d feel like I was on vacation always! 🙂 Thanks for the bit of green and sunshine brightening my snowy Ohio afternoon.

    March 6, 2013
    • Anytime, Karen! Just remember that while we are enjoying the sunshine, now, we still have to endure the hot and humid summers. Ugh. I’m not looking forward to that.

      Stay warm!
      T

      March 6, 2013
  2. Love these outdoor spaces! I did a post on roof terraces today- I think with Spring coming they just seem very appealing right now! I’m very jealous of you being in what sounds like a very sunny Texas 🙂

    March 6, 2013
    • I think we are kindred in our thought processes! Yes, days like this make me love Texas weather. But rest assured that I’ll be cursing it in July!

      T

      March 6, 2013
      • I’m still very jealous, would love to visit Texas one day! x

        March 6, 2013
      • If you ever do, just let me know. I’ll show you around!

        T

        March 6, 2013
      • haha I’ll hold you to that! 🙂

        March 6, 2013
  3. Totally secret garden!

    March 7, 2013

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