Creating Outdoor Living Spaces at Home
This time of year, the gentle spring breezes, drenched with pale yellow sunshine, make me want to spend my days with the doors thrown open wide, or better yet, in our outdoor living spaces. If you've taken a peek at my Instagram feed you will notice that Scott and I spend as much time as possible outdoors. Whether it's morning coffee on the terrace, or capturing the sunset with a glass of wine poolside, we live outdoors anytime the weather permits. We are all about creating outdoor living spaces this season.
We entertain often in the spring and summer so last weekend I wanted to be sure my outdoor living spaces were ready.
My first stop was to purchase some colorful, punch-of-color pillows to liven up our spaces. This collection is from World Market. Outdoor rugs make the 'living room' comfortable underfoot. Umbrellas, to provide shade for the sunny California climate, are essential.
Spaces to lounge and relax are a must for an outdoor living space. If I were ever to be caught napping it would definitely be on this double lounger. Plants and trees add a lush feel to outdoor living spaces. Our garden, at this home, is extremely low maintenance, and we designed it with that in mind. Grasses and sculptural plants, like the cordyline, add interest with almost no effort.
I have several planters that need updating every few years and this was the year.
After a quick trip through the garden shop, I loaded up the SUV with all kinds of succulents and a few focal plants. I had a list of what needed to be replaced, and I stuck to it. My color theme for freshening up my outdoor living spaces this season is lime green with pops of purple. I found this amazing plant, which can live indoors or outside, that looks like it has spun gold on the leaves. I'm trying to figure out the name of it (in the quick clean up of this project I dumped the tag). If you live in the states, I found it at Lowe's. I'm enthralled with the beauty of shimmering gold on a plant. I like using succulents for their unique beauty, shades of color and very low maintenance.
There are a few essentials I have for creating a space that is truly comfortable for outdoor living. Furniture for lounging is a must. I love clean, modern shapes with comfortable cushions and colorful pillows. I add throw blankets for chilly evenings. Candles and low voltage outdoor lighting provide ambiance, as well as safety, while walking at night. A fire bowl or fire pit adds extra warmth and glow.
My best tip for creating an outdoor living space is to bring the creature comforts you enjoy indoors outside.
I also updated the succulent pot in the front of the house. Here we have more low maintenance plantings with citrus, cypress, olive trees, and rosemary, accented with decorative stone for texture. A water feature adds ambiance, and a soothing sound, to any space.
I went a little wild with the pillows out front this season. The fun thing about pillows is that you can change them out, and change the look, on a whim. We don't use this spot out front enough (with the view out back you can see why). I do think it adds a welcoming feel to our home and it is perfect for holidays, like Halloween, when the neighbors are out and about.
On those days when we must be inside, we will likely throw the doors open wide.
We are careful not to let this guy, Jack, escape.
Our next door neighbors here in California are coyotes.
Do you have any outdoor living spaces?
What are your favorite ways of creating outdoor living spaces at your home?