Style Inspiration: Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor Living Spaces

Isn't this photo captivating? A dining terrace in Lake Como, Italy, overlooking the sea. I would say it is because Scott and I will be visiting Lake Como in July that I'm so enthralled, but I pinned this image on Pinterest years ago. Can you imagine what it would be like to throw a dinner party here?

If I can arrange it, will you come for dinner?

When weather permits, it's all about outdoor living spaces for me. Here in California, most of us have the temperate climate to allow for such indulgence much of the year. Adding a cozy throw blanket, outdoor rug, colorful pillows, café lights and candles add immediate ambiance. It's all about bringing the indoors outside.

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You can even swing from the chandelier while living life outside.

Who knew?

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outdoor-living-spaces

I'm finding that most of my favorite outdoor living spaces have an element of water, whether it's a pool, a waterfall or a fountain. The sound of water brings a peaceful ambiance. Flowers, succulents, and greenery add the natural elements.

Fragrance is another essential in creating the outdoor environment. Night blooming jasmine and tuberose are two of my favorite plants for summer garden fragrance. Right now our day blooming jasmine (pictured to the left of the lounger) is in full bloom and the scent is wafting into my home office window as I write this. Sublime! Read more on The Scented Garden.

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These are my favorite outdoor lounging spaces....

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outdoor-living-spaces-stylemindchiclife

only because we call them home.

For more:  Creating Outdoor Living Spaces at Home and

Al Fresco Life and Living Outside.

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