It looks as if it is going to be a scorcher this weekend so today’s post is about how to create an outdoor space, somewhere you can sit, relax and enjoy the sunshine. It’s easy to do and as you will see from the images below, it’s possible to convert even the smallest balcony into an outdoor living space.
How To Create Your Own Outdoor Space
The five key ingredients to create an outdoor space are from top left:
Plants, planting and planters are key. You don’t need a garden, you can create an exotic look on a balcony, roof terrace or yard with creative planting. I’ve chosen the image of the entrance to a New York roof terrace, owned by Gray Davis and his partner and featured in Vogue Australia, to show how by planting large ferns and a mix of palms in planters you can transform a space and create a tropical look.
If you have a balcony choose plants that can go outside during summer months like this architectural cactus, top right, and mix the planters so that you have different styles and sizes. For interesting planters, which don’t cost a fortune, try your local antiques market.
Cushions, cushions and more cushions are essential for lounging and to add colour and texture to a space. I like a mix of scatter cushions and floor cushions but prefer a limited colour palette to avoid things looking too busy. Have a look at our collection, we have everything from exotic Moroccan prints and kilims, to hand-woven contemporary Mayan stripes, to vintage Kutch embroidery and bright and bold African prints, many of which are in our summer sale.
Rugs work well too with large floor cushions for lounging. They add texture and delineate the space. Just be prepared to roll them up quickly if the weather changes.
For seating, if you have space you could build a bench like Sarah Sherman Samuel and her partner from Smitten Studio (lifestyle photo 3). If not, there are lots of wicker chairs around. Ikea has some tropical rattan chairs similar to those in the second lifestyle image.
Baskets as platters or for reading matter will add additional texture and don’t take up too much space. See our selection of handcrafted baskets here.
Lighting – I like the idea of overhead festoon style lights and there are lots of choices available. Solar powered fairly lights look magical too and our copper tea-lights, now in the sale, will add an extra sparkle.
Finally, if you don’t have an outside space, bundle up a blanket, our Moroccan Pom Pom blankets make great picnic rugs and some cushions and head to the nearest park or beach.
Have a great weekend.