When it comes to the design and decoration of your outdoor space, there are different approaches that you could take. You could think of the your garden as an extension of your indoor style, continuing some of the colours, patterns and the general design aesthetic found inside, in a way that creates a seamless transition from the house to the garden: in the warmer months of the year, this can really extend the feeling of space in your property and provide areas in which to dine al fresco or enjoy contemplating life from the comfort of an outdoor living room.
Alternatively, how about seeing your garden as a place to embrace a different style from that of your home’s interior, perhaps one that you wouldn’t want permanently as your interior decor, but could happily showcase outdoors? A bolder palette of colour, decorative patterning and a global look inspired by faraway places could perhaps encourage even the most minimalist dweller to explore different ways of designing the spaces beyond the four walls of the house.
I have put together seven looks for super-stylish outdoor living which I will share with you in two parts. In the first instalment, I will lead you on a journey which takes in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, the romantic Italian Riviera, and a stopover on an idyllic island surrounded by turquoise blue waters.
Capture the essence of Moroccan style by gathering together embossed, hammered and fretwork metals, and combining them with traditional Moorish geometric patterning and a gorgeous palette of fiery colours, such as hot pinks and saffron yellows, and piercing turquoise and jade hues. Low tables, stitched pouffes, vases of loosely-arranged vibrant blooms and plenty of decorative candlelight are all key to pulling this look together.
Clockwise from top-left: Tile placemats, £12.95 each, Graham & Green. Old Moroccan trays, from £155; Giant mugs, £9; all RE. Turquoise plant pots, £35 for a set of 3, Graham & Green. Moroccan Globe lantern, £24.99, RHS Plants. Medina tealight holders, £14.95 for a set of 6, Rex London. Moroccan leather pouffes, £130 each, Graham & Green. Rugs and cushions, from a selection at Raj Tent Club (see also lead image which features a selection of lanterns from Raj Tent Club)
The romance and glamour of the sweeping coastline between France’s Cote d’Azur and Tuscany, that most beautiful region of Italy, makes for a wonderfully evocative outdoor dining scheme. I love the pretty ice cream shades that have been captured by the artist, Blakely Little, in her range for Anthopologie. A pale wooden table provides a good backdrop for these colours, but you could also use a white or blush pink linen tablecloth over your existing furniture. Lemon trees, pink flowers and trailing foliage (over a pergola if you’re lucky enough to have one) would provide a gorgeous backdrop to this scheme. And, as no trip to the Italian Riviera would be complete without Prosecco, traditional gelato and icy-cold Limoncello, I’ve found the perfect things to serve them in.
Clockwise from top-left: Sunscene melamine dinner plates, £8 each, Anthropologie. Silver Italian ice cream bowl, £15, HAY at Connox. Picnic tumblers, £10 each; Picnic wine glass, £12; all The White Company. Italian Aluminium candlesticks, £4.50 each, RE. Fringe linen tablecloth in Pink, £89, Idyll Home. Eureka Lemon tree, £49.99, Primrose. Elgin desert dishes, £7 each, The White Company. Core dining table, from £1,810, Cane Line
Tropical Island Life
Who needs Bali, Barbados or The Bahamas, when you could bring the easy-living vibe of tropical island life to your own garden? This look brings together natural materials such as rattan and weathered woods, and a palette of colours inspired by the ocean, peerless blue skies and the flora found in these warm climes. By mixing colours and patterns you’ll soon be able to build up a relaxed scheme. This parasol is a real show-stopper and would be a gorgeous addition to this scheme.
Top row: Woven rattan underplate, £16, OKA. Chateau glass tumblers, £6 each, John Lewis. Bird of Paradise natural rattan chairs, £350 each, Raj Tent Club
Middle row: Palm Trees cushion, £18, Wanderlust Wares. Bordeaux sunlounger, £1,020, Neptune
Bottom row: Tracy Parasol, £399, East London Parasol Company. Wynwood dinner plate, £24, Anthropologie. Boheme demijohn vase, £75.78, Maisons du Monde
I hope that you’ve found plenty of visual inspiration in these three looks. Do look out for the second part of this series, coming shortly, which will feature a contemporary scheme and a delicate look befitting the prettiest of English gardens, along with something for boho-lovers and a look for those of you wanting to capture the rustic textures of the Mediterranean.
With thanks Raj Tent Club for kindly allowing us to use their photograph as the lead image.