Create an outdoor living area
By Hutchings Garden Services, Jul 31 2015 11:56PM
More and more people are making the most of their garden space. You don't have to be green fingered to make the most of being outdoors.
You don't need acres of land, even if you only have a postage stamp size garden or a courtyard, it is much better to have it close to the house to carry food and drinks to and you don't want to be walking through damp grass to get to it, it also gives impression of a extension of your indoor living area.
From a design persepective it's important to have a theme, you could choose a country somewhere you have travelled to. Morocco is a great theme for example, with its rich reds, orange and gold colours to give a feeling of warmth.
You can buy some amazing waterproof scatter cushions, add morrocan lamps, a moroccan mosaic coffee table, so you can make good use of the outside living area in the evening and extend months add a patio heater, chimea or a firepit.
Make sure you add lots of solar lights for the Arabian night stars..!
Another country is Italy, a country full of history of the great Roman empire, I visited some beautiful gardens in the grounds of a monastery and it was stunning with views of the beautiful Amalfi Coast. It had lemon trees, with the largest juiciest lemons, olive trees, fig trees and the most unusually eye catching plants.
To create a Italian theme include some roman syle planters, some edible plants and pots of scented herbs. You could add some outdoor canvas waterproof pictures of the sea and not forgetting the all important love of food add a pizza oven.
My personal favourite is the Great British seaside you can gather allsorts of nautical items from your travels arround the UK, why not add some old fasioned seaside wooden deckchairs which have recently made a comeback. Introduce a sunshade in the form of a bright coloured contemporary sail shape triangular shade. Some driftwood sculptures maybe.
The possibilities are endless and with a good imagination you could create a usuable out living area that could transport you anywhere.
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