Now that spring cleaning is behind us and every surface and crevice of your home is in tip-top shape, what about the space outside your space? While your’re swapping for lighter linens and brighter colors, don’t forget about the opportunity to bring those outdoor spaces up to snuff as well.
Since this is the height of outdoor season, we went digging for inspiration on how to make the most of that exterior space. Here are eight backyard spaces we’d happily swap our interiors for this summer:
Fairytale En Suite
Make your own escape. This micro garden off a master suite is the perfect place to wind down summer nights. Tucked away from everything, the mix of moody tones and interior pieces create a calm, yet playful, space. I love the idea of bringing furnishings that are typically indoor pieces into the great outdoors (during the dry season, of course) to make an outdoor room of your own.
Big Looks in Small Spaces
If you’re limited in space, that doesn’t mean you’re destined to be cooped up inside. Take inspiration from this hanging garden and create your own earth-friendly living wall for your body and mind. The key is using the space you do have to create an organic oasis with an urban twist.
Take advantage of unused outdoor space. This little nook on the side of a house makes a perfect spot to sneak off for a morning cup of coffee. Look for areas that might be neglected in your own space and turn them into something you can make use of all season long.
En Plein Air
Sometimes you just need to connect with nature. This luxe outdoor shower takes advantage of a remote location to make a stunningly posh place to get cleaned up. While this is a standalone design, this can be an awesome way to add a seasonal en suite to your bedroom.
Take back some man-made spaces for nature. This creative garden space made the most of an existing concrete pad by literally jackhammering away some simple planters. It’s a good lesson that a little infusion of nature can go a long way.
Living Room Revisited
Make the most of the good weather and bring the whole family outside. The built-in sofa here makes the most of the space a creates a natural landing zone for friends, family and neighbors for daytime lounging.
Being in the city does not mean that there is a lack of space to be enjoyed. Check out the simple clean lines and sturdy materials that bring a little nature and stunning views to this rooftop space. Try using café-style string lights to add a charming ambiance to gatherings that go past sunset.
Sometimes you just need to get away to find it. This grand country yard embraces nature while still wowing with its classic romantic English style. The soft planting and rustic effect can be interpenetrated in even the most humble planter box, allowing you to catch some of this magic in your own outdoor space.
Big or small, choosing a few key elements and inspiration can help you focus on how to incorporate them into your own outdoor area. What would you find in your dream backyard?