Little known fact about me: I am originally from the tropical country of Panama. This means that as much as I love designing interiors for my clients, I would much rather spend most of my time outdoors. In fact, anyone who knows me well knows that I can’t stay home for more than two days straight without developing a serious case of cabin fever!
Yesterday, during my 3 day takeover of Tastefully Inspired, we were tastefully inspired by some amazing outdoor living spaces. But as we all know, inspiration can only take us so far; we need actionable steps in order to create the backyard of our dreams! So in the spirit of High Point Market (which I can’t wait to go to), I want to take you to market!
Creating our ideal backyard starts with a solid combination of incredible outdoor furniture and beautiful landscaping. Landscape includes hardscapes and softscapes, both of which should taken into account when designing our outdoor spaces. Hardscapes are all of the areas in our backyards that are hard, such as retaining walls, fireplaces, pool decks, concrete patios and paved walkways. At some point in time, you or the previous homeowner may have made a purposeful decision to harden these areas with materials like concrete, pavers or bricks. Softscapes are all of the parts of our yard that evolve or mature, such as flower beds and grass.
I may not be able to help you with the landscaping part of your yard, but I can help you find some swoon-worthy outdoor furniture pieces. So today, we go shopping – virtually of course.
If you are a modernist at heart, how cool is this geometric all white outdoor dining set? This show-stopping number, available at Frontgate, definitely sets itself apart from the typical outdoor set.
This gorgeous zigzag patterned settee by Arhaus Furniture would look as good indoors as it does outdoors. It is part of the Seabrook collection, which also features side chairs, dining chairs and ottomans that come in a variety of colors.
Now this is what I call sexy outdoor furniture! The contours of this all weather wicker and teak Arles set by Restoration Hardware is sure to drop some jaws.
Also by Arhaus, I can’t even believe that the Ivy sofa is an outdoor sofa. Take your outdoor living up a notch by using outdoor pieces that definitely look like they should be in your living room.
If you are on the hunt for more of an island look, look no further than this Tommy Bahama lounge chair set at Frontgate. The combination of wood materials is simply captivating (and that fire pit isn’t hurting either).
How adorable is this Adirondack style sofa from Room and Board? For a touch of whimsy or for those of us who like to keep it casual, the Emmet sofa is a fun piece that comes in several colors.
Even though you may not have cabin fever issues like me, I am sure you can’t wait to fire up your stainless steel state of the art barbecue grill in the backyard. Summer is just two months away, so that gives you just enough time to place your outdoor furniture orders to get that backyard looking summertime ready.