10 Secrets to Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Bring the indoors out with enchanting spaces that invite outdoor living.

| May/June 2011

  • Bring the indoors out with enchanting spaces that invite outdoor living.
  • Consider using pretty weatherproof rugs as outdoor screens.
    Photo Courtesy Shirley Bovshow, EdenMakersblog.com

Outdoor rooms make us feel connected with nature, and they can help us live well in small spaces. But you may have trouble finding inspiration in areas that have long seen nothing but flagstones, concrete or turf. Help is here! Outdoor design specialists know the best strategies to create beautiful, functional outdoor rooms, so we asked one of our favorite green landscape designers, Shirley Bovshow, to share her secrets. Her ideas cover everything from outdoor lighting to easy repurposing tips that may surprise you.

A Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Bovshow says in the past year nearly double the usual number of people have asked her how they can create a beautiful outdoor space without spending much money. The key is to think creatively and repurpose things you already have, she says.

• Space, defined. Arrange potted plants to create and define spaces, using plants of different heights to make “green walls” that separate one outdoor “room” from another. Intimate spaces are inviting places.

• Private eyes. A beautiful sitting or dining area isn’t as relaxing if your neighbor can observe your every move. Rethink the purpose of weatherproof products. For example, you can create colorful, inexpensive privacy screens by stringing bright outdoor rugs between patio posts. The rug becomes kinetic art as it blows in the breeze.

• Bright idea. Create ambience with solar path lights that gather energy by day and throw light from your container plants at night. With no cumbersome wiring, your solar path lights can be staked directly in plant containers to show off blooms at night and add soft lighting to your sitting area. No electricity needed.

• Fun with furniture. Search your yard or ask neighbors for unused pavers or flagstones. Set them atop a large pot to create an impromptu side tabletop. Think creatively when it comes to seating, too: A piece of rescued lumber can become a bench; milk crates or tree stumps topped with outdoor cushions become shabby-chic stools.

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Thanks for sharing such perfect http://aussieoutdoorliving.com.au/ ideas, outdoor spaces are a great place to unwind with friends and family and enjoy the outdoors. With these tips I will be well on my way to achieving a cozy, beautiful outdoor space!

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