This time of year as the weather starts to get nicer, everyone looks to the outdoors. Whether its the beach, the woods or your own garden, we all spend so much more time outdoors in the summer. The garden is a space to relax, to socialise, to soak up the sun, to play, to inspire and because of this your outdoor spaces need some love! Having lived in an apartment I have missed having my own garden and cannot wait to create a personal, fabulous space for me to enjoy! So my top tips for create the perfect outdoor spaces are:
1. Space to relax
This is my number one because I think it's the most important. I love relaxing in the garden, in your own personal bit of nature, to take in all of the benefits you get from just sitting and being in nature. Now space to relax could mean a deck chair, a shed, a hammock, a bench, anywhere that you can sit and contemplate and just shut off from the world for a few minuets is key to create your ideal outdoor space.
2. Space to catch some sun...and some shade
This, again, is very important! The sun is a wonderful source of Vitamin D and can be a fabulous mood booster but can also cause your skin harm if you bathe in it or too long. So yes, include space where you can stretch out and lounge in the sun (SPF protected of course!) but also give yourself space to cool off too. If your lucky and have trees in your garden then this might happen naturally but if not a parasol will do. There are hundreds of designs out there to suit every taste, and there great to move around too.
3. Space to socialise
Last, but by no means least, a place to socialise. Socialising in the garden when the weather is nice is one of the best parts of the warmer months. Great food, great weather, great company! So including a place to socialise is very important! Think about how you socialise, what time of day you socialise and who you socialise with. You might like lounging on beanbags in the sun with your friends but your 78 year old grandma might not. Like wise, you might like to have a few glasses of wine in the evening with friends but your children might like somewhere to have a kick about. The best advice I can give you, is to think about how you ACTUALLY use your space, not how you might use it, how you ACTUALLY use it. Theres no point spending money and time investing in a pizza oven if no one will use it.
I've found a few images of outdoor spaces that I just love, so I thought I would share them with you to give you some inspiration to create your perfect outdoor spaces.