The alfresco lifestyle....I am all about it. It's finally spring (joy!) and that means we are gearing up for the season of throwing open our windows, carrying our movable feasts to dine alfresco, the alluring possibility of lazy afternoon naps on the patio and warm evenings under the stars is on the horizon. I'm crushing on the Kelly Wearstler design above. It's the Viceroy in Anguilla.....yes, please!
In Italian alfresco means "in the cool". Love that!
It may be a fresh, sleek space with natural elements
or a classic, luxurious elegance with warm wood tones and a roaring fire.
or a French take on alfresco
a romantic, vine covered vintage gem
or a mid-century mod style
There are elements of each photo that appeal to me. I've done outdoor living spaces of different styles over the years~from South of France to Cottage Garden to a sleeker, more modern version in our current space. We are working on an update and I will share more on that soon (yep-a do it yourself project-
more honestly a do it 'himself' project).
No matter what my style of outdoor living space becomes I do have some essentials:
*Candles are a must to create an ambiance in my outdoor spaces.
*The sound of water~ a water feature, water fall or even a tabletop fountain~ creates a relaxing mood
*Fragrant plants (citrus, nightblooming jasmin, tuberoses are all lovely)
*A throw blanket to ward off an evening chill
*A pot of herbs to pick for grilling or adding to alfresco dishes
*I love to add a curtain to a deck or patio space to soften the look-even in sleeker styles
*A fire element. Yes, to candles and the next step would be a flickering fire bowl or fireplace to set the mood.
My favorite way to add some color to my home, inside or out, is with pillows. I will confess, I have a big collection that I rotate seasonally. Despite my large collection I've always got my eye out for a fresh style.
These little beauties from Trina Turk are so sunny they make me smile.
Some other stylish ideas~
Bold Graphic Prints
Or global chic
I own this Trina Turk Classic and it moves from room to room depending on my mood.
Maybe I'm revealing too much but I do have a bit of pillow obsession. One of my favorite spots for chic pillows is Zinc Door here and all pillows are 15% off. Must run, have a bit of shopping to do
while the sale is on ;)
What is your favorite style of outdoor living? Do you spend time zhushing up your space to get it ready for the season? Any tips? What are your must haves?
Here's to our upcoming alfresco season~are you like me? Can hardly wait!
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