Now that summer is upon us, I thought it was time I posted some tricks & tips for creating a great outdoor space. Summer in Vancouver always feels like it's over in the blink of an eye, so making the most of sunny days and time outdoors is a must! Drinks on the patio, bbq's and even having my morning latte outside are ways I like to take advantage of the summer weather. Having a comfy spot to sit on, and beautiful surroundings that are great for entertaining definitely enhance the experience. For outdoor entertaining, having plush and sturdy seating like an outdoor sofa or sectional is the best place to start, but also having some lightweight chairs and stools is a great addition that provides flexible seating for parties. Another one of my outdoor musts is accent lighting. While day-time may be sunny and scorching, lighting in the evening is key and adds to the mood. The easiest way to do this is with candles and lanterns, however outdoor fire pits or tables are also a great source of romantic light (and heat!). If your space allows, and outdoor pendant is also a great natural focal point to your outdoor dining space.
Once you've got the basics covered, my biggest piece of advice is always to bring a little bit of yourself into your space. When designing outdoor spaces, I always like to curate a collection of pieces that are a mix of new and found items. Incorporating different textures and materials also helps to create a space that feels personal and comfortable. Lastly, accessorize with plants! (We are outdoors afterall). Adding an herb garden or planted lavender can add an additional dimension to the design with a beautiful scent. While I usually opt for more manicured and modern floral arrangements, I also think nothing makes your patio or outdoor space feel more like a garden oasis than slightly wild flora. If you have a black thumb, try selecting plants like a planted palm, or succulents which are low maintenance and hearty. Good luck and hope everyone is having a beautiful summer!