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15 Designer Tips For Luxury Outdoor Living

Creating luxury outdoor spaces to enjoy with friends and family is essential for getting the most out of your home. While planning and designing these spaces can seem overwhelming, I’m here to share my step-by-step formula for creating cohesive and beautiful outdoor areas.

1. Welcoming Seating Area

A comfortable seating area is a must. Make sure you have a spot in the shade or under a covered patio to escape the summer sun. This could be a garden bench, a small table with chairs, or a full seating arrangement with a sofa sectional and chairs. The key is to create a welcoming space to relax and unwind.

2. Abundant Garden Planting

Fill your flower beds and raised garden beds with lush, pollinator-friendly plants. Invest in anchor plants to create an established look, even in newer homes. Mix in perennials to add seasonal interest, color, texture, and height to your garden.

3. Alfresco Dining Area

Create a dining space for outdoor meals, either under a patio cover or open to the sky for a romantic setting. Opt for all-weather aluminum furniture to withstand the elements. This area is perfect for sharing meals or enjoying a morning coffee.

4. Climbing Vines on Arbors and Trellises

Add charm and vertical interest to your garden with climbing vines on arbors and trellises. Climbing roses, jasmine, and Boston ivy are my favorites for this application. They add a beautiful pop of color and soften the hard surfaces of your home.

5. Cut Flower Garden

Incorporate a cut flower garden into your landscape. It’s a joy to pick fresh flowers for indoor arrangements. Some of my favorites are cosmos, zinnias, English roses, dahlias, and daisies.

6. Outdoor Kitchen and Grilling Area

If space allows, include a built-in grill, refrigerator, and sink in your outdoor kitchen. If not, a simple grill will do. A sink is a great addition for easy cleanup and makes entertaining a breeze.

7. Mixed Materials

Use a mix of materials such as stone, wood, gravel, and brick in your outdoor spaces. This adds texture and interest, tying your house into your outdoor entertaining areas seamlessly.

8. Bird Feeders and Baths

Encourage birds to visit your garden by incorporating bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, and bird baths. Bird watching is a delightful activity, and it’s always a joy to see hummingbirds in the summer.

9. Layered Lighting

Create mood and ambiance with various types of outdoor lighting. Lanterns, path lights, uplights, and string lights can transform your garden into a magical evening retreat.

10. Cozy Textiles

Add rugs, throw pillows, and blankets to your outdoor seating areas for a cozy touch. These textiles are an affordable way to bring seasonal color and comfort to your spaces year-round.

11. Fireplace or Fire Pit

Include a fireplace or fire pit for cozy evenings outdoors. Whether a built-in fireplace or a portable fire pit, it’s a perfect spot to relax with a glass of wine.

12. Organized Supplies

Keep your gardening and entertaining supplies organized and easily accessible. Store essentials in a drawer, cabinet, or basket for impromptu alfresco dinners and weekend gardening.

13. Potted Plants

Add potted plants to patios, porches, and garden areas. Display them in a tiered manner using plant stands or cascading them down steps for added interest.

14. Outdoor TV

For family movie nights or sports parties, consider adding an outdoor-rated TV. Place it in a covered area to keep it discreet and protected from the elements.

15. Outdoor Speakers

Music enhances any outdoor gathering. Install outdoor speakers or use portable ones to enjoy your favorite tunes while entertaining or relaxing in the garden.

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Ready to create luxury outdoor living spaces at your home? Incorporate these tips and transform your outdoor areas into luxurious retreats. If you enjoyed these ideas, follow me on Instagram @ashleychildershome and check out our Pinterest for more design inspiration.

Remember, good design is for everyone, so create a home that inspires you and enjoy your luxurious outdoor spaces!

XO, Ashley

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