Monday, June 10, 2013

Outdoor Living Room Inspiration

 All winter long, I pinned photos of outdoor living rooms to my Pinterest board, "Outdoor Dining and Seating," because when it's cold outside, I'm daydreaming of the time when we can once again gather together and enjoy the outdoors together.
In comfort!

Well, that time has finally come.
Here are a few of my favorite pins from my winter daydreaming.

 What is the common factor with these photos?
They all mimic real, indoor rooms.
Except that they are outside!
With today's acrylic outdoor fabrics and rugs, you can enjoy another room in your home.
Make that outside your home!

 Even in an urban setting, if you're lucky to have a little slice of a balcony, a beautiful, comfortable and elegant outdoor room can be created.
How cool is that awning?

Here's proof that an outdoor room can be created on the tiniest balcony!

One of my favorite and talented designers, Julio from Beaux Mondes showed us how to do just that when he designed his own outdoor living room with outdoor wicker furniture from World Market.
He accessorized with topiaries and blue porcelain. 
I'm loving his black French doors and black stripe awnings. 
I absolutely love this room and find so much inspiration from this photo.

Not all awnings need to be fabric as this vine covered awning illustrates. 
I love the checkered floor and black stripe fabric.  
The colors of the flowers really stand out!

This room has been seen many times on the internet.
The brown stripe tent and green cushions were my inspiration for my own fabric choices recently.
All the accouterments of an indoor room are in place here, from the lamp to the lantern and all the pillows, rug and plants, making this one of my favorite all time outdoor living rooms.

Here is my outdoor living room from last summer.
We tend to spend a lot of time out here. 

At one time, there was a tent over this area, which I miss.

 There is nothing like a tent to define your outdoor living room.
This room is beautiful, simple and elegant with all white fabrics on black iron and wicker furniture.

Even better than a tent, is a loggia or sheltered area like this room designed by Lynn von Kersting.
It is one of my favorites also.  
Who needs an indoor living room when you can have this!

Do you have an outdoor living room or a special place to sit outside?
I would love to hear about it or even see a photo!

For more outdoor living inspiration, visit my Pinterest board here.

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14 comments:

bec said...

I am definitely inspired to create one now after reading this post.
Bec x

sharon smith said...

Outdoor rooms are my favorite. Such inspirational photos.
I love outdoor fireplaces for year round use, if possible!
Thanks for sharing your pins!
Sharon
@novaraway

Burlap Luxe said...

Suce beauty and inspiration.
I just love your outdoor space the best but did not see that beautiful view of you pool grounds.

See you soon and all the beauty you inspire.

Xx
Doré

Betsy Speert said...

Hey!
Whose green awning stripe fabric is on your outdoor sofa?
I need to recover all my out door furniture, it's all mildewy.

Johanna said...

Hi,
your featured pins are all very inspiring. What a luxury that all is. Your decision is very nice. I think you will have great partys during the summer with this lovely furniture.
Best greetings, Johanna

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Thanks for all the inspirations, Delores! We've had a lot of rain lately in DC. Been enjoying our covered front porch. I want to create a couple of those succulents in rock planters like yours - love those!!
xo
Loi

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

We have a huge front porch that I showed recently on my blog. We are in the beginning stages of building a pergola in our back yard. We moved to this house last November. Before this one we had built a wonderful pergola at our last home. You can see that one here -
http://thecomfortsofhome.blogspot.com/2011/08/italian-string-lights.html

I love all of your inspiration pictures!

Sarah said...

Each one of these images are inspiring, Delores. I'm with you on the one Julio designed. Love the black and white striped awnings and the touch of blue and white. Would be happy to spend time in your outdoor living room. It's lovely! We are outdoors on our terrace as often as the weather permits, and once the summer heat sets in we are on the sunporch. Actually we spend much of the year on the terrace or sunporch. '-)

Home and Lifestyle Design said...

I adore outdoor living spaces. All of the pictures are inspirational. I especially like a covered area, whether it be an awning, or a pergola, I just really require some shade. It is in the high 90's already in Dallas, TX, shade and fans are a must, as is a swimming pool to cool off in.
Thanks, Patty

Victoria said...

I have a rather large lanai that I can use virtually year round here in SW Florida. I overlooks my pool and a lake behind my home. I am very grateful to live in such a lovely setting...not the vineyards of Asti, but lovely nonetheless. I have a question about outdoor living rooms that are not under cover -- like the one you show under the brown striped awning. How can you have a lamp in such a setting?
XO, Victoria

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I love every image...they are all beautiful!

Rajrang said...

I really inspire to read this blog.

I like all the outdoor patterns.

Thanks for Sharing!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

I love it all! I'd love to create a covered outdoor patio. It would make keeping cushions clean, so much easier!
Cheers!,
Barbara

barbara ganda said...

Absolutely love some of these ideas. Was going to name my favourite but then kept scrolling down and thinking wow!

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