The June issue of Garden Design Magazine is devoted to the outdoor room. Yes! Even the world of garden design has acknowledged this huge trend in outdoor living.
I love this magazine and eagerly await each month’s copy. The featured gardens are sometimes opulent, sometimes minimal, but always well thought out – typically with great ecological concern in planning and implementation. I look forward to inspiring gardens that are creative, often edgy, and always beautiful. It is a treat to be privy to someone else’s little piece of heaven on earth.
Of course, gardens, outdoor living, and outdoor rooms all go together like peanut butter, jelly, and bread. You can have one without the other, but the trio together is magic. (Yes. I still eat PB & J sandwiches—don’t you?)
According to the magazine’s style director, Lindsey Taylor, she, too, has only recently embraced the idea of using her Manhattan terrace as a relaxing and entertaining spot, rather than simply a plant area. It seems that the time has truly arrived where outdoor activities and hobbies are being seamlessly bound with the idea of outdoor living. No longer valid is the notion that an outdoor space must be one or the other.
Everything is thrown into the mix together. Needs and desires are balanced to achieve the best of all worlds and the outdoor space that emerges, without fail, results in wonderment at why this hadn’t been done sooner.
Continuing the emphasis on outdoor rooms, in the May issue of Elle Decor Magazine, the cover boasts of “The Good Life Indoors and Out.”
Here, a style magazine, most closely affiliated with interior style, has proclaimed outdoor style something to be celebrated and embraced. And why not? Outdoor rooms give manufacturers, designers, and homeowners a new avenue for creative ideas.
Michael Boodro, Editor-in-Chief, declares that outdoor space is “ne plus ultra” – the ultimate. But, we already knew that. In Michael’s case, he tells about his Manhattan terrace, which was originally thought to be nice but unimportant. In the years since, he, too, has found a passion for outdoor living.
So, if you’ve been slow in creating your outdoor living area, get a plan together and go for it. To help you understand what factors to consider as you design the outdoor room of your dreams, I’ve created a library of articles, Outdoor Living Essentials, which contain helpful information for you to use as you plan your outdoor living space.
Attractive, comfortable, and interesting décor makes perfect sense outside, as well as inside. Don’t waste another precious season of outdoor living. I promise you will not regret it for one minute. Your attitude will change. Your lifestyle will change. If you are lucky, your health may even improve.
Of course, I have only one word for all of this: OUTDOORLICIOUS!