Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Outdoor Spaces for Lounging

We had gorgeous weather over the weekend in San Francisco,
but yesterday and today have actually been hot and humid which
is a rarity in San Francisco. Everyone has been breaking out their
sandals, shorts and flip flops. I live in one of the coldest areas of
San Francisco and I haven't been able to sleep because it's been so
hot the last couple of days. The weather inspired me to do a post
on outdoor spaces for lounging.

By nature, I love warm weather and actually really miss hot weather.
I can deal much better with heat than I can the cold. To me, no outdoor
living area is complete without a place to lounge by one's self, or to hang
out with family and friends. As you can see from the above photo, you
do not necessarily need a lot of space to make a fun and gorgeous lounging
area. The striped cloth really give the area a chic and polished look.

The above image is from the Feb/March 2009 issue
of Western Interiors (image from Katiedid.) It's got Moroccan
inspired accents (which I adore) with a modern twist. The lamps
and coffee table are absolutely gorgeous.

Here's a lovely deck with a gorgeous view of the
San Francisco skyline. The red striped chairs really
give a splash of color to liven up the deck.

A casually draped canopy can really cozy up an
outdoor space. The deck above is wonderfully
casual with great views below.

Here's some inspiration for those who have a more
modern sort of sensibility for their style. The rug,
throws and bright pink really give this rooftop deck
some pizazz.

I really love this Moroccan inspired outdoor space. The vibrant
colors and beautiful arches really add to the overall feel of the
space. Moroccan design is low to the ground and the sofas deep -
which make it ideal for lounging.

Another U-shaped lounging area. U-shaped space plans are
really great for saving space and utilizing all the space you have
if you don't have a large area to work with.

From the deck of La Maison Bleu on the beautiful island
of Mauritius. Classic island design for the railing. Talk about
a relaxing and gorgeous atmosphere!

I've always thought that the Lake Palace in India was a palace
that was made of dreams. Every bit of the palace is gorgeous
including all of the details of the architecture and especially the
outdoor spaces.

Outdoor Rooms II: More Designs for Porches,
Terraces, Decks and Gazebos

This book has gorgeous photos for inspiration
and to gaze at. It also has a images of how
architecture and play large role in bringing
the outside in.

Outdoor Rooms: Fresh Air
Kitchens and Living Areas

Fresh Air Living spaces is such a great description
of what outdoor spaces really embody. Chic ideas
for dining and living outdoors.

Country Living Easy Transformations: Makeovers
for Your Outdoor Spaces - Backyards, Decks, Patios,
Porches and Terraces

Here's a great book for a country, garden or more rustic
take on outdoor living spaces. Again, gorgeous ideas
and spaces.

I hope this post has inspired you to get ready
for some summer outdoor living!


The Buzz said...

Now that spring has finally reached the East Coast, it's time to plan our outdoor rooms... Thanks for the beautiful pictures and inspiration!

Yoli said...

The Moroccan and Indian are my favorite by far. Here you cannot have that, it is hot and humid all the time to the point of making one sick and terribly uncomfortable. Those lovely lounging places would only be human platters for our mosquitos.

Tamstyles said...

I need your help...look at my blog for my sofa post.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

These are fantastic! It doesn't hurt that almost every space has a fabulous view!

smileybella said...

How to choose??? I am thinking India...

Lucinda said...

I really love them all, but the pink rooftop is fabulous.

Sharon said...

Love the red stripe number! Gorgeous pictures(& views)

from the right bank said...

Oh my God, I stayed at the Lake Palace last year! And I think it is seriously my favorite hotel in the world. It is STUNNING! I can't say enough good things about it. I'm still sorting through my pics (I know, I'm soooooo slow) but will definitely post some on my blog.

royal creme said...

The Moroccan and the Indian absolutely. I wonder if my building would object to me transforming the shared deck? Who could object if it were transformed like this?

Down Comforter said...

AMAZING photos - thanks :) I think the first one is my favorite.

qerat said...

Beautiful images and the one from India is amazing
you just want to jump in there.

iva yaneva said...

outdoor living spaces is the best! I have been living in a house my whole life, and now that I moved into another city and I live in an apartment, I can feel the difference. What I miss the most is having a small garden or a backyard and therefore I do all I can to make the small balcony I have a more pleasant place.

S said...

I wish I had some bigger outdoor space. All these images are so inspirational!