Outdoor Living Space-Sonoma Style™

Outdoor Living Space-Sonoma Style™

From the simple to the sublime, outdoor living here in Sonoma County is a delight! Even in apartments with a small fire escape or balcony, you can expand your living space by creating a wonderful outdoor place to hang out.

Even the smallest of balconies can extend your living space-via PYNT on tumblr

Or…if space permits, create a wonderful outdoor living room.

Keep all the doors wide open and your living room just doubled in size! image courtesy of Persephones Box blog

What are some of the elements that make up a great outdoor space? Here are just a few:

  • an inviting seating space, could be pillows, chair, sofa or daybed-read to lounge in
  • a table to hold drinks, a book and some flowers, don’t you think?
  • a way to add shade if needed, like an umbrella or overhang
  • adequate lighting for night time enjoyment
  • if there is space-a place to cook outdoors, from a small balcony grill to a full on outdoor kitchen

    image courtesy of Jamie Durie off of an old blog post for watermelon salad!

  • a place to enjoy food, from a small table for two to dining alfresco for 24
  • the serenity of greens, from vertical gardens or small pots on a balcony to extensive garden rooms where there is room
  • a place to rest your eye such as a water feature, piece of art, fireplace or statue
  • perhaps a way to pipe in music for your listening pleasure?
  • outdoor showers to full baths…more on that later!
The other thing to keep in mind is to keep the style of your exterior in harmony with the interior of your space. For instance, contemporary indoors, same out door; boho inside, boho outside!

image courtesy of wish flowers on tumbler

Outdoor living is such a way of life here in Sonoma County that I’ve written about this subject before…and I’m sure I will write about it again. Do you have an outdoor living space? Do you dream of creating one? What would your look like? If you have any questions or ideas of your own, won’t you share below? I’d love to hear, or give you some tips if you so desire!

What ever your style, remember, you can expand your space, your horizons and create your very own outdoor living space! Won’t you take a tour of some great spaces in the video below? From small to sublime, they are all a little bit of beauty™ for sure!

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