This wonderful home along the Mediterranean was designed by Norwegian decorator Mette Eilen Johansen and artist Jim Allister, located in Marbella, a city in southern Spain. Built in 1962, the new homeowners purchased the property in 2011, with the intent of giving the two story home a facelift. Accustomed to buying and renovating homes, the owners main intent was to infuse the home with natural light and to update the electrical and renew finishes; all without changing the original spirit of the 60s. As an artist, Jim used his knowledge to paint the interiors of the home applying various techniques to develop textured surfaces. This helps spaces to gain depth and character. Mette used her experience to create comfortable living environments in both the interior and exterior. Nordic style furnishings are mixed with recovered pieces to create a beautiful design style. The upholstery and furnishings are dressed in light colors which reflects the natural light and spreads out through every corner of the home. All spaces have glass doors that leads out to the terraces, helping to bring the outside in.
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Photos: Mi Casa
Creating your own little slice of heaven with an outdoor nook doesn’t have to be a major overhaul, the perfect reading space can be all yours with just a little ingenuity. It can be as simple as a giant cushions with some pillows, a throw in case you get chilly and maybe even a mosquito net to keep those pesky things from interrupting a deliciously good novel. Whatever you decide to create for your outdoor space, it should reflect your personality and be a quite place where you can escape, even just for a little while.
Have a look at some other super cool outdoor inspiration that we have featured in the past here on 1 Kindesign and be prepared to get mega-inspired! 58 Amazing bright and colorful outdoor living spaces and 54 Cool and relaxing outdoor living spaces to welcome summer.
Steps lead down to a beautiful garden reading nook.
Tucked in a garden is this cozy little hideaway that provides great shade for reading a book. String some inexpensive fairy lights to provide some ambiance and an oval bevelled glass mirror adds some sparkle and depth. Complete the look with some outdoor toss pillows, maybe a seat cushion for extra comfort and a throw to keep you warm on a cool day. You could design the top of the seat to open and store pillows when not in use.
A hanging Papasan chair would be a simple DIY project to make. The idea is to hang a papasan chair in an outdoor area of your choosing (try World Market or Pier 1, or even a flea market), get some heavy duty rope to suspend it and toss in some cozy throw pillows and maybe even a throw. The perfect idea for a comfy little reading nook to enjoy the great outdoors! Maybe even a great place to take a nap?
Design a covered bench in your outdoor space for reading on your patio or garden space. If you want to add extra comfort, stack cushion or pillows.
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This charming crisp white home caters to outdoor living, a perfect place to escape and unwind on the island of Formentera, in the Mediterranean Sea. The home is positioned on a quiet corner wrapped in silence, less than a mile from the beach. The property is an oasis of freshness, with junipers, pines and the intense scent of rosemary perfuming the air. An inner courtyard is the ideal spot for both sun and shade depending on the time of day. Climbing bougainvillea cover the porches, add bright bursts of color. The home is spread out over one level in the shape of a “U”, with porches wrapped around the perimeter. The home is open and airy and full of light, with cross-ventilation. The interiors showcase luminous white washed walls, tinged with natural colors of fabrics and accessories. All of the rooms have access to the outdoor living spaces, so during the summer months it helps keep fresh air circulating. Natural ventilation usually cools off the home so their is barely a need for air conditioning and ceiling fans.
We love the inviting outdoor living spaces of this cozy retreat, aside from feeling island bound, it would be a very hard place to leave. With the beach so close to the home, and cool ocean breezes to keep you feeling refreshed, this charming home is very ideal. Our favorite spot, the outdoor shower. There is nothing better than showering outside, if you have never experienced it before, it is heaven…and so ideal to wash off after spending the day at the beach before retreating indoors! What do you think, what is your favorite spot in this cool island home?
We have featured many breathtaking houses here on 1 Kindesign from the island of Formentera. In case you missed seeing them, we have a couple here to share with you: Chic summer retreat on the Formentera countryside and Beautiful stone house on Formentera: Can Manuel d’en Corda.
A spacious living room with two sofas centered around a fireplace is the perfect spot for conversation when the owners are not spending their time enjoying the outdoors. Rainwater harvesting is also an active practice in this home, where water is a precious commodity due to island living.
The interior courtyard is an deal shelter from too much sun or wind.
Photos: El Mueble
Get outdoor ready to have family and friends over for entertaining, or create a personal oasis of relaxation and surrender to the sights and sounds of nature. Your perfect outdoor space might be a stone deck with a fireplace and koi pond, or a suspended nest above the water, maybe a cozy living area sheltered from the sun thats tucked next to a trickling waterfall, the skies the limit! Outdoor spaces are generally enjoyed during the warmer summer months, but with fireplaces and outdoor space heaters, the length of enjoyment can even to spring and fall. Be sure to add lighting to any outdoor space, whether it be lanterns, candles, fairy lights, tiki torches, outdoor chandeliers or installed lighting that illuminates pathways, water features and greenery. Lighting creates a beautiful ambiance in the evening time and helps set the mood when you are dining al fresco. Outdoor spaces make entertaining more enjoyable, and allows more space when you are having a big gathering. We can’t think of any reason why you would not want some type of cozy outdoor space to retreat to on your property. If you live in an apartment or condo, please have a look at a past feature we put together for inspiration on how you can have a cozy outdoor balcony space. Below we have put together a collection of seriously amazing outdoor spaces that will surely blow you away. Have a look through the inspiring ideas below and get your pin button ready for some serious pinning!
If you are looking for more outdoor inspiration, we have featured plenty here on 1 Kindesign, have a look: 54 Cool and relaxing outdoor living spaces to welcome summer and 47 Irresistible hot tub spa designs for your backyard.
In this outdoor-scape, water bubbles over a beautiful urn, trickling down into a below ground reservoir.
We love the Nestrest by Dedon, a suspended sanctuary thats perfect for relaxation and even meditation. A private little nest, it shelters you from the sun, but allows you to enjoy the views of nature through the opening. Its a very playful concept, especially hanging above the water. What do you think, could you read a book here?
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When decorating a condo or apartment, oftentimes the balcony gets overlooked, but when decorated properly, it can be a charming oasis to enjoy the summer. Whether you have a small terrace or balcony, incorporating a table and some type of seating is integral to the design process. This way you can enjoy your views and have somewhere to place a drink and a book, or even potted plants and flowers. If your outdoor space is not sheltered, consider an umbrella to shade you from the hot sun in the warm summer months. Furnishings should be versatile, small but comfortable. Before purchasing, make sure you check the sizing of your space to make sure everything will fit properly. Consider even stackable or folding chairs if you don’t have a lot of space, that way they can be placed out of the way when not in use. If you select furnishings in bright hues, you will add a playful, vibrant feel to your outdoor space. Plants are a must to creating your little outdoor oasis, whether you create a vertical garden, place plants in pots on the ground or on a table, or hang them from the ceiling. Consider a small herb garden so that when you cook you will have some fresh herbs to add to your dinner! Enjoy romantic dining outside under the stars, on your balcony space, and even if you don’t have room for a table and chairs, you can always add a large floor pillow, they are lots of places that sell outdoor pillows, such as World Market and Pier 1 Imports. You could even affix a hammock on your balcony and enjoy an afternoon siesta. If you have enough space, you could also consider placing a love seat or small sofa and a throw to keep you cozy and comfortable while enjoying a good book.
And last but not least, don’t forget your lighting to create some welcoming ambiance. Try hanging string lights, cool lanterns, candles, the skies the limit. These items can be found at Ikea, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, etc., it all is contingent on your budget. If you are the creative type, scouring flea markets and Goodwill can be a very inexpensive option. You can create a very stylish and cozy outdoor atmosphere, have a look at the inspiration that we have gathered for you below to get some fabulous ideas! Don’t forget to let us know in the comments section below which ones are most inspiring to you.
Have a look at some other outdoor inspiration we have featured here on 1 Kindesign, such as 54 Cool and relaxing outdoor living spaces to welcome summer and 58 Amazing bright and colorful outdoor living spaces.
According to the homeowner, here are the costs for this small outdoor balcony project in Seattle, Washington: All plants: $75 (Home Depot, Ravenna Gardens), Planters: $80 (Home Depot and Seattle Goodwill), Soil: $12, Outdoor seating: $300 (Pier 1 Imports), Outdoor pillows: $21 (30% off at Pier 1 Imports).
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La Jolla Canyon Residence is a contemporary property featuring sculptural art forms, designed by Matrix Design, nestled in a private canyon in La Jolla, California. This fascinating residence is surrounded by lush landscaping, seamlessly blending interior spaces into outdoor spaces and pool terraces, taking advantage of the cool breezes. The homeowners have a unique outdoor sculpture collection that traverses through the numerous paths on the property that can be spotted from the balconies and terraces. Nestled in the natural contours of the land are pools, patios, and planted areas. The interior living spaces are comprised of 10,200 square feet spread out over one level, showcasing a spacious kitchen, family room and dining area, art studio, master bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The main house is adjoined to a four bedroom, two story structure by a 50 foot long art gallery, which is the main entryway to the residence. The entrance to the home is accessed by a pathway which runs parallel to a dry creek, ending in a solid granite bridge that leads to a pivot glass entryway door, framing an art wall of the gallery.
Exterior steps leads to an expansive open air rooftop terrace offering ocean view seating, an outdoor barbecue space and a vegetable garden that is large enough to fulfill the household needs.
What do you think of this unique home, anything you would have done differently to the design? La Jolla is an extremely beautiful place (beach community) to live, have a look at another inspiring home we featured here on 1 Kindesign from the area: Ultra-modern beach house in La Jolla.
In the dining room, a custom 24 foot table has been crafted from a single slab of live edge Indonesian Suar, 6 inches thick and separated into the individual pieces that acts as one long table during large dinner parties, separating into game table on wheels, an outdoor table table under a large overhand and separates the interior and exterior tables with a pocketed sliding glass door to offer several dining experiences. .The outdoor kitchen provides a natural extension of the long dining buffet, expanding the entire length from the kitchen, along the length of the dining table and out to the patio area.
This master bathroom features a steam shower comprised of mica schist stone.
The bedroom wing features a vertical garden, allowing natural light to penetrate through. Along a glass wall, bamboo has been planted, open to all the bedrooms and bathroom to allow both light and views at all ends. The bathrooms are completely clad in a rainforest limestone, mimicking the bamboo grove. A very rare bleached koa is the veneer on all the built-ins seen throughout the interiors of the home.
The exterior property showcases sculptural outdoor pool terraces, including a seventy foot lap pool that begins flush with the upper terrace yet emerges to form a ten foot high cube of dark reflecting water at its outermost length. “The vanishing edges waterfall into a spa at the middle mezzanine, and then into a lower level children’s pool that is surrounded by trees, art and landscape.” The outdoor living spaces were designed to be sculptural art forms to cater to the homeowners love affair with art.
Photos: Courtesy of Matrix Design
Romantic and extremely charming, this Spanish style villa has been newly renovated with lots of stylish features, located on a private street in Beverly Hills, California. Exuding the warmth and sophistication of of California living, this wonderful home dates back to 1927, offering comfortable interiors and cozy exterior living spaces. The villa is centered around a spacious courtyard showcasing spanish tile, several seating areas, outdoor fireplace, lap pool, decorative fountain and lush yard. The beautiful interiors are comprised of 4,290 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The home’s bright and airy interiors are lit by glass doors and plenty of windows. The living room features clay tile flooring and a wood burning fireplace with french doors that opens out to the patio to allow for more entertaining space. The fully-equipped kitchen offers a spacious island with seating and nearby breakfast nook and dining area. There is also open concept family room, a media room and a gym. There are two staircases that link the first floor to the second, with original stained glass windows. On the second level are the bedrooms, offering modern furnishings that harmoniously mixes with the traditional Spanish architecture. The master bedroom retreat has a beautifully designed en-suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe as well as a covered veranda with lovely views to the courtyard.
This fabulous property can be all yours for a mere $4,950,000, from here.
With steps leading up to a lovely entryway and lush greenery surrounding the home, you are immediately invited to step inside and enjoy everything this wonderful property has to offer. What you think? Do you love Spanish style homes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. If you love this style, you will really enjoy some other features we have showcased in the past here on 1 Kindesign, such as Spanish Revival home gets an exquisite facelift and Exceptional Spanish-style hacienda in Mexico.
Add a touch of whimsy by designing a playful outdoor living environment with colorful fabrics, textures and patterns and fun decorations to create your dream outdoor space. There are many things you can do to personalize and add character to your space, with the addition of unique furnishings, lanterns, cool planters, plush cushions, colorful area rugs, drapery curtains, string lights, chandeliers and even hanging chairs. To make your space fun, outdoor fabrics really are key, and come in everything from neutrals and strips to beautiful florals, geometrics and animal prints. Tropical plants can really add to your space as well, whether your living zone is immersed in plantings or you have them in pots and growing off your walls (ivy plants are perfect for this). Consider having a vertical wall with succulents growing off it, we wrote a great article on living garden walls for your reference. Don’t forget a fireplace or even a fire pit to keep you warm and toasty in the evenings and creates a great ambiance for entertaining your guests! So take your outdoor space from tired to amazing this summer with these whimsical and fun inspired ideas that we have collected for you below. We love your feedback on 1 Kindesign, so don’t forget to let us know in the comments which one was your favorite!
Have a look at some past inspiring articles on outdoor living with, 21 Inspirational examples of outdoor summer lounging spaces and 58 Amazing bright and colorful outdoor living spaces.
Create a Playful Garden Gallery Space: Add a touch of whimsy and fun by adding some frames to create an inviting space. There is outdoor wall art that you can place on your wall as well, which if you do not have a plant wall like the picture above, you can also affix to a retaining wall, or create your own wall with reclaimed wood.
Consider adding a tepee to your outdoor space to get out of the hot sun and have a place of privacy for reading and napping. This would also make a great play space for kids!
Nothing says playful more than a boho chic outdoor space! Hanging sheets in the trees adds a touch of whimsy.
Moroccan poufs and a hanging swing makes this outdoor space not only comfortable, but very fun!
Adding colorful fabrics with fun prints on the can add a youthful energy to your outdoor space. Area rugs are also a great addition, adding texture, color and some geometric print. A colorful umbrella also adds some playfulness to a space, and can help block the hot sun or rain. Colorful pots with bright blooms and lanterns adds some character and personality to the space.
Create a sunken living room in your backyard, complete with comfortable cushions and pillows, just make sure the fabric is made for outdoors so it doesn’t get bleached by the sun!
Outdoor area rugs are currently a very trendy design statement, helping to anchor outdoor seating areas.
Set the mood with string lights, creating a wonderful ambiance in the evening.
Add some playful color to your wall with vertical gardens, to get more inspiration, follow our new Vertical Gardens Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/onekindesign/vertical-gardens/
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