Hopping on a plane to an exotic destination is something we're all thinking about these day, but, alas, travel is probably not on the cards for most of us. (At least, not yet!)
Make the most of your time at home this summer with the help of luxury garden furniture, some outdoor accessories and a plethora of inspiration from some favourite holiday getaways and their resort style.
Cobalt blue roofs aside, the architecture of Santorini is remarkable minimalist. Those pristine white walls never get old and their simplicity is the only way to make sure that the island’s heavenly views don’t get overshadowed. Replicate the look with clean-lined furniture upholstered in bright white linen-like fabrics, pale woods (to give that sun-bleached look) and punctuations of colour for some Mediterranean vibrance. And don’t forget your beach towel!
Whether a wild and whimsical English country garden design or an elegant and stately one, English garden design has a place in the hearts of many for its evocative romance. It schools in the art of pretty—think Chelsea flower show, climbing roses climbing over arched doorways and lakes strewn with lily pads. To get the look, opt for decorative cast iron garden furniture (a wrought iron bench is quintessentially English garden), old stone structures and Scottish woollen throws because, after all, it does sometimes get cold! We love how the lattice pattern of the Haze cushion mimics wrought ironwork.
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London terraces might be small but they’re mighty in design appeal. And as the outdoor counterparts of some of the world’s most stylish interiors, they have a lot to live up to. Defying dimensions, designers think outside of the box when it comes to roof terrace ideas, making the most of the space they’ve got with simple furniture styles which maximise space and comfort and stylish accessorising. (The London terrace often features vases, bowls and coffee table tray arrangements just like those you’d find in an indoor living space.) Colours are typically greys and neutrals which offer a subtle contrast to a garden’s greenery and which feel in keeping with the rest of the home.
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Italy’s Amalfi coast is full of natural beauty and remarkable history so we love the idea of transplanting the modern Italian style of Milan to its southern coast for an unexpected style contrast. Look out over the picturesque cliffside towns from a chic vantage point by using contemporary garden furniture and a timeless white, grey and wood colour palette as your foundation. Accessorise with smart grey outdoor cushions and a terrace full of hurricanes and lanterns.
French Riviera resorts have been the first and last word in summer style for over a century (thanks to the A-list clientele who frequent them) so it’s an obvious choice to emulate when considering your staycation look. Designs which we recognise as quintessentially classic have their origins in the French Riviera. The luxurious resort destination is recognised by its Breton stripes, woven baskets, blue and white palettes and nautical motifs. Adopt its style precedent into your outdoor space with a woven furniture in sandy tones, a smart backgammon set (in navy blue, of course) and flawless barware to serve up those iconic summer cocktails.
The party island and its hotels, villas and yachts are best known for their modern island style. Monochrome palettes are the consensus as are cool but comfortable contemporary outdoor furniture; accessorising is kept to a minimum; and outdoor seating arrangements are open and refreshing. But the island does have its fair share of historical importance which informs its style aesthetic. With many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ibiza’s old town offers an underlying tradition. To get the look, blend old with new—a modern palette with simple upholstery and a wicker finish provide the best of what Ibiza has to offer.