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Hanover Avenue Designs Outdoor Rooms

Teal Chair
Sting Lights
Green Patio Umbrella
Grasshopper Pillow
Watering Can
Faux Succulents
Metal Chair
Patio Table
Green Floral Pillow
White Adirondack Chair
Solar Bulb
American Champion Bamboo Chair
Conch Planter
Hansley Bamboo Chair
Ancer Chair
Terra Cotta Planter
Succulent Planter

 Behind the Scenes

 

It took me years to realize Outdoor Rooms don’t need to be enclosed to be fantastic! We created these outdoor rooms in completely different cities and environments: the rooftop of Common House in the mountains of Charlottesville, my own tiny urban courtyard, and a sprawling drought tolerant yard in Texas. We wanted to show your these spaces together because they all illustrate simple insider design secrets that can help you create your own outdoor oasis no matter where you live – it’s like adding square footage to your house without adding walls. And who doesn’t love the idea of roasting a marshmallow in a living room?!


3 Insider Secrets

1. Create Intimate and Versatile Seating Groups.  The phenom Common House rooftop, is made more inviting by dividing the roof in to several “rooms”. The social calendar on the roof top of Common House is crazy cool and diverse, so we knew the space and the furniture grouping needed to be flexible. Sofa backs act as “walls”, planters acted as “corners”, and umbrellas and awnings acted as “ceilings”, yet all of these elements are moveable to accommodate changing floor plans for various events. We designed the planters on wheels so they can easily move and the umbrellas can shift around too – perfect for any gathering! Check out their instagram to see some of the cool events they host up here! *And a little plug for my faves at Common House, if you don’t live in Charlottesville, you can become an out of town member to have a home away from home for UVA games, weddings, polo, allll the fun things that happen in CVille! We designed the interiors with these fine gents, and we love the place a mongo amount – check it out the comfy cushions awaiting you!

On the opposite end of the spectrum, my minuscule, urban back yard only has two furniture groupings. Though it’s tiny, entertaining is still a blast because we have a place to eat at the table and another to chat around the fire. Best, my fire pit chairs are comfortable but still fold up flat so they can be stored when we need more room for larger gatherings. As a rule of thumb, 24″ between table areas and small seating areas is all you need in a smaller yard.

But what if a backyard is sprawling? It can be nice to make the grounds feel smaller by creating a covered dining area like we did with our clients below. Although this client’s budget allowed for a permanent awning, their “dining room” could have just as easily been under a live oak with the branches creating the ceiling.

2. Limited Palette. Call me a one trick pony, but I love outdoor rooms to be shades of blues and greens with only limited hits of high chroma. Especially in smaller backyards, keeping the palette hues of nature (think sky and foliages) allows the space to feel bigger and less cluttered. But if you are a person who loves hits of color, my best advice is to use restraint. For example, if you are loving yellow as your theme, choose various shades of yellow and make your accent colors those that mimic nature (blues and greens) rather than adding another strong color like purple as your accent. I think this allows the bold colors to shine without looking garish.

3. Make use of  unexpected pieces. I love outdoor rooms with items that don’t feel like they are meant to be “all-weather”. To me, it makes the space feel less contrived and more inviting. The fire pit in my back yard is really a very old caldron that my Dad gave me – his mom was a witch. {{Just Kidding}} But I love that it looks different and inherited! Some of the chairs I use outdoors are not weatherproof, but if I get them second hand for a few dollars and they give me a season or two of good wear, I think their quirky personality is worth their enjoying the sunshine and rain as much as I do. And outdoors is a place that I say do anything funky with accessories – def don’t limit yourself to the items you find in the outdoor section of big box stores!


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Faux Cactus
Green Patio Chair
Black and White Umbrella
Teal Chair
Faux Orange Flower Cactus
Green Charcoal Grill
Green Planter
Door Matt
Fire Pit
Cactus Pillow
Wind Sculpture

So what do you think of these outdoor spaces? We hope they inspire you to give your back yard, terrace, or balcony a little lift. Please reach out in the comments below with any questions/feedback, and of course, always send us your before and afters so we can oooh and ahhh with you!

#FlawlessDesignForAll & remember, pinning is winning 🙂

xoxo

Anne

 

Teal Chair
Sting Lights
Green Patio Umbrella
Grasshopper Pillow
Watering Can
Faux Succulents
Metal Chair
Patio Table
Green Floral Pillow
White Adirondack Chair
Solar Bulb
American Champion Bamboo Chair
Conch Planter
Hansley Bamboo Chair
Ancer Chair
Terra Cotta Planter
Succulent Planter

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