Our spring season this year stuck around for about as long as a Leafs playoff run. With summer finally here, most of us are indulging in the precious ritual of soaking up the warm temps in our gardens and backyards.
I’m not big on pushing a lawn mower, so my dream backyard has to be an interesting space with very little maintenance. A patio should, like your home, be as luxurious as possible and a reflection of your personal taste. You should concentrate on providing a sense of seclusion with a low brick wall or a hedge to distinguish your terrace from your garden or your neighbour’s property. The patio is a place where pots can be most effective to house shrubs and plants. If you find that clay pots are too earthy or common, simply whitewash them or use fiberglass pots that now come in large scale for a sense of drama. A simple fountain on the wall, with no more than a trickle of water into a tub or stone scoop, will emphasize a cool, shady atmosphere.
When considering furniture, try to avoid plastic and choose teak, which weathers to a nice grey, or go with a slate tabletop for an elegant look while able to withstand the elements. For chairs, there are lots of variations out there, but I think it’s interesting to use vintage wood and metal folding chairs, which can be sourced in vintage shops or on E-bay.
To complete the design, consider adding a simple luxury such as outdoor speakers. Connect them to your home stereo and control your music selection from your patio lounger with a Bluetooth transmitter connecting your iPod to your home stereo system.
Have design dilemmas? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe I can offer some advice to steer you in the right direction.