Backyard Bliss: Conjure a Global Oasis Outdoors
Even if your summer vacation takes you no farther than the pool, you can create a getaway feel for your backyard, patio or balcony
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Enjoy your yard like you'd enjoy a resort this summer. If you can't afford to get to Thailand or Spain, transform your backyard to bring those countries to you. A small garden, patio, loggia, porch, balcony or deck can all take on an international look. Here are three ways to get started.
- Close your eyes, spin the globe and stop it with your finger. If it lands somewhere like Antarctica, spin again.
- Take out the photos from a favorite trip and remember which elements made you feel like you were on vacation.
- Decide if any of the outdoor spaces below strike your fancy and copy what you like about them.
Designer Supon Phornirunlit looks for inspiration on his world travels. A Thai hotel lobby's reflecting pool inspired him to lose his high-maintenance plant collection on his deck in Washington, D.C., and replace it with a shallow pool. He created a relaxing Far East atmosphere by gathering inexpensive umbrellas, chairs and elephants from Pier 1 Imports and Ikea.
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The Moroccan outdoor lifestyle is all about sun protection and lounging. Rich local textiles bring color and softness to sandy stucco and rattan.
Remember to pay attention to lighting. There's no need to have an expansive electrical system installed; candlelight adds all the ambience this resortlike yard needs. If I had a yard like this, I would never need to travel anywhere.
Transport yourself to Kyoto by going for Japanese style in your garden. While Japanese gardens appear to be minimal and simple, every rock, sculpture, plant and path has been placed with great care. These elements inspire calm meditation when you're sitting and looking out at the garden and provide a very specific experience when you're walking through it.
Tommy Chambers Interiors paid special attention to the outdoor spaces surrounding a classic California Mediterranean house. He imported bright colors, tropical plants and geometries found on Spain's Mediterranean coastline.
Deep blue and white will take you away to Mykonos, Greece.
If your home doesn't have all of the crisp white architecture seen in the previous image, add it via your furnishings for a relaxed Greek island look.