The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating

There are so many ways to decorate an outdoor space. You can get just as creative with it as an interior space and work with nature to create something truly spectacular. One of my favorite looks that has been gaining popularity lately is sunken outdoor seating.

Sunken seating is when a seating area is built into the ground and requires you to step down into it to reach it. This arrangement is great for a variety of reasons:

  1. It gives you extra privacy because you’ll be sitting below ground level, creating a more intimate and cozy atmosphere.
  2. It doesn’t disrupt the view from the house. While regular, ground-level furniture will get in the way of the view from the house windows, sunken seating will allow you to see right over it.
  3. It is harmonious with the landscape and can be made to look like it is a part of it.

Besides all of these practical advantages, sunken outdoor seating can also look beautiful and stylish depending on the materials and shapes that you choose. It’s very versatile, suiting everything from a rustic landscape to a more modern, minimalist one.

Here are some great examples to inspire you.

Sunken Outdoor Seating Ideas

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThis beautiful sunken seating area looks like it is floating in the pool.
Source: Jonn Coolidge Interiors

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comA small but cozy sunken seating area features a modern firepit and fits right into the landscape.
Source: AD Design File

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe sunken nature of this seating area creates more privacy in this urban garden.
Source: Disc Interiors via Decor Pad

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe charcoal seating and accent wall create a dynamic contrast with the green hedges.
Source: HGTV

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can climb right into this sunken seating area after a dip in the infinity pool.
Source: Conrad Hotels

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThere is something so cozy about stepping down into this firepit area after enjoying dinner on the patio.
Source: Playa Vik Jose Ignacio

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe curvature and landscaping made this sunken seating area look so natural.
Source: Luxe

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe back part of this sunken seating area serves as the outdoor kitchen and bar area for serving, making the most of the space.
Souce: Sunset

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comThe sunken set-up is perfect for a modern and minimalist space.
Source: Casa Sugar

The Cozy & Stylish Look of Sunken Outdoor Seating | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can even do a budget-friendly sunken seating area with stacked stone, hedges, gravel and your choice of movable seating.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Would you ever consider this for your outdoor space?

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas

If you want to add some instant charm to the exterior of your home, a Juliet balcony could be just the thing you are looking for. The name is derived from the classic Shakespeare play, Romeo & Juliet after the balcony from which Juliet calls out the famous line, “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”

A Juliet balcony has either very little space or no space at all to walk out onto. However, they offer the same effect visually from the outside as a traditional balcony. French doors usually lead out onto them, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outside and give a space more of a feeling of openness without the spatial requirements of a full-blown balcony.

A Juliet balcony provides a ton of character to a space. Of course, they suit the traditional French style incredibly well (you will find them all over Paris, for example) but they also look great in a variety of other home styles, from traditional to modern facades.

Here are 10 great examples of Juliet balconies and some of the great design possibilities you can explore with them.

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comBeautiful iron work gives this Juliet balcony an extra flair and brings more character to the small bathroom.
Source: My Design Chic

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThe wrought iron of the railing below balances nicely with the Juliet balcony above.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a more minimalist look, a streamlined railing that matches the trim will keep things clean and tight aesthetically.
Source: Luxe

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a small home, a Juliet balcony will give your space some breathing room and provide some character to the exterior.
Source: Southern Living

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThough this bathroom is small, all the simplicity of design, the window, and the Juliet balcony make it feel very open and breezy.
Source: Architectural Digest

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comJuliet balconies give the third story a chance to enjoy the coastal view without competing with the larger balcony on the second level.
Source: House Beautiful

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThe small Juliet balcony above the wrap-around front porch gives this home’s exterior more depth and interest.
Source: Southern Living

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThese two Juliet balconies help make the space over the garage look less like just the garage and more like part of the home.
Source: Luxe

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis minor architectural feature brings so much more character to the exterior of this home.
Source: HGTV

10 Charming Juliet Balcony Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis small living space is made to feel so much more open and grand thanks to the French doors being able to open wide out onto the Juliet balconies and to the city beyond.
Source: Daily Mail

A Juliet balcony brings more than just the benefit of extra character to your home. It can also be highly functional and create a more open flow in a small space.

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready

In every season, color plays a huge role in how we perceive it through design. With summer around the corner, it’s all about embracing the bright and vivid colors that capture the fun and relaxing energy of the playful season. The best place to do this is, of course, in your outdoor space.

You can have some great outdoor parties during the summer, so you want your porch, patio or balcony to be ready for it. A colorful outdoor space is best for this time of year. It’s easy to create without spending a lot of money and can even be accomplished in an afternoon with some quick, new accents. Taking advantage of colorful decor is one of the best ways to freshen up an outdoor space.

Check out these 10 ideas for colorful outdoor spaces that are sure to inspire you.

Ideas for Colorful Outdoor Spaces

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comWe staged this patio with a blue outdoor sofa and a colorful rug to liven up the space.
Source: ProfessionalStaging.com

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comAll the colors of this fun and funky patio are inspired by the garden life that surrounds it.
Source: One Kings Lane

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft orange and turquoise together make this little patio area feel fresh and charming.
Source: HGTV

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comThe maroon and yellow pillows pop beautifully against the crisp, light blue cushions.
Source: House of Turquoise

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comPink accents play well off the greenery that surrounds this cozy corner.
Source: Home Beautiful

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comOrange is the most energetic color in the rainbow and one of our favorites to use in a colorful outdoor space.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comSome colorful lanterns bring the color upward and look so charming hanging from the trees.
Source: Real Simple

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comColorful outdoor curtains are a great way to infuse some color in the space while also providing some shade from the summer sun.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft coral brings some cheer and style to this southern porch.
Source: Southern Living

10 Colorful Outdoor Spaces That Are Summer-Ready | HomeandEventStyling.comThe blue area rug helps define this sitting area by the pool while also providing a great pop of color that matches the pillows.
Source: House Beautiful

To make your outdoor space summer-ready, try incorporating some colorful cushions, accent pillows, an area rug, or some potted plants to quickly and easily bring it to life.

Warm regards,
Megan

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s full of fun and energy and spending time outdoors in the sun. Capturing this spirit in your decor is a great way to extend the experience through your home. One of the best places to do that is on your porch or patio, of course!

Orange is a color that really captures the essence of summer. It’s bright, energetic, and playful, perfect for the season that is all about letting go and having a great time. It’s a color that is full of life. Because of its bold and vibrant nature, a lot of people shy away from using it inside their homes. But the rules are completely different outside ─ it could be the perfect spot for you to explore your bolder side.

Here are 10 outdoor spaces with orange accents that have stylishly captured the vibe of summer.

Decorating with Orange on Your Patio

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comAll the orange on this porch pops with stunning effect against the white backdrop.
Source: House Beautiful

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comWhite and orange show again how perfectly they go together.
Source: HGTV

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comBlue and orange are also a winning pair, especially in this modern setting that is a bit icy and warmed by the contrast of the orange.
Source: Sunset

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comDoesn’t the orange and blue decor give you a burst of energy just looking at it? It looks like a party!
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comWhile orange is definitely the star color on this balcony, some other accents bring extra life to this playful but chic space.
Source: Coastal Living

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comMuted orange can still have the same energizing effect while capturing a more understated, sophisticated appeal.
Source: Style Me Pretty

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comThe rug really makes this space pop and feel out of the ordinary.
Source: The Every Girl

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comThe orange accents interact beautifully with the lush, green landscaping to make the deck area feel more dynamic.
Source: Southern Living

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comJust a few pops of orange elevate the style on this relaxing porch.
Source: New England Home

Bringing a Summer Flair to Your Patio with Orange | HomeandEventStyling.comBeing selective with your color ─ orange trees, a bouquet of flowers, and a roaring fire ─ will help you create a super chic atmosphere like this luxurious patio.
Source: Architectural Digest

If you are looking for a way to spice up your outdoor area, orange accents will definitely do the trick.

Warm regards,
Megan

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art

It doesn’t require many elements to make an outdoor space look stylish and inviting. Some comfortable seating, a little bit of color, and a few key decor pieces go a long way out there. One of the most overlooked elements to really make this space feel like home is wall art.

Though we all love to hang beautiful wall art inside, it’s often forgotten when it comes to decorating a patio. There are plenty of great options for outdoor wall art, even paintings that are weather proof. This simple touch can do wonders to an outdoor space.

Here are 10 stylish examples of outdoor wall art, from the green and traditional to the more modern and abstract.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comThis abstract installation brings a great contemporary appeal to this otherwise rustic patio.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comLighted orbs make an artistic statement along this pool wall, mimicking the look of bubbles.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comShadow boxes hold white sculptures for a contemporary spin on nature.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comSucculents have been arranged into an artistic feature that is literally brimming with life.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comA couple of pillars and a beautiful mirror complete the chic, indoor-outdoor look of this patio.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comBy arranging vines in an interesting pattern, you can create wall art right out of nature itself.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comA wrought iron feature takes advantage of the great height above the fireplace.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comBring the garden up the wall to combine gardening with decor.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comHere is another example of a succulent display that added green life to this small outdoor space.

Adding Style with Outdoor Wall Art | HomeandEventStyling.comCobalt blue vases and a matching rabbit bring charm and character to this outdoor dining room.

If your outdoor living area feels like it is lacking something, consider how wall art might give it that finishing charm you’ve been looking for.

Warm regards,
Megan

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