We’ve been soaking up as much of this Summer’s intermittent sunshine as we can and staring blissfully into those cloudless blue skies, as before too long these Summer days will fade just like my tan.

There is no denying indoor-outdoor living is intrinsic to the Australian Summer lifestyle. We brave the humidity, the mosquitoes and the flies to embrace the sense of openness and freedom it brings after being cooped inside during the colder months. But how exactly do you make the most of your outdoor space? 

Comfort is Key

Although the same can’t be said for my usual choice of footwear (ahem!), the key to a great outdoor space is comfort. Whether you’re after the perfect entertainers space where you can effortlessly mingle with friends and family, or are craving a sanctuary of solitude, there are many ways to create the outdoor space of your dreams.

Consider your outdoor space as an extension of the interior or another “room”. Invest in plush outdoor furniture for lounging, integrated ceiling fans for comfort, lighting for practically, a kitchen or bar for convenience, and added decorative items such as rugs and cushions (suitable for exteriors) for the perfect finishing touches. 

If it is a dedicated relaxation destination you are after, a simple element like a hammock instantly evokes a beach holiday vibe in your own home. If you have the luxury of space, a pavilion is the perfect way to achieve a luxurious resort feel all year round.

But the great outdoors need not be limited to the warmer months (or sadly in some cases weeks!). The ultimate addition to add comfortability and usage to any exterior is a fireplace or pit. It can provide an unexpected focal point, a place for friends and family to gather, as well as the perfect ‘me time’ spot to unwind after a busy day. Best of all it can be enjoyed all year round and doesn’t require a green thumb!

Whether your outdoor space needs a little (or a lot!) of TLC, head over to our SUMMER LOVES Pinterest board for more inspiring ideas to create the ultimate living experience in your own great outdoors.

All images via Pinterest