Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Outdoor Living by Selina Lake: Book Review

Looking at Leopoldina Haynes' lovely garden leads us very nicely onto sharing not one but two fantastic new books about bringing your outdoors in and your indoors out.

You must have heard of Selina Lake, stylist extraordinaire? In her new book, Selina turns her hand to making the very most of outdoor space. Outdoor Livingby Selina Lake (photography by Debi Treloar - always a good thing...) is published by Ryland Peters and Small and is available from rylandpeters.com. Let the book review begin!

Outdoor Living is not only jam-packed full of styled-to-exquisite-perfection photos but is also roly-poly full of gems and nuggets that are easy-peasy to put into practice. Not just one or two tips but page, after page, after Eden-like page...

Selina says, "You don't have to be an expert gardener to achieve my style outside, you just need lots of colourful and pretty accessories, and to look at what you have in a different light."

The lanterns arranged with soft symmetry on the stairs below is one such example of Selina's Country style-with-a-twist. Don't you adore the addition of the hydrangeas? I'm having a bit of a design-crush on white an green hydrangeas at the moment....

Outdoor Living includes instructions aplenty for many of the projects, such as this lovely tepee...

And, truly, have you ever seen such a gorgeous garden swing? On one hand, yes, it's just lilacs and a doily...but, on the other? Oh my! Anyone sitting on this would be transported into princess-mode in the twinkling of an eye. And that's got to be worth the few extra minutes this would take to set up, no?

From lighting to seating to hideaways to parties....Outdoor Living will give you so much inspiration that you'll find it hard to stay inside this summer!

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Such beautiful photographs ... amidst the snow that arrived in Chicago.

Happy Easter, Sarah.


Heaven's Walk said...

Love it all, Sarah! The boho spirit in her style truly speaks to my heart! MUST buy this book! :)

xoxo laurie

Unknown said...

Beautiful images! Exquisite colors! Oh how I wish I have a beautiful garden or backyard like that so O could play around with it! -Patrick Tan

Pennyblossoms said...

Don't get me wrong, I adore her books but, let me see...a bit short on access to fields and wild flower meadows at the moment!
But this is such a beautiful book and one thing I loved about The Larkins TV series was all those family meals out in the garden!
So far this year I've only managed coffee and toast,but let the al fresco eating begin!
Hope you are all well and thriving?
Z xx

Unknown said...

These are really beautiful! I only just started wanting to put some outdoor living spaces in my home. I got so many great ideas from your post!

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