How To Create An Outdoor Oasis

And so the good weather has finally arrived! Whether you have a patio, back garden, or a small balcony, take advantage of the warm temperatures and long evenings with our guide to creating a luxurious and inviting outdoor oasis.


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We browsed around on Pinterest to find these inspiring outdoor living spaces. Remember, you don’t need all that much: lots of cushions, some comfy seating, a cosy fire, and lots of lush greenery … And our top tips on how to design your own outstanding outside oasis:

  • Find furniture and accessories that are both practical and relaxed.
  • Keep the seating low.

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  • Don’t overcrowd your outside area.
  • Build it around a fire pit, a nice low table or a worthy water feature.


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  • Don’t go ultra-expensive; keep it neat, simple and open.
  • Replicate your living room colours and style for that indoor-outdoor symmetry.


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  • Create functional, easy-maintenance spaces in which you can socialise effortlessly with your family and friends.
  • Try out different designs, using your favourite brands via tools such as Polyvore or Sketch-Up.


Finally, here are some casually sophisticated products we liked that would look great in any outdoor space:

The Lounging Area 


Skagerak oak outdoor daybed on | Outdoor rug in blue on | Corn floor cushions on 

The Dining Space


Skagerac outdoor table on | Director’s chair on

For The Table 

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Round serving tray from | Artisan dinner plates on | Soapstone lantern on

Fireside Area 


Beach chair from | Steel fire bowl on

Family Fun 


Horse tyre swing and peering cat ornament on | Colour-in picnic blanket on

For more garden design inspiration, check out the Urban Garden and House Garden boards on Diana Valentine’s Pinterest.

What kind of outdoor lounge are you dreaming of? Have you got a magazine-worthy outdoor oasis? Send us your Minstagrams here by using #MintMagpie.

Diana Valentine runs a lifestyle, arts and interiors blog sharing interiors inspiration, practical decorating tips, fascinating finds for the creative and the curious, and musings on design, food, and travel adventures.

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