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Longer days and warmer nights invite us to spend more time outdoors…breakfast in the garden, dinner on the veranda, cocktails under the stars, or perhaps a midnight dip in the pool…may these tranquil and beautiful outdoor rooms sweep you off your feet (and into a comfy hammock or chaise lounge!)

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photos from Elle Decor, Veranda, House Beautiful, Lonny and The Gifts of Life

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Born in Tuscany, educated in London, landscape designer Luciano Giubbilei blends the heart and soul of his Italian heritage with the rigor and discipline of his academic/professional years spent in London. It is this unique combination of passion and precision that sets his work apart. He describes himself as an interior designer for the outdoors ~ “like interior designers, I consider the texture, style, colour, and atmosphere of my gardens, and particularly how people might interact with the space.” These magical outdoor rooms are altogether alluring yet highly functional works of art ~ perfect for lounging, dining, entertaining and of course, dreaming…

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“My gardens are about atmosphere…and the simplicity of the design leaves room for real magic – in the dappled shadows of sunlight through leaves on the lawn, for instance, or subtle uplighting through branches after dark. These are features you have to feel as well as see” ~ Luciano Giubbilei, House & Garden

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above and below ~ Addison Road

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“We return time and again to the comfortable vocabularies, images, sounds, memories, thoughts and feelings that constitute the boundaries of experience and expression…yet every now and then, we encounter a breakthrough moment – a rare instant when the daunting constraints of possibility melt away and then we gain the courage to focus through new lenses.” ~ Luciano Giubbilei from his book titled Nature and Human Intervention

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above and below~ The Laurent-Perrier Garden at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show, garden design Luciano Giubbilei, architect Kengo Kuma, and sculptor Peter Randall-Page

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“I was studying banking and living with my English girlfriend, Sarah, in a walled garden in Chianti. I became obsessed with the lawn, irrigating it every evening, and friends loved coming round for dinner there. One evening I mentioned to Sarah what a great job it would be to create such spaces for other people, and she told me there was this career in England called garden designing.” ~ LG from Telegraph Magazine

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above and below ~ Morocco

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“English flower gardens – I just loved them completely. I would go to Kew and to Wisely and write down all the names. But gradually I really got into the structure of gardens. I suppose it all goes back to those photographs of the Gamberaia…I like a strong axis, projecting the lines of the house out into the garden…I try to make everything beautiful at night – trees and pots picked out with uplighters.” LG from Telegraph Magazine

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above and below ~ Barcelona

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“My gardens are really installations. I would not want you to compare what I do to an English flower garden, where there is such understanding of nature. This is different and has a different function, and the results can be quite instant.” LG from Telegraph Magazine

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above and below ~ The Boltons

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“Gardens are simply rooms. I’m really just an interior designer, outdoors.” LG from Design Week

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above and below ~ Holland Park

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opening quote from Design Week Magazine, photographs from Luciano Giubbilei

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over the hedge

I have always loved the look of a boxwood hedge…whether grand or petite, its sculpted form lends order to our outdoor world…these organic “walls” highlight the beautiful flora around them, almost the way our interior walls highlight beloved works of art

photos from houzz.com

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The simple pleasures of a summer garden…golden light, flowers in bloom, butterflies in flight, long days and warm nights…enjoy!

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Lots going on today! Rather than leave you high and dry, I’ve decided to re-post one of my favorites from last summer! Whether a simple country retreat, city roof deck or tropical paradise, these mouth watering outdoor rooms are sure to get you in the mood for summer!

photos from Elle Decor

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I just had to share with you another new discovery from the outdoor room post…I am head over heels for the photo above! Artful, sophisticated, clean and inviting…I couldn’t wait to research the creative mind behind this space! J. Randall Powers is the homeowner and designer who conceived this stunning Houston home…my favorite is the dining room, (seventh photo) thoughtfully furnished with a Sutcliffe dining table by Dessin Fournir and Flat Bar Brno chairs by Knoll; the art includes works by Julian Schnabel and Ford Beckman…for me, this is the definition of effortless sophistication…

“I do not follow trends and do not like to be categorized by stereotypical whims of decorating. I adore the irreverence of many different periods and find that the best rooms looks timeless when they’re layered with unique objects and peppered with sentimentality.” ~ J. Randall Powers

photos by Joshua McHugh for Elle Decor

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Today’s post is all about taking a closer look…one of the outdoor rooms from yesterday’s post sparked my interest, a Venezuelan home designed by the homeowner and architect Fernando Arriaga…this home is unbelievably beautiful but what really blew me away is the innovative use of materials…built in concrete sofas (third photo) serve as functional pieces of furniture as well as objects of art…their modern form work in perfect harmony with the natural wood columns, raw open beam work, lush green landscape and vibrant blue water…brilliant! For me, the most spectacular room is the guest bedroom (last photo) that opens to a dramatic view…the space is furnished with a custom concrete platform bed, an African chair, Tolomeo reading lamps by Artemide, and the floor is sandblasted marble…can you imagine waking up to that view? Wow…

photos by Simon Upton for Elle Decor

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