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Inside, out: tips on creating a cosy outside space

Want your outside space to feel just as welcoming and cosy as what’s going on inside? Us too. So we asked designer, author and plant fanatic Judith de Graaff how she achieved just that at her home in the South of France. Scroll on for her tips. 



1. There’s no need to buy more greenery when summer arrives. My top tip? Pop your houseplants in elegant pots and planters that can be easily moved back inside at night and when the cold weather returns.


2. Not got the best track record at keeping plants alive? Leaf-print cushions and textiles are a great way to add a botanical touch without having to worry about the watering. They’ll make your space feel super comfy, too.


3. Now it’s time to think about furniture. I’d recommend dotting a few garden stools around – you can use them as extra seating when guests arrive, side tables for drinks and snacks, or even as sculptural plant stands. So versatile!


4. In order to make the most of my outdoor time, I take the floor lamp from my bedroom onto the terrace once the sun sets. I love how it blends right in with the dark green leaves of my Strelitzia.

5. Your work is done. All that’s left to do is treat yourself to an iced tea (or mojito!) prepared with mint grown from your own balcony or garden. Then sit back on your sofa with your favourite book, and enjoy the calming vibes you’ve created.


Strelitzia augusta, Strelitzia nicolai, Strelitzia reginae, any kind of palm tree (Kentia, Areca, Livistona, Chamaedorea), banana plants (Musa tropicana, Musa acuminata, Musa dwarf cavendish), Crassula ovata, Crassula hummel, Aloe vera, Agave attenuata, Agave americana.



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