Spring is finally here (woohoo!), which means for a lot of us in the colder areas of the world, it’s time to start planning our outdoor spaces. This beautiful backyard living space inspired by the colors and textures of the French countryside is sure to help get the ideas flowing.
This Orinda, California based family of four enlisted the talents of designer Kari McIntosh to create an outdoor oasis that was comfortable yet elegant and would highlight their picturesque views of Mt. Diablo. With a husband who is a professional chef, the family often hosts gatherings of various sizes, which Kari thoughtfully considered throughout the design. By providing an assortment of flexible seating and creating 3 distinct sitting areas that flow seamlessly into one another, Kari designed a space that could easily accommodate gatherings both large and small.
Woven lounge furniture and pillows from Pottery Barn | Blue ceramic stool from Wisteria
“The family that lives here entertains a ton!”, explains Kari. “The husband is a professional chef and owns a catering business. Their outdoor entertaining ranges from multi-course sit down adults only dinners to multiple families together for causal parties of 30+ people. As a result, they needed a dining area that would be extremely comfortable for long dinners and inspire lingering. Originally, they wanted all of the chairs to have arms for this reason, but we went for side chairs without arms to fit more people at a seated dinner.”
Head wooden dining chairs from Restoration Hardware | X-Back Bistro Chairs from Pottery Barn | Custom dining seat cushions by Duralee Fabric
“The entire lounge space was created with flexibility in mind. I suggested the ottomans on the other side of the seating area so that their stellar view of Mt. Diablo would not be blocked and it would provide flexibility. The family can lounge there and kick their feet up during the week and then on weekends they can seat many more people by using the ceramic tables as stools and using the ottomans as seats. For larger parties the dining table becomes a buffet table with flow seating around the lounge area.”
Coffee table from Restoration Hardware
“For the rocking chairs by the bbq, we replaced a small dining area that was intended as ‘sweetheart dining’. The homeowners prefer to have their dining area closer to the house and kitchen and by adding the rocking chairs with the view to Mt. Diablo, the homeowners can sip a glass of wine and connect here after work. When they entertain, a guest or two can chat with the chef manning the bbq to keep him company.”
Rocking Chairs from Frontage | Blue mosaic table from Crate & Barrel
Kari was able to meet the needs of this dynamic family by creating a multifunctional outdoor space perfect for entertaining and family leisure. Sanctuary Seekers, what does your ideal outdoor space look like?