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Design Space: The secret to creating simple outdoor spaces

Begg says the arrival of spring brings with it outdoor dining. This wonderful outdoor setting has been created using with mis-matched chairs.

Ever since I was a child, I've loved the lazy, care-free days of spring; the trees heavy with blossom, the fields tinged with gold, the evenings long and light.

Morning coffees, quick weekday dinners and long Sunday lunches all taste so much better when enjoyed outside.

I like to make the most of the warmth in the garden by creating alfresco 'rooms' that are an extension of the indoor living space – a dining area with a low table, or a relaxing nook made from cushions, and plenty of throws to snuggle under once the sun goes down.

Design Space columnist and owner of The Workroom, Anna Begg tells us how to create a simple outdoor space.

Spring brings with it an extension of your living space Begg says, with outdoor areas
easily created with cushions and throw.
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I've been looking at some of my favourite new-season colours over the last couple of weeks. This spring, I love the use of indigo denim blues and how they give such a fresh summery look to any outdoor space. 

Begg's recent purchase of indigo denim blue cushion covers set off her outdoor room. 
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Creating a traditional picnic is such a simple pleasure. The idea of a casual and stylish outdoor space for friends and family to relax and enjoy. 

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To create your own simple picnic start with a base layer of rugs, skins or throws to create that feeling of an outdoor room. You can use a variety of different rugs; I love the texture of linen so I have used a linen tablecloth to create my space seen below.

Begg creates an outdoor room with a base layer of rugs of different materials and textures.
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I have fun with large cushions; mixing and matching different textures and colours to create a relaxed and informal feel. I have mixed stripes and plains to give that light summer feeling. Continue to use different textures with your food styling. I love large wooden chopping boards and vintage glassware for enhancing the nostalgic picnic feel.  

Plants and flowers are really the finishing touch every room needs, even in an outdoor space. Use what you have, flowers from the garden or bring some indoor plants outside. You can combine herbs, like sage and mint to give a rustic, farm-to-table look.

Including vintage pieces, such as the glass jar, to a picnic can give a nostalgic feel Begg says.




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