Celia Sawyer’s Great Outdoors Style Tips ​

19.04.16

What better way to enjoy spring / summer 2016 than by making the most of the great outdoors? Interior designer Celia Sawyer is often asked to help improve and dress outside spaces to make them feel part of the lifestyle and home overall. According to Celia you can make your outside space as luxurious as the inside - here’s how:

First and foremost, selecting the right furniture is essential. What type of look are you trying to create? Modern, boho, white-washed beach haven, country, trendy, eco, the list goes on.

I personally like using dark or grey rattan juxtaposed against contemporary, crisp, white cushions to create impact. Seating is incredibly important as your outdoor space is to enjoy so you want your friends, family and guests to indulge and be comfortable.  I love glamorous day beds (think St Tropez beach party) and if you have the room I recommend you invest. Sky Line are masters of such furniture; beautiful yet natural shapes and gorgeous colours, you can’t go wrong with a day bed.

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Outdoor fireplaces are having their moment. You can revamp your garden or terrace into a cool hub by making the fireplace your central feature. I know people who have used old bricks to build the fireplace meaning its recycled and put sand on the floor to create a truly unique space. If building a fireplace is too much, invest in a fire pit. Nothing beats sitting round the warmth of a fire after dinner.

Alfresco dining is something we all love to do. Those long summer evenings that glow and seem to go on forever. Purchase a dining table and chairs, again in rattan or metal, over anything plastic and cheap looking – you may as well get this right first time. I have opted for a simple black rattan set with glass table top but dress the area up with an interesting centerpiece and cushions to add some interest and depth. Give it a go.

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Inspiring outdoor kitchens are extremely du jour, especially in the Caribbean and United States. Clay or brick kitchens that blend into the surrounding natural environment can be simply stunning. The advantage of creating an outdoor kitchen means the hosting (and mess that goes with it) is kept out of your main residence; something I know my clients find attractive! In this space add a large mirror as it reflects the light and is more inviting. There are some fantastic outdoor mirrors around with thick, rustic frames. Alternatively, over-sized French clocks are extremely popular and add a little character, creating the feeling of being outside with the comfort of being indoors.

As you begin to revamp your outdoor space you will seriously think about colours. Earthy colours and décor is a must; ochres and greens, taupe’s and greys, to keep things natural, then add stainless steel appliances for that raw, industrial touch and inject colour through one item alone. Within your seating area add a great coffee table; something natural looking, maybe a bit of driftwood or an oak table to add some charm; a nod to Mother Nature herself. Invest in some lanterns that are suitable for outdoors as these can act as the perfect accessories. I put flameless candles inside mine which are ideal as they are battery operated so not only are they safe but they don’t go out should there be a breeze. Being outside in the candlelight is really special.

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On the subject of lighting, I love using illuminous pots to really dress up outdoor spaces. There’s a great company called 8 seasons-design who are a fine example of these; their Shining Pot Collection includes numerous different shapes and sizes which glow and look fantastic on terraces or by a pool. The pots look smart with greenery and the shining globe, cube and even drinks-cooler are super stylish too.

Lastly, outdoor bars are the ultimate cool. I have one at my home and it gets so much use throughout summer. They’re actually fairly simple to build, source wood to keep costs down and as long as you have a flat surface, fridge and some bar stools you are ready to entertain.

So whether it’s an impressive terrace, colourful cabana, or quaint garden, show off what you have and make the most of your space. Make it innovative, spacious, elegant and refined.

About Celia

Celia Sawyer, founder of the exclusive Knightsbridge interior design company ‘Celia Sawyer Luxury Interiors’, first hit our screens as the stylish, sassy and straight talking dealer on Channel 4’s award winning primetime show, Four Rooms, currently in its fifth season.

As a dealer both on and off the screen she is constantly sourcing and collecting rare art, object d’art and valuables for her extensive client base and buying and selling for some of the world’s most renowned, musicians, film stars, sporting personalities, celebrities, entrepreneurs and influential property developers.

With her show stopping outfits, unique style and presence, Celia fast became the most talked about dealer on Four Rooms and quickly built up a legion of fans and following on from the success of Four Rooms, Celia was selected to front BBC One’s new factual prime-time, entertainment show Your Home in Their Hands, which had its debut in September 2014. This programme saw amateur designers (critiqued by Celia) take over other people’s homes across the UK for a make-over (often with a twist). The show received in excess of three million viewers a week and further cemented Celia as a go-to personality for anything TV, style, interiors and fun related.

In addition to being a TV personality, Celia is also a very well established and highly regarded interior designer with property credits that span the globe from Yachts and penthouses to London residences, beach houses and private jets. Becoming an interior designer was a natural evolution for Celia, following on from a number of requests she had for her unique and lavish sense of style and creative eye, post her own private property development renovation and interiors work. It was from here that Celia’s creative and savvy style for interiors came to life and after being asked to work on a plethora of contacts houses, she was then invited to work on a famous footballer’s residence and has never looked back. ‘Celia Sawyer Luxury Interiors’ now has a portfolio that spans the globe and with numerous high net worth clients, she counts actors, footballers, musicians, celebrities and Royalty amongst them.

2016 sees Celia further reinforce her position as a world leading interiors expert as she has recently been announced as an official judge for the International Property Awards. These highly prestigious awards set the precedent for many in the industry and Celia will bring her expertise and business insights to the table, to assist with the judging process.

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