Rachel Paxton is the designer and author of the home design blog Maison de Pax. She draws inspiration from her former years living in Paris, a passion for bringing a new life to old things, and her lover for her family.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a perfect spring day in the garden with warm sunlight, cool breezes, and fragrant flowers. When designing an outdoor garden space, don’t limit yourself to purely functional pieces. Find beautiful furniture, planters, and accessories that appeal to all five senses to create a serene garden oasis.
About eight months ago, we moved from a beautiful, 75-year-old colonial in the city to a little over an acre in the Texas hill country. For our first spring in this home, I wanted to create a space – a perfect garden oasis – to really enjoy it. I think the way to create a real outdoor sanctuary is to find a way to appeal to all five senses.
Start with gorgeous wooden outdoor furniture with natural grain and rich, warm finishes. An outdoor storage bench is a fantastic multi-functional piece. This Belham Living Brighton Deck Box comes with a cushion so it’s comfortable and offers lots of storage space.
Stylish planters filled with fragrant flowers are the perfect way to appeal to your sense of smell. Or consider nice smelling leaves like mint that can later serve your sense of taste.
The fragrant mint leaves will be the perfect garnish to your next drink served from a chilled Moscow Mule Mug. Durable serving pieces are essential to outdoor snacking.
Grab an outdoor throw pillow … or five. Hayneedle has more color, style, and size options than you could possibly hope for. I chose a mix of patterns and sizes including one with a floral flourish, a small geometric, and a larger geometric. Other ways to appeal to your sense of touch could be through cushioned seating, throws, and even plants with a soft, lacy texture.
Last, but certainly not least, drown out outside distractions with some soft sounds. Wind chimes with gentle notes are the perfectly soothing element to complete the space.
The best thing about this concept is that it can be achieved anywhere in any size space. Whether you have an acre to work with or a 3-foot square patio, you can create your own garden oasis by building a multi-sensory experience.
Rachel Paxton – Maison de Pax