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Mission Outdoors: my 5 secrets revealed
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Mission Outdoors: my 5 secrets revealed

The good weather’s here, and ideas for decorating your home are blossoming too - but now’s the time to shift the focus outdoors. After all, the perfect summer is one spent mostly outside. And, strange though it seems, an interior designer can do exteriors too: in fact it’s a skill that’s increasingly in demand.

Outdoor space is even more precious for those who don’t have much time to spend at home: it’s a refuge and an escape. Hence the need for specific design skills, which can interpret the client’s lifestyle and create spaces that are beautiful to live in and easy to maintain.

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Tips & Hints from LOVEThESIGN, inspired by Andrea

Easy chair - sand
Salamanca garden lounge
Coccio Mira vase

Indeed, who says summer’s only for the beach or the lake? A town house too can be the ideal spot to enjoy the sunshine that lasts well into the evening at this time of year. And I know all about it: I’ve planned and supervised plenty of outdoor refurbishments in urban settings, all of them different and always bespoke projects, because every home - like every family - is unique.

It’s a trend that should be taken into account, and it’s not going away: nowadays having your own place to relax in is essential, even in the city.

My work has brought me into contact with many people who, like me, have chosen their homes because of the outdoor space they offer. Taking care of your plants, inviting friends for dinner, seeing your four-legged friend running free, practising yoga under the sky: these are priceless moments, and they require an appropriate setting. Investing in bespoke fittings and made-to-measure furniture doesn’t only mean improving the quality of your leisure time: a professionally-designed outdoor space increases the overall value of your home and improves its positioning on the property market.

My terrace in the sun

On the subject of outdoor living, I’m biased, but for a good reason. I live on the fifth floor of a 1920s apartment block - but before that I lived on the second floor. So what happened?

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Tips & Hints from LOVEThESIGN, inspired by Andrea

Cat in Hay plate small
Tolomeo Paralume Outdoor Floor - outdoor floor lamp OLD

I’d been looking for a home with a large terrace for some time, so that I could have an open-air living space, but the only apartment for sale at the time was on the second floor. Having viewed eight different apartments, I decided the area was worthwhile regardless: I started the work. which lasted a year, and six months after I moved in…the top floor of the block came up for sale! It was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.

Having a space like this in the city is a privilege that should be taken full advantage of. To start with, a table and some chairs for open-air dining are all you need - and obviously a sun bed and a coffee table for relaxation. But the secret is to consider the terrace as an extension of the house, rather than a separate entity; and the same care should be taken in its planning. High quality flooring and surfaces, wall decorations, clever lighting and fine fabrics make the difference between any old balcony and the perfect outdoor space.


A neglected terrace not only looks ugly, it’s also unpleasant to live in. As you prepare your outdoor space for enjoyable gatherings and long summer days, it’s vital to balance style and comfort in order to create a place that’s inviting and always impeccable.

Cushions and colours

Wickerwork chairs or wooden benches: great choices that can become perfect with a couple of carefully-placed cushions. Now’s the time to choose fun prints and play with colours: it’s the season for clashing patterns!

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Outdoor accessories require the same amount of attention as those in the living room. Rearranging the layout of your living room to reflect the atmosphere on the terrace is a masterful touch: a sofa facing armchairs and coffee table create the ideal spot for relaxation.

Light up the summer nights

This summer the look is Cali Style. A string of lights over the table, strategically-placed maxi lanterns and candles: little details that’ll make your outdoor space even more inviting.

Lightweights curtains

I only need to imagine them gently swaying in the breeze and I feel more relaxed. For a classy look: choose the lightest of fabrics and pale colours.

An extra touch: a swing

A detail that’s poetic and super chic at one and the same time. Hanging from a branch if it’s outside, or inside but facing a large window, the classic swing with braided ropes immediately brings back that childhood sensation of freedom.


Visit my blog to see more photos of the project and watch the episode of Cambio Casa, Cambio Vita! featuring a Outdoor Mission.


Inspired by Andrea’s fantastic work, here are the LOVEThESIGN team’s suggestion based on Mission Outdoor.

Frizzino ottoman
Eve vase H 101 cm
Tolomeo Paralume Outdoor Hook - outdoor chandelier OLD
Varjo rug 170 x 240 cm
Clessidra wall lamp (20°+20°)
Dream Line Chair
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