Drool Worthy South African Outdoor Living Spaces

If you’ve been following us over the past few weeks, we’re in the throws of our #summertravel2017 series. Except today. Today is to celebrate the most incredibly gorgeous outdoor spaces and to find ways to make these ideas workable at your place.

Meaning affordable shopping sources since this is not a luxury design blog. We’re about real life, real style, and real ways to get things done.

Having said that, bear with us, cuz outdoor furniture ain’t cheap. And the sources I’ve found are as close a match as I could find while keeping prices low enough to be doable.

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This article is inspired by all the outdoor living we’ve been doing since we got to South Africa. Yes, it’s winter here. No, it’s nothing like winter in Canada or in most parts of the US, including Alabama. While the locals are wandering around in sweaters and hats, this Canadian family is lounging by the pool most days and enjoying being outside any day that doesn’t have rainfall in it. People in South Africa really get how to make outdoor spaces completely livable since being outdoors here is big and you can be outside most of the year. I seriously love it here

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Some of my inspiration came from South Africa Home & Garden. I’ve become a bit addicted to this magazine since our host at our house sit was kind enough to stock pile them for me and left me a pile of new issues. Because she read this blog (like, all of it!) and knew what I love. Bless her!

Note for potential travelers: You might start a house sit as strangers but sometimes you become besties in 2 hours. True story. So glad we got to spend a few days together before they left on their month long trip to the US.

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This space has a seating and dining area. Love.

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Here’s a wider view of the same outdoor space. I’m not usually into neutrals but I could live here forever.

 

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This view is for real, you guys! I can barely drive around here without my mouth hanging open from the gorgeousness of it all.  Which has made driving on the left side even more challenging.

 

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I’m so glad I found this photo because it’s got a braai (Pronounced bry like cry. Probably because when you taste what’s been cooked in there, it brings tears of joy to your eyes.). This is South Africa’s answer to the cook out or barbecuing. Grilling food over an open wood fire. Holy heck, that’s some tasty experience.

 

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dining set (on sale!) || hanging lanterns || outdoor sofa || wicker chairs || PHOTO SOURCE

 

Isn’t this gorgeous? A beach house done all in white. Which our family would promptly destroy.

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Here’s the view from the other side of the house. Seriously…. I could die. I have to continually remind myself to stick with the season of our lives. Which, for now at least, holds a couple of small messy little boys 😉 And a wine drinking mother who regularly sets her glass on the sofa.

 

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I think when we get home I need to do more with our outdoor space than shove the kids out there and hope for some peace and quiet. I’m feeling very inspired these days.

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Ideas to Increase Curb Appeal

Who’s ready for some good weather and yard work? I am! You too? Good stuff. Because your home’s exterior is the focal point of your house. It’s the first thing visitors see when they arrive. Whether  you’re selling and want to up the curb appeal to make your house more appealing for buyers or you just want a nice view when you pull in the driveway, we’ve got some great ideas to up the wow factor for your home.

All kinds of great ideas to up the curb appeal of your home.- 24cottonwoodlane.com

Paint The Front Door

Your front door is what greets your visitors and welcomes them into your home. Make a statement with paint. Go bold, go neutral, but go something.

Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Paint the front door- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Paint the front door- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Paint the front door- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Add Some Planters

Planters add visual appeal to your porch, doorway, and front steps. If you pot the plants yourselves and upcycle old planters, you can save a bit of change and have something completely unique. No time? Nurseries have tons of ready made planters to go.

Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Add some planters.- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Add some planters.- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Update the Driveway

Updating the driveway isn’t always budget friendly but it makes a huge change in terms of curb appeal.

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These travertine brick pavers make this driveway a feature of the home.

Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Update the driveway.- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Just resealing the driveway makes a huge difference in terms of making your house look more appealing.

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Add some lighting

It’s nice to be greeted by pretty lighting, especially at night.

Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Add some lighting.- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Add some lighting.- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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A larger lantern adds instant lighting and charm to this pretty house.

Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Add some lighting.- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Add Landscaping

Let’s be honest, landscaping and plants aren’t cheap but if you do it yourself and add plantings over time, it takes the edge off the whole sticker shock thing.

Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Add landscaping- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Add landscaping- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Add landscaping- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Ditch the Front Lawn Completely

Really want to up the wow factor? Get rid of the front lawn and add landscaping. A double win for curb appeal and no more grass to cut.

Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Ditch the front lawn- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Budget Friendly Ways to Up the Curb Appeal of Your Home- Ditch the front lawn- 24 Cottonwood Lane
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Inspired to get outside yet and start working yet?

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