May Summary + Music Playlist

With warming temperatures and summer in sight, we are already dreaming of late nights on the terraces, rooftop cocktails, summer barbecues and pool parties. If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space, embrace it and use it as an extension of your home’s square footage. If the space doesn’t feel inspired, spruce it up and make it a place you want to hang out, especially after being locked down lately due to the pandemic. Whether you’re planning to create an oasis in your backyard, a cozy patio, or even a plant-filled window, make the most of it and soak up the sun (with SPF!) as much as you can for that much-needed vitamin D! Press play on our latest Outdoor Party Jams Spotify Playlistand review our outdoor content from last month!

With panoramic views, this California home sits on steep terrain in the Hollywood Hills. GLUCK+ designed the house with a lower floor built into the hillside with a green roof that provides plenty of usable outdoor space. The upper level is the showpiece of the design with its glass-walled pavilion structure and floating angular roof.

To kick-start your outdoor glow, we’ve selected 12 modern outdoor finds we’re loving right now. From a stylish watering can to a hose rack, from an inflatable pool to a portable grill, from drinking glasses to a breadboard, we’ve got you covered so you can create the perfect outdoor oasis for you and your family.

AR Design Studio has completed The Climber’s Cabin, a tiny A-shaped cabin in the south of England. The 25 square meter structure, which resides where a forest meets a stream, offers guest quarters and space for the owner’s children that is separate from the main house. The resulting cabin is a quiet retreat in nature offering an escape from everyday life.

Having any degree of outdoor space is a treat – and although it’s generally unrecognized and underutilized for most of the year, spring and summer are your time to shine. To prepare your space for the impending sun and the good times it will bring, replace that rusty patio furniture and give your outdoor space a modern refresh. Whether you’re working with a backyard, a balcony, or anything in between, our top five outdoor decorating tips will make your outdoor space the place to be this season.

Set in the natural landscape of Minjerribah on North Stradbroke Island in Australian Queensland, Baker Boys Beach House is a new holiday home from REFRESH*DESIGN. The retreat’s design nods to local campsites where all cooking, living and sleeping takes place outdoors under a large tarp. Bedrooms and private bathrooms are intentionally small in order to maximize common space, giving a vacation vibe with views of the water and surrounding bushland.

Rinsing off in the shower after a day out on the beach or by the pool is refreshing. Outdoor showers make sense if you have the space to accommodate one, like Gessi’s outdoor shower. Showering outside, whether under the sun or starry skies, can be liberating and rejuvenating, right in your backyard.

Did you miss one of our monthly mood posts? Check them all out here and stay tuned as we reveal what we have in store for June’s design vibe…

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found looking for vintage merchandise, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen or reworking playlists on Spotify.