Modern Outdoor Oasis Inspiration: 3 Looks

I am so excited for the weather to grow mild where I live in Northern Illinois! It was snowing the other day (as it often does in April), but there are all these bulbs popping up and signs the ground is softening. So today I am thinking about all of us who may be feeling energized this particular season as we consider special outdoor spots for relaxing, dining, meditating, dreaming, reading, and gathering. Modern Outdoor Oasis Inspiration: 3 Looks is comin at ya!

Grey rattan patio chairs with light blue linen lumbar pillows create a peaceful conversation area outdoors - Hello Lovely Studio. Come explore 3 looks for a modern outdoor oasis!
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Modern Outdoor Oasis Inspiration: 3 Looks

Before you go thinking something crazy (like I’m about to proclaim ‘Geez, with all of this free time and wads of cash on hand, I created a new modern outdoor oasis at the fixer and styled it three ways’)…get real.

My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.

First, I know very little about the great outdoors. As an indoorswoman, I am learning s l o w l y how to plant things and help them grow.

Romantic, simple, French courtyard with pink accents for a tea party - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Second, I know how to paint outdoor furniture and place pillows on chairs.

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Herbs in pots? I can do that too.

My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.

But creating an outdoor oasis? Someday maybe.

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Sometimes We Simply Need a Nudge to Begin

What I know is we should start with function, seek help as we need it, find pretty inspiration, and maybe just START creating.

My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio. Come explore 3 looks for a modern outdoor oasis!
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It is okay to do a little at a time as your energy and budget allow.

My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio. Come explore 3 looks for a modern outdoor oasis!
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In my own courtyard, I kept things as simple, quiet, and airy as possible because those qualities contribute to the meditative mood I was after.

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Multiple Interpretations of Modern

Below you’ll find three “modern” themed mood boards with ingredients hailing from All Modern to get you started.

What I love about turning to All Modern for decor and furniture is how thoughtfully the curation has been rendered. Choices, but not TOO many choices means less overwhelm during uncertain times.

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A word about budget…ever secured a quote for outdoor design/landscape architecture? Mama Mia.

All of the DIY looks below have budget in mind. They are also versatile for a variety of decks, patios, and (in the case of this first bistro look) even tiny balconies.

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Modern Outdoor Oasis Look 1: Modern French Bistro

Bonus Idea: Modern and Minimal Planter

I love the modern black containers on our front porch which flank the front door and look awesome year-round. Whether its ferns, trailing blooms, or evergreens at Christmas, these planters elevate the ordinary.

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Modern Outdoor Oasis Idea 2: Modern Farmhouse Patio

Here’s a simple set which includes cushions and could be customized in any number of ways. I can see it on a deck, in a courtyard, on a screen porch, or on a simple concrete patio.

Bonus Idea for a Modern Farmhouse Vibe

This charming glass and galvanized metal lantern would work in any number of outdoor locations where you care to add some glow. I often put battery operated fairy lights in mine.

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Modern Outdoor Oasis Look 3: Rustic Modern Dining

What I admire about modern rustic design is its simplicity with clean lines and minimal fussiness as well as the zen mood it often imparts.

While this dining set below lends itself to a Cali modern farmhouse look, it could also go in a modern luxe minimal or even a vintage boho eclectic direction!

Bonus Idea: Modern Rustic Planter

I like the mix of materials in this planter which would be at home on a porch, deck, patio, and even indoors.

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Thanks so much for taking these ideas for a spin. I’d love to here how you address your outdoor rooms!

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outdoor dining chairsRahul Dining Chair Set // More Outdoor Seating Sets patio tablesRahul Rattan Bistro Table // More Outdoor Bistro Tables baskets + binsWicker/Rattan Basket Set // More Baskets + Bins
accent traysNielson Saddle Serving Tray // More Accent Trays faux plants + treesArtificial Echevaria Succulent // More Faux Plants + Trees plantersTerracotta Pot Planter // More Outdoor Planters
pot plantersTall Planter // More Pot Planters outdoor seatingJenna 4 Piece Set // More Outdoor Sectionals vasesBlack Terracotta Vase Set // More Modern Vases
throw pillowsAdeline Outdoor Pillow // More Outdoor Pillows lantern candle holdersDonna Glass Lantern // More Outdoor Lanterns outdoor dining setsRockefeller Dining Set // More Outdoor Dining Sets
dining chairsLydd Dining Chair // More Outdoor Dining Chairs accent traysNavas Farmhouse Tray // More Outdoor Decor blankets + throwsAldo Throw Blanket // More Blankets + Throws
lantern candle holdersLattice Lantern // More Modern Candle Holders plantersBraunstein Planter // More Modern Planters

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Cedar & Blossom Candle
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool


  1. Joanna
    April 13, 2020 / 2:01 pm

    I’m a fan of wicker outdoor furniture with comfy cushions. I find them to be the most comfortable to lounge. There are so many styles to choose from, be it country, traditional, or even oversized modern.

    We are enjoying a very mild spring and have been outdoors for a better part of each day during our four week quarantine. We feel very fortunate to have that option. Long walks (keeping our distance) and a little garden work, keeps us occupied for a good part of the day. I do feel for those quarantined in apartments and/or in crowded cities where the opportunity to be safely outside is impossible,


    • Michele
      April 13, 2020 / 3:56 pm

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the outdoors, Joanna. Unfortunately, it has been windy and too cool to be outside everyday. But you can be sure that when the sun is shining, and it’s not snowing – I’ll be out there soaking up a little of it. The frustrating thing about working from home during quarantine is my motivation is lacking. I have never before experienced writer’s block until this pandemic. Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

      • Joanna
        April 13, 2020 / 6:03 pm

        I hear you on the motivation. I had big plans going into this pandemic. I was going to start painting again, perhaps learn Spanish and lose weight/build muscle. Somehow, I have not accomplished anything. However, my garden is looking rather lovely, and my wine cellar is getting empty, so I suppose that is something. 🤪 This is like nothing we have lived through and we need to allow ourselves some Grace. Read books while lazing on the couch, try new recipes, eat the chocolate and drink the wine. I think we just need to feed our souls and hearts. The rest will follow….

        • Michele
          April 13, 2020 / 10:10 pm

          We do need to be gentle. I can only have a little wine and chocolate so my thing is rest right now. I’m supposed to be lifting weights everyday and am snoozing instead for now. And wouldn’t you know I started new hrt days before quarantine? How am I supposed to know if I am nutty from circumstances or a changed chemistry? Just a very strange chapter where all sorts of re-evaluating and moods have surfaced. Lord have mercy just sums it up best. 🙂

  2. April 27, 2020 / 8:18 pm

    Oh sweet Michele, I am so sorry that you are not feeling well. I hope the weather warms up so you can enjoy outside and heal quickly. I have learned that your outdoor oasis can grow slowly. It takes time to get it the way you want it.
    Have a lovely week.

    • Michele
      April 28, 2020 / 10:07 am

      You’re so right about it taking time, Bev. It does require patience. And I think it comes harder for me because I moved so much as a child, and that spirit of ‘let’s start over’ is never far away. But the most beautiful gardens take time and lots of nurturance so it’s still a new concept for me. 🙂 Thank you for the wishes, and I am praying remission comes sooner than later. Hope you are feeling well and not feeling too nutty from the lockdown (is it even possible to stay centered and balanced during this time…hahahaha). xox

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