Summer in the City: Allude Guide for Beautiful Outdoor Spaces
Crawling back under the covers gloomily after one look at the weather app was as much part of our morning routines during these last few months as our morning cup of coffee. Above all, we are tired of the temperatures, which just haven’t suggested the long-awaited spring season during the last few weeks. While May weather is still wavering between winter and spring, we’re simply going to start the open-air season with some fresh ideas for outdoors. Someone has to start it. If we can’t summon the sun with these pretty accessories for the balcony, we’re at a loss!
Bench by Ames
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone? Can’t happen with this bench in bright neon tones from yellow to pink (image above). The two-seater, made of robust steel and plastic, will put you in a sunny mood even when the sky is filled with heavy rain clouds once again. The pretty outdoor furniture is made using the traditional “Momposino” weaving technique, which is typical for the Santa Marta region in the Caribbean.
Carafe with glasses by House Doctor (seen at Minimarkt)
Looking for a quick and stylish update for your kitchen? The Danish interior design firm House Doctor takes its name seriously and has the perfect medicine to treat cases of acute “kitchen wasteland”. Plain plastic bottles, for example, are replaced by this pretty carafe set made of green glass. Highlight: The carafe is closed with a glass ball. Its slightly uneven texture ensures that the pretty detail stays in place.
Hurricane lamp by Pols Potten (seen at Amara)
Fans of ethno and Boho will get their money’s worth at Pols Potten. In addition to cosy armchairs made of rattan and hand-painted ceramics, the extensive range of the hip Dutch brand also includes this hurricane lamp. Thanks to its practical hook, you can easily hang it wherever you like for some atmospheric lighting on warm summer evenings. Particularly beautiful is the shadow play resulting from the honeycomb pattern.
Karen Elson – Double Roses
When the red-haired British supermodel isn’t busy floating down the runway wearing the latest creations of the season, Karen Elson dedicates her time to music. While her first album, “The Ghost Who Walks”, was quite gloomy, “Double Roses” sounds as soft as a balmy summer wind –the perfect soundtrack for leaving the daily routine behind you and get away from it all. Hang your hammock, put on your favourite sunglasses and turn on the music!
Rocktails Frozen Cocktail “The Mockito”
Mixing cocktails is a science in itself. More often than not, drinks turn out either too strong or are reminiscent of sticky sugar water for adults. A simpler solution and easier on your nerves are the frozen cocktails from Rocktails, which are made with all-natural ingredients. What is best: cocktails like the Mockito don’t even need alcohol and are simply put into the freezer compartment. Insider tip: If you want to spice up your drink, take a look at the menu item “How to serve” at rocktails.co.uk.
Watering can by Garden Glory
You think there’s no room for style between potting soil, shovel and gardening gloves? You’re wrong! The creative team behind the Swedish label Garden Glory makes garden hoses and watering cans look as luxurious and elegant as a cashmere sweater. The Allude team’s favourite: the pink Diamond Watering Can – after all, we all know that “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, as Marilyn Monroe sang in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” in 1954.
Ortigia “Gelsomino”, available at Ludwig Beck
No time for a short trip to Italy? The perfumed candle from Ortigia brings la dolce vita to German balconies, from Munich to Hamburg. The ingredients for the company’s luxurious soaps, candles and perfumes are won exclusively from the flowers of Sicily. “Gelsomino” will win your heart with its sweet scent of white jasmine blossoms. The best thing about it is that the candle doesn’t only smell wonderful but also keeps away pesky mosquitoes!
Barbecue by Bloomingville, available at Geliebtes Zuhause
We may not be able to compete with our neighbour’s barbecue set-up with this dainty model with its maritime stripe pattern, but we won’t need to anyway. The handy size makes it suitable not only for your balcony at home, but you can also easily take it with you for a picnic in the park.
Convenient: When you’re done, just put all of your stuff inside the barbecue bucket for the return trip. The bucket comes complete with handles made of wood for safe handling when it is hot. For example, to carry the spring bouquet which you buy on a whim on your way home.
Tray by Marimekko
“Is this a Marimekko?” Don’t be surprised about this question when your visitors set sight on this floral serving tray by the eponymous brand from Finland. The company, which was founded in 1951, gained renown mainly with its floral patterns, such as the classic “Unikko”. If the serving try is not in use, you can also display it as a wonderful work of art.
Ingrid Bergmann – “Ein Leben” (“A Life”) by Thilo Wydra
Whether you first think of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious” or the iconic 1942 love drama “Casablanca” when you hear her name, the three-times Oscar winning Swede is considered one of the most important and most popular actresses in the world. With his recently published biography the German film scientist Thilo Wydra has painted an exciting portrait of an actress who was caught in one or the other scandal in her days.