BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Art of Outdoor Living’ by Scott Shrader

Over the last few months, the great outdoors has become a saviour for many of us, leading us to re-connect with ourselves and nature; inspiring us to rethink and redesign our own outdoor spaces at home. If you’re not quite sure where to start when re-designing your outside world, then Potterton Book’s ‘The Art of Outdoor Living’ by Scott Shrader might just be for you.

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Outdoor Living

California native and exterior architect Scott Shrader is known for creating covetable outdoor rooms for clients including Ellen DeGeneres and Patrick Dempsey. In this book, he shares the grounds of twelve beautiful properties, all designed to be lived in and enjoyed as extensions of the homes they surround, rich with creature comforts. Shrader shows us how to connect the landscape outside with interior decor; resulting in an exterior environment that flows naturally, stylishly and serenely from the core.

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Outdoor Living

Amongst the gorgeous photos of pools made private by lush plantings and bedrooms that open out to serene wellbeing gardens, the book offers some real gems of information, such as putting seating in far reaches of the garden to draw guests out and to explore – such a simple idea that is effective & easy to execute.

Folded in between the featured gardens which range in style from Hollywood Regency to Modern Moroccan are meditative essays on topics including Sustainability, Lifestyle, and Pathways, as Shrader reflects on the ways that gardens change constantly in small ways, shifting mood with the light and the weather, transforming dramatically with the cycle of the seasons and the passage of years.

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Outdoor Living
BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Outdoor Living

A book filled with magical, chic gardens and outdoor entertainment spaces specifically designed for cooking, entertaining, playing, and relaxing – a feast for the eyes with incredible insight into how to bring this magic to your own outside world.

The Art of Outdoor Living can be purchased from Potterton Books for £35 by clicking on the link:

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Outdoor Living

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