An expert from one of Kent’s top garden centres showcases how to bring some Hollywood Hills allure to your own home.
Whether you’re Team Christine or Chrishell all the way, the Netflix real estate TV series Selling Sunset has many fans talking, and one thing’s for certain with season five of the Los Angeles show, the homes just keep getting better.
From sprawling mansions in the Hollywood Hills to beachfront properties with spectacular infinity pools, the latest season of is making us long for summer days spent outdoors, and Dobbies, ‘not your average garden centre’, has spotlighted ways in which you can bring a touch of the Sunset glamour to your very own homes.
Research commissioned by Dobbies found that 35% of Brits are planning to create an outdoor social area this year, with 39% planning a social themed garden, so Dobbies’ Stylist Rebecca Stanton chats through how you can style your space and give it an Oppenheim real estate group upgrade.
One of the features that most homes on the show have in common is clean lines and a sleek overall design, something Rebecca notes is easy to recreate in your own garden.
She says: “Most of the multimillion dollar homes on Selling Sunset have a bright and airy contemporary aesthetic, full of sharp lines and light fabrics.
“The patios that spill out from these homes are often kept simple, with neutral furniture and defined angles that carry the modern theme throughout all areas of the home.
“To achieve this look in your own garden, invest in a sleek furniture set in a cool shade of grey and pair it with complementing accessories in neutral tones.
“Block colours work better than patterns to make an impact, and don’t be afraid to mix cool and warm shades, as this can help add dimension and structure to a space.”
Nothing says LA more than soaking up the sun by a gorgeous pool. While we might not all be lucky enough to have a pool of our own, Rebecca says loungers are a great choice for your garden to add some of that Selling Sunset flair.
She advises: “A chic lounger is the perfect way to turn your garden into a relaxation sanctuary and will give your space a similar look to Chrishell’s intimate garden on the show.
“Take a leaf out of Chrishell’s book and create an outdoor haven in your garden by nestling your lounger in amongst a jungle of different plants.
“To amp up the R&R, style some lanterns or candles amongst your display for a cosy look and feel.”
Keep it neutral
A sure-fire way to get the polished California 90210 look is to keep things classic with neutral tones and beachy materials.
This tip from Rebecca is ideal for spaces of all shapes and sizes: “Whatever kind of space you’re working with, you can get the luxe Selling Sunset look by layering calming tones and light textures,” she says.
“The combination of neutral furniture and pale wood is popular on the show and recreating this in your garden will give your outdoor area an elegant Beverly Hills vibe.”
She adds: “Keep accessories simple and classic for a cohesive, put-together effect that will add a touch of class to any balcony, garden or patio.”
Indoor outdoor living
Undoubtedly the most showstopping aspect of the homes on Selling Sunset is the incredible views, which is why so many of the realtors (estate agents) place high importance on outdoor living.
A great way to incorporate the California lifestyle into your own home is by adding a sleek dining set that will allow you to enjoy meals al fresco.
Speaking about outdoor dining, Rebecca says: “Adding a dining set to your garden is a fantastic way to make the most of your outdoor space. Al fresco dining taps into the trend of blurring the line between indoors and out, something the Selling Sunset homes are known for. However, you don’t need floor-to-ceiling windows or bifold doors to create a flow from home to garden.
“Simply incorporate seasonal throws and cushions into your outdoor space and it will feel like a natural extension of your home – an easy way to get the LA look without spending millions!”
For more styling inspiration, and to browse Dobbies’ full outdoor living range for Spring-Summer 2022, visit: dobbies.com
Pic: Global Fusion featuring the Balcony staking set, £699, Dobbies Garden Centres