Setting the Mood | Six Ideas to Add Ambiance Outdoors

Right now it's the perfect time to be outside and enjoy the weather. Hands down my favorite spot to be every single evening so far this Summer is in my very own backyard. I’ve spent many nights on my patio listening to music, reading books and watching movies. So far this Summer we’ve hosted to parties in our backyard, and I have lots of plans have more friends over throughout the Summer and Fall months. It’s been a goal of my to utilize our outdoor spaces, plus I love how much larger my small home feels when the temps heat up.

I love creating an outdoor lounge and dining area that feels like an extension of my home and comfort wise and style wise I want that same feeling outdoors. Today I’m sharing ideas on how to add ambiance to your outdoor spaces that will help take a look and feel of your area to the next level. Today I’m sharing 6 Ideas to Add Ambiance in Outdoor Spaces. 

SETTING THE MOOD: 6 Ideas to add Ambiance to Outdoor Spaces

ONE Outdoor Lights // Adding Cafe lights overheard helps give your space a warm glow and sets the mood. This year we added outdoor cafe lights to our patio and they look so pretty at night! 

 image via Anthropolgie 

image via Anthropolgie 

TWO Candlelight // Layer in lighting with candle lights, fill vases up with candles and add lanterns for decoration. Also, use tea lights in small glass containers and spread them throughout your outdoor area. Burn citronella candles as a natural defense against mosquitoes. I love this three-wick citronella candle and love it; its large smells incredible when burning. 

THREE Music // Music under the stars sounds better, bring a radio outside or use an outdoor speaker and connect the speakers to your Ipad or iPhone and play your favorite station. I love listening to Amazon Music as part of my Prime Subscription its free! I create a playlist or play the John Legend Station, can't go wrong! I'm in love with this Outdoor Bluetooth speaker that looks like a lantern!  

FOUR Scents// Natural scents small best outside, plant fragrant flowers or herbs in containers like rosemary or jasmine. I also love citronella plants, they smell good and keep the bugs away! 

 image via  My Domaine  

image via My Domaine 

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FIVE Decorate // My absolute favorite way to Decorate outdoors is with fresh flowers and potted plants. Cut flowers from your garden or buy a small bouquet and add flowers to a vase and place on your coffee table. I'm a massive fan of container gardening and love having an abundance of plants on my patio, the more, the merrier  

 image via  One Kind Design

image via One Kind Design

SIX Make it Cozy // Bring baskets outside and fill up with blankets, I keep a small indoor/outdoor basket under my coffee table that has throws inside for guests to use when they get chilly. I love having some on hand outside to get extra cozy on my sofa.  

 image via  Belle Maison  

image via Belle Maison 

I hope my ideas on adding ambiance in your outdoor spaces, helps inspire you to make your space feeling welcoming, cozy and the best spot to chill in the evenigs. 

Weekend Stay | Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Last week, Lauren and I shared deets of our girls trip weekend in San Francisco.  We had an amazing time, saw all the sites, enjoyed amazing lattes and ate some fantastic food. Check out The Girlfriends Guide to San Francisco here. While in the city we stayed at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel for the weekend. We loved the hotel so much: hotel history, the decor, hotel vibe, evening drink reception and more. 


Hotel History & Hotel Vibe // The boutique hotel is in the heart of Union Square on the corner of Sutter and Powell; the 21 story hotel, was built in 1926. The hotel is within walking distance to all the major department stores, boutique shops and The Museum of Icecream, just to name a few.

Upon arriving at Sir Francis Drake, you're greeted by the iconic Beefeater Doorman (perfect for an Instagram photo-op). Once you walk into the hotel, you're transported to a time of old-world elegance, a fantastic staircase, and elegant bar. The San Francisco Cable car rolls by the hotel throughout the day making it the perfect spot to take pictures, plus the Cable Car stop is only a block away from the hotel. 

Hotel Room // We stayed in a queen double room on the 12th floor. Our room had twin windows with an incredible view overlooking Union Square. I loved the room vibe! My room favorites, the pretty headboard that felt classic and modern, the pop of red from the nightstand and desk area. 


Below Lauren is sharing Hotel dining options and hotel perks! 

During a hotel stay, it’s important to have great dining options within the hotel for those times when you don’t want to venture out.  Luckily, when you’re staying at Sir Francis Drake, you only need to venture to either the main level or the upper level.

Restaurants and Bars // On the main level, you will find the popular restaurant, Scala’s Bistro, serving rustic Italian cuisine.  Scala’s is a popular spot where even the local chefs dine!  The restaurant is gorgeous inside and the food and drinks that we had were amazing.  The staff was super friendly and we felt right at home. We started off with the goat cheese asparagus pizza which was UNREAL!


The creaminess of the goat cheese paired with the asparagus and onion was incredible.  We ordered the Aperol Spritz cocktail to accompany our brunch consisting of Cobb Salad (Katrina) and Porchetta Sandwich with green salad (me). For dessert, we had the Lemon Silk with Blackberry compote and rosemary cookies.  When Staying at the Sir Francis Drake hotel or even just visiting San Francisco, a meal at Scala’s Bistro is a must!

If you want a little taste of night life paired with gorgeous city views, head to the 21st floor to visit the swanky and historic Starlight Room!  The gorgeous hotel decor continues here with red velvet couches, antique chandeliers and beautiful, bold wallpaper.  The views of the city are equally amazing. The Starlight room offers a menu of light fare and appetizers along with a beautiful bar space.  Sunday during their brunch hours, they host “Sunday’s a Drag” which is a very popular drag show.

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After a long day exploring the city, kick back and unwind at Bar Drake which is the bar located in the hotel lobby.  The seating was plentiful and the champagne we had was perfect after a long day of travelling.  I really loved the atmosphere at Bar Drake and the bartender was very friendly.

 image via Sir Francis Drake Hotel

image via Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Hotel Amenities // When staying at Sir Francis Drake, know that you will be well taken care of.  Their amenities go above and beyond standard hotel offerings. Along with fitness center privileges and luxury bath products, they also host a daily social hour consisting of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, they have complimentary bicycles for your use during your stay and yoga mats in every room.  If you’re an IHG rewards club member, you also get a $30 credit towards in-room spa services, complimentary high-speed WiFi access and a $10 bar credit for IHG elite members.

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Have your ever stayed at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel? Did you love it too?