Garden Style

Snow is Coming: Decorating with Hot Tubs

How are you doing this first week of October? It’s been a tough week for our country.  I’ve been staying away from the news as best I can as it’s upsetting to hear about the details from this last weekend.  People look for meaning after things like this and I think that evil really has no meaning.

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Albert Einstein

Here’s a great segue for you because this is a design and decorating blog after all.  We have a new hot tub  that will be installed this weekend just in time for the possible snow on Monday – exciting times.  Hot tubs aren’t the easiest thing to style around unless they’re inset into your deck or landscaping.  Ours is just plunked down there on the deck right now.  It is next to the pond, but it still looks like a giant thermos set into the landscape.   Have you ever looked up hot tub decorating ideas?  Blech!  No need to really –  above ground hot tubs are not typically integrated very well with the rest of the yard and they are a little bit rednecky in flavor.  I am allowed to say this because I have one now.

The only above ground bathing/relaxing type of situations I can find that I like the looks of are outdoor bathtubs and showers.  Why not use them as inspiration for how to make an above ground hot tub look romantic and Pinterest worthy?

vertical slat hot tub screen
Love the black privacy screen – quite a beauty. (Photo Source)
outdoor bathtub
The same space in the winter! (Photo Source)
bathtub on porch
Natural wood, a protected pergola and a place to hang your robe – rustic and appealing.  I like the rustic cabin vibe.   (Photo Source)
bathing outdoors
Beautiful stone wall with a hanging lantern. (Photo Source)
outdoor bathtub
Tidy and a nice mix of materials. Love the useful hooks there! (Photo Source Unknown)

I think one key theme for all of these is a “romantic” source of light via lanterns or candles, hooks for robes or towels close by and an attractive privacy screen.   Romantic lighting can help pretty much any situation.

bathtub in garden
I like the hideaway look to this one. Also rustic wood for privacy and the ever present candles. (Photo Source)

I don’t usually like fake plants, but I do like the looks of a faux boxwood privacy hedge when it’s done well.   I was thinking about erecting one of these on one side of ours to cover up an electrical panel.   However, since it is imitation, it could potentially up the redneck factor….what do you think?

boxwood privacy hedge fake
I saw this boxwood hedge (perimeter) at the new ViewHouse in Littleton recently and it looks pretty good! (Photo Source)
boxwood privacy
Here are the boxwood “mats” that you can get to hang over a concrete wall or fence.  I think they look best when they look like they actually could have grown there.  They also sell faux living walls – but they look more fake than the boxwood does… (Source)
cedar hot tub colorado
This photo makes me laugh – so there you are. These are beautiful cedar hot tubs made in  Alaska  – wood fired for your off-the grid cabin! (Photo Source)
hot tub in snow
The best look for the above ground hot tub? Snow…. (Photo Source)

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”  J. B. Priestley















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