Bringing the Indoors Out Take Two!

Branching off of the post that I had done last week I wanted to bring in some inspirational images that could get you started on ways in which you can lay out, select fabrics and accessorize your own outdoor spaces! This outdoor living area is just so eclectic, colorful and quaint! The arrangement and colors are perfect for a small gathering on a summer day. All of the vignettes have been perfectly arranged and the teal screen has literally been able to create the illusion of a room outdoors!Green is a huge color trend that I have been seeing and paired with the bright orange has created such a sunny and cherry look. The combinations of the yellow toned light and dewey orange and green color scheme placed beyond the ocean pool is reminiscent of a sun set, absolutely picture perfect! If you are trying to introduce bright colors like these through textiles, a perfect way to offset it and tone down is to pair with more subtle delicate furniture like you can see here balancing everything out. If you love fun and bright colors but do not want to be saturated in it, adding a hit of pinks and olives like has been done in this arrangement is for you! Pillows are such a great flexible way to add subtle spice to any seating area. I love the ways in which they have worked off of the beautiful landscape & flowers to pull the colors into the furniture and upholstery. This dining table is just to die for! I am so in love with the accessories and color arrangement that have been laid out on the table. The colors remind me of peaches and green apples, could not be more fresh and summery! The delicate rod iron coral chandelier hung above adds such a playful look. Here is another great way that you can add color to a table setting; a mosaic design! They are just so fun and creative. The accent pillows and colored flowers and pots really tie everything together. If you are looking for a more clean and classic look, this type of arrangement and use of greenery is perfect for you. The green walls along with all of the planters have created a secret garden effect this is just so simplistically beautiful. The clean white linen paired with the straight accents of brown are...
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BRINGING THE INDOORS OUT

As an Interior designer I often find that people tend to focus on bringing the outdoors in, so I have decided to introduce the idea of bringing the indoors out! Often times we are unaware of the ways in which we can approach outdoor spaces, people limit themselves to creating inviting and welcoming environments especially during these summer months where entertaining outdoors is crucial! I would like to focus on showing you how to create fully functional but most importantly beautiful living spaces outdoors, as we must be taking full advantage of that summer sun! A key component to creating lovely outdoor spaces is the furniture and accessories. They are typically thought of as just being durable with the intent to withstand weather. I have taken a look in to products which are not only this but offer so much more take a look…. These lounge chairs from De La Espada are hand crafted in Portugal and sure do offer one unique seating experience. Their surrounding shell makes for a cozy “nest” for the user to experience. Creating this seating enclosure I find fascinating because it is said that a “nest” keeps you close to your earliest memories, weather placed in the middle of a thunder storm or by the pool on a sunny day it offers a real sense of belonging and space; a comforting feeling to the lounger. With function, meaning and a timeless appeal this chair is definitely a statement piece! For those of you who may be opting for a more lively, funky and modern look for your outdoor living space the Capricorn collection by Oasiq is your go to. They offer a fully functional line that comes in abstract, one of a kind colors, shapes and forms. The red lounger is designed to be easily portable with a back wheel; suitable for easy arrangements accounting for many guests or even for those of you sun worshipers whom follow the sun for optimal lighting. When I came across the Oval Tortoise Shadow Lantern collection by Brasa I was just blown away, they provide such a remarkable way to bring warmth and ambiance into an outdoor living space. Made from high temperature ceramic and stainless steel they are easily portable, versatile and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Not only this but they can be raised in temperature providing heat; perfect for any chilly night time...
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Nine Indoor/Outdoor Fabrics to Fit Into Spring Interior Design Plans

Spring is in the air, and daffodils are already showing off their happy faces. You know what that means, it is time to revamp the patio furniture. These fabrics and trims are lovely examples of great design for indoor/outdoor textiles. These are durable, long lasting fabrics that would also work well in high traffic areas, like the family room, or kitchen. Here are nine indoor/outdoor fabrics to fit into your interior design plans and onto your patio this Spring. I love materials that bring out a “Wow” factor in a room but also are highly functional, as is the case with the fabrics from these artisans.  The use of materials that are highly functional and stand up to lots of traffic, is what my business is all about. Do any of these nine indoor/outdoor fabrics fit into your Spring interior design plans? Related Sites Robert Allen Design DeLaney and Long Lee Jofa Schumacher & Co. Samuel and Sons Thibaut Donghia, Inc. Perennials...
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How a Loggia Lets the Summer Last a Little Longer

Loggia’s originated in Italian architecture. Here is a picture in the classic sense. Loggias are a roofed open gallery overlooking a courtyard. What makes a loggia such a smart idea is they bring the outside into the inside of the home.  In the fall when the days are still warm, they let the summer last a little longer. These fabulous pieces reflect the many different design styles for a loggia. Here are some of my favorite pieces for decorating a loggia, as we ease out of the last warm days of summer. This is a great piece of wall art and you do not have to worry about the elements damaging it. Birch branches would look great arranged in these containers. A loggia is a great place to display outdoor sculpture like this sunburst. You can have a stereo system, lighting, and Zen style sculpture, all in one piece of artwork. The antique style mirror and frame would look great hanging against the rustic stone or shingle on the wall of a house. The open flame in this organic shaped wall sconce is hypnotizing. This chair is begging for someone to just slump down in it. I like the organic log feel of this table that has been dressed up with a silver finish. The timeless elegance of this formal pedestal and globe will always look beautiful. Sitting underneath these light pendants would be like gazing at clouds floating above. This reclaimed wood would only look better with age; there is nothing precious about this wood, so you would not feel bad about spilling a glass of wine. Wouldn’t it be a more enjoyable transition easing out the last warm days of summer with some of these pieces? Whether it’s a loggia or any other room in a house, my Interior Design philosophy is, “it’s all in the details.” If what we have done in a loggia helps prove it, you might like to see some other examples of mine. Related Sites Kanik Chung Pennoyer Newman, LLC Pamela Sunday Ton Art, LLC C.R. Currin Safretti McGuire Furniture Company Farrago Design Accents of France Molo Design Kevin...
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Is the outside of your home for sitting or living?

This is not a trick question.  Have you noticed more people seem to be making the outside of their home look like the inside?  Whereas a patio has traditionally been a place to find wooden or fabric chairs and a picnic table for sitting; now, it’s a place to create a full, comfortable and organic place to live. Is this a trend? I don’t know but I can tell you if you put patio furniture outside, people sit in it.  If it’s furniture with true character and style, people live in it.  Since you spend so much on the land and landscaping around your home, shouldn’t you be able to live in it? At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, I saw so many remarkable pieces for outside I set about creating the outdoor living area of my dreams.  Here’s what it looks like. It starts with chairs, a side table and sculpture up top from Urban Zen Furniture Collection.  Their mission is to inspire change in well-being and that’s what these pieces do. They look so beautiful you’d think they were for the inside.  But they’re meant for outdoors.  They create a living area that is thoroughly modern while taking you to the orient.  I feel like I could be in Bali. I wouldn’t need a big outdoor fireplace; not when there is the Helios Fire Vessel by Stone Forest.  It turns a fire pit into high art and establishes a calm, soothing, spiritual mood; one that puts meditation before roasting marshmallows. When the night sets in, the glow from the Martha Sturdy Illuminated Resin Club Chair above, lights up the outdoors like the moon.  It’s actually lit from inside to create a room of subtle light within a dark setting. The ethereal chairs and lounge from Kettal Maia are a lace pattern.  They are intricate but their artisan braiding comes from sturdiness of an aluminum frame.  It stands up to whatever the outdoors may put it through and always looks totally in place with the environment. Just imagine the gorgeous shadows these chairs would make on the ground. The Groundwork table is no ordinary outdoor table.  It looks like something you’d find in “Alice in Wonderland.”  It’s a one-of-a-kind piece that makes me smile every time I look at it.  I can’t imagine anyone not liking it. And it’s probably one of the most organic pieces you could find; one that truly at home with its surrounding. If you’re like me, you love the sun and fun of the outdoor but, if you’re not careful, you turn into a lobster.  That’s why I love the...
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