The latest trend if you haven't noticed is to take your indoor living areas and duplicate them outdoors. That way you expand your living space, continue with the things you like only outside instead of inside and stretch your creative juices when it comes to designing a living area.
When you think outside the BOX you can create a space that is both beautiful and functional and not break your bank account in the process!
In today's decorating climate, manufacturers are competing with each other to see who can provide the best products that lend detail and function - all at a reasonable price. From outdoor lighting, furniture, kitchens, fireplaces, and decorative items like garden planters, statuary, garden art and more. The whole idea is to take your entertaining outdoors and make it fun and exciting.
People are cooking in outdoor kitchens, conducting business in outdoor office space, using outdoor showers & entertaining in outdoor living spaces. Homeowners are pushing their exterior spaces to levels unimaginable just a few years ago. Remember when a couple of lawn chairs on a wood deck or concrete patio were the norm? Well those days are long gone.
Will you be cooking outside, do you need a shower by the pool for cleaning off? How about a table for eating or lounge chairs for sun bathing? Will you be outside after dark, then pay attention to the lighting. This includes candles, tiki torches or solar lights tucked into garden planters.
When deciding which direction to go, don't just stand at the back door and look out into the yard. Get out there and move around. Try to make the most of what you have to work with. Once you get the large pieces placed then it's time to move on to the decorating items.
Place large beautiful garden planters around the border of the seating area to add character and function. Plant them with sweet smelling annuals and lush green plants. They help to compartmentalize the area and create a comfortable, cozy feel. Use plants that attract butterflies & humming birds.
Get exotic and add a flat panel TV, lush drapes and a stereo sound system. From James Bond gadgets to the comfiest sofa on which to catch a snooze, products to enhance outdoor living continues to thrive. Why keep waiting to go on a great vacation when you can just walk out into your back yard and recharge in only 5 mins.
Listed below are a few types of houseplants that can do double duty by coming indoors for Winter and moving outdoors for Summer. We fondly refer to them as Indoor-Outdoor Plants!
These double duty potted plants add a lively touch to your indoors during the Winter months. Bring them in and place in a sunny window and they will add a green, pleasing touch to your interior decor. When summer rolls around it's time to move them outdoors. This will encourage new growth and help keep the plants healthy and happy.
Listed below are the plants that will do best in this type of dual environment and they are diverse in color and styles. A few points to remember is to take care when watering. Once outside the soil tends to dry out faster so you will need to water more. Once you move the potted plants back indoors be sure to wash each plants leaves to remove pests.
Here is the list:
Ficus - They like large plant containers so there is plenty of room. Use a good potting mix and let the soil dry out between watering. Fertilize in Summer. Sometimes they may drop their leaves from the shock of moving but they should come back in a few weeks time once stable.
Ferns - So lovely and many different types. Plant in lightweight potting mix, keep soil moist not soggy. Mist leaves regularly especially when indoors. They like a humid atmosphere. Fertilize in Spring or Summer
Palms - When potted these plants are fetching with graceful fronds and long branches. Young palms do best indoors to start, and when more mature they can tolerate being outdoors during warmer weather. Use a large pot or planter since they tend to take up space. Lightweight potting soil is best.
Philodendron - The office potted plant of champions. Don't you see these everywhere? Well they are tough and have nice big heart shaped leaves that are awesome. Plant in a large planter to make sure they have room to grow. Bring indoors in Autumn. It likes the warm house and bright indirect light. When outdoors potted philodendron like a sheltered location from wind and direct sunlight.
Well we hope this entry gave you something to think about. Why not decorate indoors and outdoors using the same plants and garden planters. It saves money & time!
" An outdoor dining area must look inviting from afar so that you're drawn to it as a destination".Outdoor dining can be a feast for all the senses. The taste of food, the tune of the wildlife, fragrance of flowers and warmth and charm of potted plants.
Of course as with anything, you need to find the right spot. A place that is convenient to the kitchen or tucked away in a secluded corner for peace and privacy. The key is to make the most of what you have. Start by working with what you have and then expand to adding potted plants, lighting, or a structure like gazebo. Do you need to protect your table from the elements or are you lucky enough to be able to sit out under the stars?
Are you looking to feed a crowd or just a quaint setting for 2 on occasion? There are some guidelines on how to set a table up. A 26" bistro table will seat two, a 48" table will seat 4 to 6. Tables stay put but chairs get pushed around so make sure there is plenty of space to accommodate that. A rule of thumb is width of table plus 3 feet on each side. This is enough room to get in and out of chairs comfortably. Plan carefully!
Strive for a sensory experience. Have lots of potted plants that you can move around to accommodate the table set-up. Plant them with fragrant fruit trees, and luscious smelling plants and flowers. Use palm's to block unsightly neighbors and to break up the noise of traffic. Planted pottery is portable and is very easy to move around and set up the look and feel that you want easily.
Make sure your furnishings all match and are comfortable. Try to follow a color theme by matching the potted plants with the cushions on chairs or the tablecloth you cover the dining table with. Use candles, fire-pits, hanging lanterns and music to set the stage and enjoy your hard work and labor. It's your home and you should be comfortable.