Take it Outside
We are extremely proud of Jessie LaFalce, our Atlanta Design Director and Lead Designer!
Jessie recently presented a seminar at AmericasMart Atlanta entitled “Take it Outside”, where she discussed what’s new in outdoor spaces for both entertaining and relaxing. Because this presentation was only available to people in the interior design community, we wanted to share it on our blog for everyone to see. Read below to learn about how outdoor spaces have changed in the past couple of years, and what you can do to bring yours up to date…
The line separating indoor and outdoor spaces has forever been blurred. Gone are the days when everyone merely dined in the backyard on a picnic table, poised next to a grill, and maybe roasted some marshmallows over remaining charcoal embers. Our outdoor dining and entertaining spaces have thankfully become much more exciting and we’re able to spend many more hours enjoying the outside of our homes as a result!
From a decor perspective, we can now blend furnishings for indoors and outdoors seamlessly. Furniture manufacturers such as Summer Classics, Lee Industries, Brown Jordan, and Castelle have created gorgeous lines of outdoor furniture that not only look beautiful enough to use inside, but have developed technologies for their fabrics, frames and cushions that are guaranteed to truly stand up to the elements. Imagine being able to hose down your upholstered furniture to erase muddy paw prints, sand from the beach, or ketchup and mustard from the neighborhood cookout you host.
We are no longer limited to plastic lawn chairs and foldable chaise lounges. Instead, we can cozy up with a book on an outdoor fully slipcovered sofa with a deep cushions and loads of throw pillows in beautiful, soft fabrics. Lingering around dining tables with center placed fire features with friends and family brings roasting marshmallows to a whole new level. There have never been more ways to create fun, enjoyable experiences at home Al fresco! Let’s take a look at some recent design trends…
Then vs. Now
While the furniture and decor styles have changed over the years, one thing remains constant: people love entertaining outdoors! Nothing beats having a cook-out or dinner party in your backyard, with friends & family, during the warmer months.
Freestanding outdoor structures:
Gazebos, pavilions, and tents
Outdoor structures are not only functional and practical, but they’re quite stylish too! Enjoy protection from rain and sun while adding architectural elements to your outdoor space.
Interior rooms that fully open to the outdoors:
nanawall systems, full frame sliders, overhead/garage doors
Your visual line of sight is open, even when the doors are shut. Large windows and sliding glass doors are great options for achieving this.
Screened porches are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors without having to worry about the elements (aka bugs!). Nowadays the options are practically endless when it comes to decorating your screened-in porch.
If you’re entertaining outdoors at your home, an outdoor kitchen is the perfect complement. It makes things so much easier when you can cook right alongside your friends and family!
Whether you like to swim in the pool, or soak up the sun next to the pool, this area is important! Don’t forget to fill the space surrounding your pool with lounge chairs, plants, decor, and anything else that fits your space needs.
She Caves or She Sheds
She caves are a fun new outdoor trend that we’re loving— think of it as an outdoor spot just for the woman of the house (like a man cave but better)! This area has many purposes, depending on what you’d like to use it for:
1. Sleeping or taking a nap 2. Art Studio 3. Potting/Seeding 4. Gathering with friends 5. Sewing 6. Imbibing
Fun Outdoor Materials:
Wood, rope, fully upholstered furniture & more!
Essentially no boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, with fully upholstered furniture pieces. Nowadays there are great new materials for outdoor furniture including rope, new stains for wood, and upcycled materials. We love Lee Industries and Summer Classics for their great quality products and stylish frames!