Outdoor Living Spaces

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With the idea of staying home for our vacations on the rise, more and more homeowners are designing and creating their very own backyard retreats complete with high-end outdoor flat screen televisions, luxurious all-weather furniture, chic accessories, gorgeous outdoor kitchens, and wonderful lighting. We as designers have truly set the bar in terms of landscaping and décor and I am pleased to share some top-notch design and décor ideas for creating an outdoor space you will never want to leave.

securedownload-6To begin, you should think of your backyard as a true extension of your home where lounging, cooking, and entertaining seamlessly intertwine. Just as you plan for designing and decorating the interior of your home, it is essential to create a solid plan of action before you start shopping for your backyard oasis.  Think about:colour schemes, – neutral colours should be the mainstay, with one or two bright accent colours to make your space pop; style, – will your décor be modern versus country; and. of course, a list of elements you’d like to include such as a fire bowl, TV, and water feature. Once you have your plan, it’s time to look at your options, in terms of furniture, lighting, landscaping, and accessories.

A well-designed addition can have a stunning effect on your home. Ranging in style, color, and detail, outdoor decor is a fun way to create an extension of your favorite living spaces. Try to create ideas from stylish outdoor kitchens to intimate conversation areas.securedownload-1

So as discussed in my last blog we have started and almost completed our updated outdoor living room. The colours that I chose I think are amazing for the space. The deck floor is Oxford Brown and the fencing and trellis is Wrought Iron, a nice dark charcoal grey. Both colours are from the Benjamin Moore palette. I think it makes the space appear much larger, cleaner and more of the living room feel that I had intended to achieve.securedownload-4 I chose both in a solid hide stain which covers over the wood beautifully. I will also add that I painted over the cedar fencing for the first time. I know a lot of you will think that is a crazy move but I tend to find cedar as it weathers after a period of years and in time goes from being a lovely weathered grey patina to just looking plain dirty and unkept. Therefore I daringly had my painter, Hugh, paint it this year to splendid results.
I will also be adding black mulch in the garden area to continue the flow of colour. I am having the sectional delivered this week and will add the daybed from last year to really make it a lounging area for my husband Rob and I to enjoy.

It appears that he will be home a little bit more in the evenings now that the Toronto Maple Leafs have lost to the Boston Bruins. Yes we are fans and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is where he works daily as their Executive Chef. (And yes, I am one lucky girl at home when it comes his cooking). More about that later…..

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