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Get Your Outdoor Space Ready For Summer

POSTED BY DECORIST EDITORIAL TEAM
MAY 17, 2017
Photo credit: Designed by Decorist Elite Designer Simone Howell photo by Jana Williams

With temperatures warming up, it's time to start thinking about your outdoor space. And yes that means getting your patios, porches, roof decks and backyards ready for outdoor living and entertaining. What’s our mantra at Decorist this time of year? Welcome Your Outside Space In Style!  

And we're not just talking about that usual outdoor thing … we want you to have lounge-worthy and entertaining-worthy spaces where you can spend time with friends and family chilling outside under the sun and stars.

With some fresh ideas and help from our talented Decorist Elite designer Simone Howell, elevating your space can be fun, easy and affordable. Simone's approach is to bring the indoors outdoors. Simone likes to create that natural extension of interior design to the outside world. It's the moment when interior design becomes exterior design!

And here are Simone's simple ways to make that happen.


Use Color From Inside to Your Outside

Carry a predominant color from inside of your home to your exterior furnishings. Are we shocked that black is one of my favorite colors to use both inside and outside when designing. 

Image via Marie Claire Maison

Is purple an accent color in your home? What ever your accent colors are, pull them into your patio in the form of throw pillows and tablecloths. A fabulous tablecloth can hide a craigslist patio table in a heartbeat! A fun mix of chairs can carry an eclectic vibe to your patio of backyard.

Image via My Domaine

Accessorize with Lots of Layers and Patterns

Be sure to accessories your outdoor seating as you would your indoor seating with layers of pillows in mixed patterns.  I honestly could spend all night at a table like this! Those are the types of outdoor environments that I strive to create.

Image via Lonny

And don't stop with the furniture and accessories - plants obviously play a role in our outdoor spaces. Topiaries in different sizes and plants with texture placed in simple pots create stunning focal points.  

Image via Plum Pretty Sugar

I'm currently obsessed with the texture of astilbe and the shape of giant allium bulbs and am frantically tucking them into our landscape while its still cool enough for them to take root here in Texas!

Image via Pinterest

Create a Mood with Lighting

Large pendants or a statement light fixture works fantastically in covered patios and helps archor the space while giving it a cozy indoor feel.

Of course, an easy trick is to string lights in an outside space to help set the tone and create that festive feel perfect for entertaining.

Designed by Decorist Elite Designer Maria Haidamus

Now are you ready to allow your style to run right out the back door?? Spring is the only good time for that to happen! Start a Decorist Design project today.

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