1 I First Among Equals
I may live in sunny California, but I haven’t forgotten what it was like to grow up in New Jersey, where winter often dragged on well into March … and sometimes into April. Oh, how I longed for summer and its hot days filled with the lazy rattle of cicadas and balmy nights spent sipping cocktails under a canopy of stars.
When you first buy your garden furniture and set it all up in the garden, it will look resplendent. Keeping it like that, however, is another story entirely. As the seasons turn, the weather will play a big part in how your favourite garden pieces look - even a year from now; there could be signs of damage.
Imagine what a difference it would make in your garden to switch out earth-toned pots that blend in with the background with containers that visually pop in shades of blue, red, orange or even purple. Colorful containers can be used in many ways to stand out and grab our attention in outdoor spaces — often where it’s more challenging to add color.
There are few things more inviting than the warmth, crackling and glow of a fire outdoors. As the evenings grow cooler, fire pits can extend the time you can enjoy your backyard. Create a welcoming gathering place with a handful of chairs drawn around the fire and plenty of hot cider and nibbles, and your guests may be tempted to linger well after sundown.
Providing shield and shade from the sweltering rays of the sun, patio umbrellas are essential to any backyard space. With so many designs and styles available, selecting the right umbrella can be daunting. If you’re hoping to give your pool area a new look, and some additional sun protection, here are a few tips for selecting the perfect parasol.
When working with clients, many designers begin the conversation by asking, “How would you like your home to feel?” Well, if you’d like your home to feel like a poolside retreat inside and out, look no further than these 12 splashy spaces that channel lazy summer days all year round.
Photo courtesy of New River Casual Furniture; Photography by Wayne Donelsen, Deanne & Wayne Co.
The backyard is your largest living area, and just as you decorate the rooms inside your home, you can create a stylish exterior room by adding furniture outdoors. Selecting a Style
Photo courtesy of Whitecraft, Inc.; Photography by CKM Photographics, Inc.; Designed by William Herren