Monday, February 23, 2009

let's go out...

photos: livingetc., country living, vogue living;australia,
metropolitan home, dwell & elle decor magazines

I know it's still quite cold in certain parts of the country, but it certainly can't hurt to think about being outdoors. Spring is pretty close at hand and creating outdoor rooms that make you want to spend as much time as possible outside is good stuff.

For me, the key is to treat the outdoors just like an indoor space. Nothing revolutionary here, but definitely something for all of us to try and remember when we're faced with "lawn furniture." The less contrast there is between your style indoors to your outdoor rooms the better flow and design function will be.

Seize the outdoors with the same gusto, color and aesthetic choices you are fearless with inside your home.

Use the most of a balcony, patio or yard.
If you got a bit-o-space in the great green wonder--use it!

-angelo surmelis


leah - moxiethrift on etsy said...

these outsides as well as many makeover ones on tv always amaze me. decorating the outside scares me more than any inside wall at all. good pointers, taken and filed. thanks!

Nani said...

Here is FT Lauderdale we are lucky enough that we can enjoy them most of the year :)

Love the hanging canopy from Elle Decor!

DesignTies said...

I can't wait till the snow goes away and it warms up and we can get back to outdoor living!! I love eating and reading out on the patio, BBQing, gardening, mowing the lawn.... just being outdoors as much as possible :-)


The Raggedy Girl said...

Wow this post sure put one in the Spring mode. I think I am ready to unpack the lawn stuff and start decorating. Thanks for your tips.

Have a Terrific Tuesday
from Roberta Anne

Kat said...

If I had an outdoor space like any one of these, I would never go indoors. Thanks for showing us these great spaces. Kathy

Natalia said...

I am drooling over that railing, and lantern. Outdoor living is the best part of living in FL. I can't be trapped indoors. Heck, even just a small balcony, a cool drink, and some candlelight and I can feel my soul being replenished.

Shelia said...

Evening, Angelo! Oh, you're making me lust for spring! These photos are so pretty and I love your advice!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Callie Grayson said...

oh I so have spring fever! I can't wait until the flowers start to bloom ....*sigh* the birds are singing every morning now, so I know spring is right around the corner.
great post:)

YHBHS said...

great photots. the fifth one down is my dream patio. wow!

im lucky to live in los angeles where its beautiful all year round... such an amazing feeling to be living half in and half outside.

DesignTies said...

Considering we just had an unseasonal visit from an arctic cold front accompanied by a little snow (it ususally rains here this time of year) I'm LOVING this post! We have so much work to do outside this year (painting the house, landscaping the yards [including building retaining walls!]) that I can't wait until spring!! Bring on that warmer weather... please?!
Victoria @ DesignTies

Unknown said...

Lovely selection ...
You might like my blog all about outdoor deco

A bientot!

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