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Don’t Forget the Balcony

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I had been living in my apartment for about two and a half years before I was finally motivated to do something about my balcony. No, it wasn’t the building manager insisting I stop using the space for extra storage (it’s technically against the rules to store bikes and other items that should be put downstairs in your assigned locker). It was a chance remark made by a friend (“Gee, you’d have a really nice view if you didn’t have all that junk on your balcony”) that inspired me to clean up my act and make it a space I could enjoy for three seasons out of the year. And my friend was right – the esthetic design of the living room (or any room that looks out onto it) is greatly compromised by a messy space.

The balcony is an extension of your apartment or condominium; a place where you can have breakfast on a weekend morning, sit and watch the sunset or entertain friends. Decorating a balcony follows pretty much the same process as for redoing your living, bedroom or bathroom. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have much room to work with, you will want to make maximum use of the space without making it feel cramped and look cluttered.

Cleaning Up

You have to start with a clean slate. Sort through everything currently on the balcony. Throw out anything that can’t be reused, repaired or recycled. Donate any items that are still useable but ones you don’t really want to keep. Once the balcony has been cleared, give it a good cleaning. Wipe down any outdoor chairs, tables, planters, etc. Don’t forget the railings.

Pick a Theme

Just as in decorating a room inside your home, picking a theme or style will give the space a harmonious and finished look. It doesn’t have to mean scattering sports memorabilia all around the balcony. If you choose a nautical theme, for example, you can select planters or plant stands with a shell or starfish motif and a wicker patio set with navy and white striped upholstered chairs. A “theme” can be as simple as focusing on your favorite plant or creating an outdoor herb garden. It can also be seasonal, changing to reflect a special holiday like Christmas.

Select the Right Outdoor Furniture

Get out your tape measure! If you’re buying new patio furniture for your balcony, you’ll want to know exactly how much space you have to work with. Particularly if you’re going to include a table in your balcony décor plan, you don’t want one that will end up not fitting. In addition to a bistro set or an outdoor pub table, consider what else you would to include, such as an outdoor fountain, tiered plant stands or decorative pots or one or two oversized urns to create a conversation piece. When you’re ready to put the furniture in place, start with the biggest pieces first. Once they’ve been arranged to your liking, you can begin to accessorize. Layering the space with the other items you have chosen will transform the balcony into a truly comfortable and functional “room”.

Beyond the Patio Table – Choosing Garden Furniture for Your Backyard

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

It’s relatively simple enough to buy patio furniture for your patio or backyard. You decide on size, color and style and once you’ve made those decisions it’s pretty much a matter of purchasing an outdoor dining set, some lounge chairs or a bistro table. But what about the rest of your backyard? Choosing the right kinds of garden furniture to define the different areas of your outdoor living space can transform it into a place where visitors are welcome to enter your garden and enjoy the view. Having a plan in mind will ensure that the garden furniture you select for beyond the patio complements and enhances the overall mood and look of your backyard.

Just like in the rooms of your home, creating focal points in the backyard draws attention, not only to the specific parts of your garden but also to the area as a whole. Placed in front of a window or in a corner of the yard, the Oakland Living Sunflower Birdbath in Antique Bronze, particularly when surrounded by bird-attracting plants, will be esthetically pleasing to both winged creatures and humans alike.

Another way to create a focal point in your garden is with an outdoor bench. Make the most of your time in the backyard during the warm summer months or the warmer days of autumn by placing a bench near a favorite flower bed, tree or a water feature like a small pond or outdoor water fountain. You’ve worked hard to get your rose garden or special flower bed in tip-top shape; a garden bench is the ideal way to sit and appreciate your handiwork.

Showoff your gardening skills by using a trellis or arbor in creative ways to make a statement or to draw attention to a particularly attractive section of your garden. A wrought iron trellis or a wood arbor with a whimsical motif like elves, fairies or butterflies will give your backyard a less formal, landscaped look.

The ultimate symbol (next to the barbecue of course) of backyard lazing is the hammock. Use one to create a welcoming place to veg underneath a favorite tree or beside the pool or next to a colorful flowerbed.

Don’t forget that your house has windows. Decorating a backyard with garden furniture and outdoor furniture improves the look of your house from the outside, but it also increases the esthetic appeal of the interior of your home. A well-planned, well-dressed backyard helps give both your home and its grounds that certain character and individuality that makes your backyard a welcoming place to spend some down-time.

Planning an Outdoor Living Space

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

 Creating an outdoor living space not only increases the functionality of your backyard, it also increases the value of your home. When furnishing a patio, balcony or backyard area with the comforts and styles of indoor furniture, it not only creates an appealing place to entertain family and friends, it also allows you to make the most of the good-weather seasons. Don’t know where to start? It’s easy: just use the same principles for decorating a backyard space as you would a living room or bedroom or any other room in your house.

Location! Location! Location!

Start by picking a spot in your backyard or on your patio. Measure the space to ensure that you will have room for everything you want to include and that the grill or the patio furniture won’t impede traffic flow to the other areas of the yard. When choosing the location for your outdoor living room, don’t forget to take into account how much sun or shade the area will be subject to.

Have a Plan

 As with any successful decorating or home improvement project, it’s always good to start with a plan and a budget. Make a list of everything you would like to include from an outdoor dining set to a gas grill to a fire pit or patio heater. Sketch out a “floor” plan to help you visualize what it will look like. Write out a “to-do” list (repave patio, buy new lounge chairs, clean grill, etc.)

Divide and Conquer

Divide your to-do list into stages. It’s best to start from the ground up, especially if you need resurface or choose a type of flooring for your patio or outdoor living space.

Creating Privacy

An outdoor living space wouldn’t be complete without “walls” and “ceilings;” must-have components when creating a sense of privacy for your family and your guests. Using hedges, some type of fencing, an arbor, trellis or folding screen make great walls to block out prying eyes and unwanted street noise. “Ceilings” such as patio umbrellas, canopies and gazebos will protect you from the elements, increasing the enjoyment of your backyard.

Making it Happen

Once all of the ground work has been completed, you are now ready to place and arrange items in your outdoor living space. Start with the larger pieces first. Just as when decorating a living room, you will want the area to be functional and practical, but look good too.

Pulling it Together

Accessorize your outdoor living area to make it comfortable and inviting. Water fountains, wind chimes and decorative planters with colorful flowers will increase the look and appeal of your backyard. Placing candles or lanterns on a table not only will provide light, it will also help create a festive mood.

Because we tend to focus our efforts and attentions on the inside of our homes, we sometimes forget that our living spaces have windows! The view you see from the windows of your home should be incorporated into a comprehensive design plan that includes the outdoors as well. Especially if it can be seen from a living room or dining room window or patio doors, creating a beautiful outdoor living space for your family and friends to enjoy improves the esthetic and monetary value of your home, both inside and out.

Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for Spring

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Although for some of us it might not feel like it just yet, as of Sunday, spring will be officially here. As the sun manages to warm away the chill of winter, thoughts turn to spending more time outside. Whether you have to deal with the aftereffects of snow or not, your backyard is going to need a little spring cleaning. But it doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or a condominium – your balcony will need a little TLC as well. Here are some great ways to get ready to start living outdoors; they will transform your patio, balcony or backyard into an esthetic space for entertaining family and friends.

Rake the backyard. There will always be a few missed leaves from the fall. Aside from being good for the grass, it will “instantly” make the area look tidier. For those of you with balconies or patios, get out your broom and mop.

Reseed any of the bare or brown patches of your lawn. When heading into the warmer days of spring and the beginning of summer, you’ll be glad you did. Especially after you invite a few friends over to fire up the grill for the first time this season, you’ll want the lawn to look good.

Plant flowers. Don’t let being an apartment dweller stop you. Buy planters or window boxes for your balcony or patio.

Add an arbor or a trellis. It will give your garden the ideal focal point. For a balcony or patio, select a decorative accent like a small outdoor fountain.

De-cluttering applies to the outside of your home as well as the inside. If you haven’t used it for at least a year, perhaps it’s time to get rid of it. A garden shed or utility shed would be a great way to organize your backyard.

Bring out the patio furniture and give it a little spring cleaning. Perhaps your patio furniture is getting a bit too shabby chic? New outdoor furniture, like a wicker glass topped table with matching chairs, will make your backyard or balcony an inviting place to sit.

When the heat of summer finally does arrive, will the round patio table be sitting directly in the sun? Invest in patio umbrella. Would you like to be able to sit in the shade next to your favorite flower bed or by the pool? Buy a garden umbrella with an ornamental base.

Prep the barbecue grill. Before putting even a small grill on your balcony, check zoning by-laws.

Plan for cooler nights. Buy a patio heater or add a fire pit; it will let you enjoy your outdoor area well into autumn.

Design Japanese Garden

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Design Japanese Garden
credit: tutescin

Design Trends: Japanese Zen Garden Design

 Lately, homeowners have decided to do something about their empty, patchy backyard and make it over – Japanese style. What exactly makes up a Zen-inspired Japanese garden? It’s not just putting a Buddha statue next to a stalk of bamboo – it takes planning, consideration, and lots of time to properly pull off a functional, tranquil Zen garden.

 Japanese Zen gardens date all the way back to the 13th century. They are known there as rock gardens, where the infamous soothing sand raking takes place. Along with the sand, traditional Japanese rock gardens also include:


-         Rocks of different sizes

-         Running water

-         Different plants & trees

-         Seating areas


If you want to include all of these elements into your garden, there is no specific pattern you need to follow. All Zen gardens have a different layout and look because they are meant to represent the soul of the person who put it together.


When it comes to rocks, some gardens feature gravel instead of sand as the main ground covering, surrounded by foliage as a border. You can scatter bigger rocks, around the size of a basketball or more, around the garden for visual interest. You could also use eraser-sized pebbles as a border to frame a tree, a patch of sand, or the lower patio. Another popular way to used stones in a rock garden is placing flat stepping stones throughout.


Running water is obviously found in an outdoor fountain. There is nothing more soothing then the soft flow of running water, so it’s a great addition to a calming Zen garden. You could even consider installing a pond into your backyard, if you have the space and budget. Then you could set up the fountain in the middle, just like a traditional Japanese rock garden.


Plants and tree options are near endless in a Zen themed garden. The Japanese maple tree might be the most prominently used, which is a sight to see in the fall because its leaves change colour quite vibrantly. You might think that flowers are not prominent in Japanese gardens, but that’s not always true. The azalea plant stays green most of the year, but then blossoms with one of the most lovely, colourful blooms of all flowers. Moss is also found in rock gardens – on the barks of trees, on rocks, or growing up the fence. Remember that grass can also be featured in these gardens, but it’s normally mixed or broken up with sand or rocks.


Low-profile benches and lounge seats will help you relax in a Japanese garden. Of course, you can also grab a yoga mat and place it in the center of the garden, do a couple poses, and then meditate to get the full, calming affect of the space. It doesn’t matter where you put your seating, as long as they’re in a place that is comfortable and makes you feel at peace.

Nicolette Interor Design Diva

Outdoor Patio Furniture

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Creative Styling Outdoors—Patio Design

Your patio design (or balcony in apartments) is a part of your home like your living room, kitchen and bedroom. Especially during the summer season but also throughout the year, you and your family enjoy outdoor BBQs or just spending quality time in the fresh air. What’s more, you even invite and enjoy the company of friends in this idyllic setting. Therefore, putting some thought into your outdoor patio furniture is very important.

Casual and outdoor furniture is a billion dollar industry annually with the growing interest in outdoor living overall. Fortunately, it will not cost you as much to put together an attractive and relaxed setting no matter what your style is.
Outdoor patio furniture will include tables, seats, and umbrellas, among other pieces. Popular materials include wicker, wood, plastic, and metal.

However, with a wide selection of designs, styles, fabrics, and other materials, your choices are near limitless. It certainly goes beyond the folding lawn chairs, picnic tables, BBQ grills, and the concrete under your feet. In fact, more and more, offerings for outdoor furniture make it seem like any other room in your house!

Patio Design Theme – Outdoor Patio Furniture Ideas

All interior (err…exterior) design projects that are successfully executed start with a unifying theme. You can always carry over what you have already started inside your home such as Tuscan, Contemporary, etc. However, this outdoor space brings other options you would not even consider for indoors, such as botanical garden or even island hideaway complete with sand under your toes.

The unifying theme will, of course, make it easier to decide on the furniture pieces and accessories you will incorporate as well as colours and materials you will use. In addition, it will set the mood and environment almost immediately.

Cedar Lawn ChairFor example, this Western Red Cedar Lawn Chair by Cedar Delite brings with it a wave of sun-kissed, sandy beachside memories.

Patio ChairMeanwhile, the Alfresco Home Patio Chair with Cushion , with its wrought iron sunflower design, has the vibrancy of a South-of-the-Border summer adventure.

Tile Patio TablePair it with the Alfresco Home Tiled Patio Table featuring a dazzling blue handmade glazed ceramic style surface and every day will feel like a sun-filled vacation.

Patio Design Colour – Outdoor Patio Furniture Ideas

To inject some colour into your outdoor patio, you can, of course, turn to flowers and plants, whether in pots or taking root in the surrounding areas.

Patio Beverage CoolerIf you are looking for some addition “creative” ways to present your flowers and plants, a beverage cooler like the Alfresco Home Alghero Patio Beverage Cooler in Ant Cream not only makes a stylish and functional beverage cooler but creative minds can find other uses for its fully glazed earthenware container held up by a durable, wrought iron stand. It even comes in different colour options from azul to latte to match any theme.

Patio Design Privacy & Zoning – Outdoor Patio Furniture Ideas

Since privacy is key to relaxation, zoning your patio into different areas for various activities is highly recommended. You can separate your patio for cooking/barbecuing, lounging, and dining. This will let you and your guests enjoy what they are currently engaged in as well as not interrupt others in their own activities

Outdoor Patio BarFor example, the Alfresco Home Chateau Party Outdoor Patio Bar creates its own area to serve drinks and food on bar-style piece. You can even use this freestanding bar as a divider between your cooking area and your lounging or dining area.

Outdoor Dining TableDining and lounging areas can stand alone with Alfresco Home Lista Cast Aluminium 84” Oval Outdoor Dining Table Set

Outdoor Sofaand the Poly-Wood Club Mission Outdoor Sofa. As you can see from the selections, you are replicating items you would find in your own kitchen and living rooms from dining room tables to sofas and even matching ottomans.

Pato Design Personality – Outdoor Patio Furniture Ideas

Much as indoors, accessories can personalize your outdoor space.

Outdoor FountainYou can use eye-catching items like the Alfresco Home Lake Outdoor Fountain

Ceramic Fountainor Alfresco Home Small Pescado Ceramic Fountain to add character to any of your zones. Their respective shell and fish motifs will work well with a beachside theme to boot!

White HammockOf course, a tropical setting would get an instant injection of personality with the Hammaka Net Hammock in White

Outdoor Patio Hammockor the Outback Chair Company Outback Quilted Fabric Outdoor Patio Hammock in Sand .

You can catch a mini-vacation without even leaving the house.

That sums up what creative patio design & the right outdoor patio furniture can provide you, your family, and your guests. That is, a relaxing getaway any day of the week and any time of the day! Bon Voyage!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

Patio Furniture Design

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Preparing the Perfect Summer Patio Design

When spring rolls into summer, everyone can hardly wait to value the great outdoors and relax on their patio. However, arranging your patio for those long summer days can be challenging. What do you need to add to make a perfect extended living space & patio design? What patio accessories are an ideal plus? Follow Every Patio Furniture’s numbered guide to improve the look and feel of your patio design.

Outdoor Patio Furniture for Your Patio Design

- Outdoor Patio Table Set

Outdoor Patio Dining Sets

How many people are going to sit at your new patio dining set? That’s the first question to ask yourself – what size do you need? Outdoor Chrome Patio Dining SetAlso, are you looking for a set that includes an umbrella?

The Alfresco Home Lista Cast Aluminum 84 Inch Oval Table Dining Group is a good choice for family barbeques, while the Oakland Living Chrome Dining Set with 1 Table and 2 Chairs is more suited for an apartment balcony. Remember to check if the set is resistant to weather, and comes with assembly instructions.

Outdoor chairs and lounges

Outdoor Patio Lounge ChairWhen selecting outdoor seating, choose pieces that can be easily moved. You don’t want something too heavy that can’t be relocated!

Chaise Lounge Outdoor Coffee Table Set

Lounges are a soothing addition to a patio, but be sure your space has enough room to hold it.

Alfresco’s Home Farfalla Deep Seating Lounge Chair with Cushion is practical and comes with a plush cushion, and the Home Vento Chaise Lounge and Side Table (also by Alfresco) is constructed to endure any weather, plus it comes with its own end table.


Outdoor Iron Bench

Benches are a great way to add flair to your patio or backyard – plus, they create more seating space! The Oakland Living Rochester Bench’s finish gives it an exquisite antique look and it is made from iron, brass, and stainless steel, which will keep it standing strong.


A good-quality hammock should be able to do two things – defy the weather (especially rain) and be able to hold at least 500 pounds.

The Outback Chair Company Outback Quilted Fabric Hammock claims all of the above, and comes in a selection of different colours. Hang your hammock from your porch covering, outdoor columns, or a pergola.

Lighting / Heat for Your Patio Design

Outdoor Solar Lighting Garden ArtSolar powered lamps

Not only do solar powered lamps save energy, they’re also wireless. They are simple to install in your backyard along a walkway, or on every corner of your patio.

Allsop’s Solar-Powered Garden Art lamps are eye-catching and fun, while they give off a soft light that’s perfect for late summer nights.

Candles and Lanterns

Antique Bronze Outdoor Candle HolderConsider decorative candles and lanterns to liven up your outdoor space. Oakland Living’s Antique Bronze Grape Themed Candle Holder with Candle has beautiful grapevine detailing, and would be a great holder for a citronella candle – perfect for keeping the bugs away!Copper Outdoor Glass Latern

Kenroy Home Beacon Gilded Copper Outdoor Hanging Lantern with Clear Ridged Glass has a great old-world feel, is made of rust-proof copper, and can either be hung or placed on any surface.

Patio Heaters

Patio heaters have become very popular for home owner after seeing them in restaurants.

Table Top Patio Heater

You can get all different sizes of heaters to warm up those cloudless summer nights. For a table top, the Fire Sense Copper Finish Table Top Patio Heater is a safe choice, with its shut off tilt valve and oxygen depletion sensor.

Standing Infrared Patio Heater



If you’d like a floor-length heater, the Stainless Steel Floor Standing Round Infrared Patio Heater (also by Fire Sense) runs silently, is made from durable stainless steel and aluminium, and does not emit any harmful toxins into the air.

Fire Pits

Copper Outdoor Fire Pit

For a more natural way to heat things up, a fire pit not only does the job, it’s an ideal spot to gather round and socialize. Fire pits come in many different styles and dimensions, so try to decide what look and style would fit your outdoor space.

Outdoor Coffee Table With Firepit

A smaller deck or yard could aim for the Corral 35 Inch Copper Fire Pit, since it is compact and comes with a removable screen. Got room to spare?

The Outdoor Great Room Company Naples Chat Firepit Wicker Coffee Table with Black Glass Top is a coffee table with a fire pit built right in – perfect for resting drinks and snacks on while you enjoy the warmth of the fire.

Garden Accessories for Your Patio Design


Balcony Garden PlanterFlowers give a balcony a fresh, formal flair. A cute and inexpensive way to display your flowers is to place them in planters.

The On-The-Edge Planter comes with two planters that can be inserted over any type of fence or rail. An idealistic choice for apartment dwellers who have always wanted their own portable garden!


Hanging baskets create visual interest and brighten up your deck, especially if the basket itself is a beauty. H. Potter’s Copper Hanging Plant BasketFinish Hanging Plant Basket looks great even without the flowers.

Since summer is on its way, if you’d like a basket in full bloom by mid-summer, get planting now! It can take some flowers 3-5 months to fully grow, so go with marigolds or snapdragons, since their bloom time is shorter than most.


Sunflower Garden SculptureSometimes all you need to liven up your patio or garden is a simple piece of art! Sculptures easily give your outdoor space a dose of character.

Patina Products offers different flower and plant sculptures that are made out of solid steel – built to last! Reflect your personality and taste by placing a sculpture that represents you around your yard, in the grass, or in your patio’s corners.

Regal Blue Urn SetAnother art piece that has the potential to add some depth to your patio is a striking urn. For the truly artistic, try the Alfresco Home Riga Urn in Regal Blue. It comes with three handmade, matching urns in different sizes. Urns can also be used to hold flowers. Alfresco offers the Home WestLea Urn in Antique Rust, a lightweight planter urn at a reasonable price. Place urns in the corners of your patio, or use them to frame a walkway.

Shade for Your Patio Design

- Umbrellas

Patio Umbrella

If you’ve got an outdoor table and want to cover it with an umbrella, be sure to take down your table’s measurements and find an umbrella that will offer you full coverage.
It’s nice to bask in the sun for a while, but shade is a real relief! The Oakland Living 10′ Cantilever Umbrella offers vast coverage for a table, patio, or a lounge chair. Remember to apply more sunscreen when you get in the shade, so you’re ready to go when you decided to venture into the sunlight again.

PergolasOutdoor Roman Pergola

With a pergola, you’ll get the freedom to decorate it however you like. Cover it with a string of lights, drape over a mosquito net, or adorn it with curtains. It’s like having an extra room outside! Oakland Living’s 10′ x 10′ Roman Pergola is a luxury pergola made from rust-free cast aluminium with an antique bronze finish. It acts as a great cover for a hot tub, chairs and a coffee table, or a roaring fire pit.


Outdoor GazeboChoosing a gazebo is simple if you know what size you are looking for. How much shade do you feel you need? What needs coverage?

Also from Oakland Living, the Deluxe Gazebo with Cover looks well over a set of table and chairs, while H. Potter’s Garden Garden GazeboGazebo is more suited over a bench.

Shade SailShade Sails

Hanging up a sail is an original and effortless way to stay cool in the shade! It gives your porch or garden a light, airy feel. Hang sails like the Coolaroo 11 ft 10″ Square Shade Sail from the corners of your patio, or from privacy hedges. They’re great for smaller spaces, and easy to put up. Choose your favourite colour and get hanging!

Grill Appliances / Electronics for Your Patio Design


Napoleon Infrared Grill Prestige SeriesLet’s face it – with all the amount of grills out there, it can get a little mind boggling to decide which one is best for you. Assess what type of grill you’re interested in. Big? Small? In-between? When it comes to king-sized grills, the Prestige II Gemini Series Infrared Grill by Napoleon Grills will be sure to feed your family and friends with its double Infrared ceramic burners and included rotisserie kit. Lacking space?

Weber Genesis Gas GrillUse the Outdoor Great Room Company Legacy 20 Inch Electric Grill Head with Black Vinyl Cover. It can be placed easily on any tabletop for a portable patio grill.

For a medium-sized option, the Weber Genesis Gas Grill by Weber Grills cuts back on size, but it still high in quality. Plus, it’s extremely portable with its own set of wheels!


Beverage CoolerWhen you think of most coolers, you picture textured, bright-coloured plastic that’s bulky and unsightly. But those are the portable ones that you bring camping!

Coolers like the Alfresco Home Alghero Beverage Cooler in Latte are stylish and classy, and great for entertaining. Choose an outdoor cooler that will hold the amount of drinks you’d expect to have. For a rip-roaring outdoor bash, maybe it’s for the best to give up style and opt for a cooler that won’t crack or break if it falls down.


Forget about watching TV on those dull summer nights – go outside and watch the stars! For those with a condo-sized 114M Refract Telescopebalcony, choose a space saver, like the Meade 114Mm Refract Telescope.

Those with a greater amount of space can go for the Galileo 720Mm X 80Mm Refractor. If you’ve never purchased a telescope before, look for ones that come with plenty of instructions, and pre-assembled parts.

iPod Speakers

Ipod Folding SpeakersThe easiest way to get your music outside? Forget installing heavy, clunky speakers. The Digipower Ipod Folding Speakers set is an inexpensive way to bring your favourite tunes with you out the door. Make sure your iPod is compatible with whatever speakers you purchase, and express your personality by selecting different colours and styles.

Now get out there – and relax!

A Quick Guide to Outdoor Patio Designs

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Outdoor & Patio Furniture Design IdeasA Quick Guide to Outdoor Patio Designs

Outdoor Pillow Storage Box South Beach

When it comes to outdoor patio design, choosing your patio furniture for outside is just as important as choosing it for inside. It is essential to be selective with your purchases, so following some basic guidelines for the perfect outdoor patio design is often the best place to start.

Firstly, you need to take the space into consideration.  How large is the patio area you have to work with? Think of what patio furniture you desperately want or need, and buy suitably sized pieces. It is better to be left with enough remaining room to move around easily. If the space is of a smaller scale, consider storage. The South Beach AWW Pillow Storage designed by Alfresco Home is a good example of this.

The next factor to take into account is the purpose of the outside patio design area. Whether it is for entertaining, the children to play in or just to sit out and relax in, you need to buy your furniture accordingly.

3 pc outdoor bistro set with glass topThe following step is to decide what style to incorporate. If you want to create the essence of a dreamy Parisian café, then opt for something like the Mississippi Antique Outdoor Bistro Set by Oakland Living. Wrought iron furniture exudes elegance, and comes in both traditional and modern designs.

For people who have comfort in mind, Home Styles Furniture Cabana Banana Outdoor Chair & Ottoman Two Piece Set would be the ultimate in luxury. It comes with a chair and ottoman, so you can unwind at the end of a long day with your feet up! It brings a whole new meaning to being outside. This particular piece of furniture has a solid hardwood frame, which makes for a very resilient and low maintenance purchase.outdoor patio chair and ottoman
Of course your budget will affect what material of furniture you can shop for. Plastic and artificial wood are the less expensive options, whereas a real wood such as cedar is a lot more costly. There are several materials to choose from. Wicker inspires a homely theme, and is both lightweight and easy to clean. Aluminium, on the other hand, has a more modern appearance and resists deterioration well.

Tuscan Style Mission Square Fire PitNowadays, outdoor design doesn’t just stop at the patio furniture. There is a magnitude of possibilities when it comes to this exterior space. Imagine sitting out in the evening comforted by the warm glow of a fire pit. Fire Sense has designed a Tuscan Tile Mission Style Square Fire Pit, which is ideal for a cosy night in the garden.

Consider incorporating other sensual features. Beautiful flowers are effective visually, but also create a wonderful aroma. The harmonious sound of a wind chime will create a soothing atmosphere, dissolving any stress and anxiety. Water features, such as the Alfresco Home Giara Floor Water Fountain, instigate serenity and calmness.alfresco home outdoor floor water fountain

But in the end, when you determine the function, style and design, try and keep quality in mind. Outdoor furniture must sustain the elements, and in the long run you will save money by not having to replace it so often. Just use your imagination, and put as much effort into your outdoor design as you would into your interior decorating.

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