Outdoor room wins prize in international design competition

Decorating Den Interiors’ owner Barbara Tabak presents her outdoor Dream Room

EASTON, Md. – An outdoor space designed and furnished by Barbara Tabak, owner of Decorating Den Interiors of Harrisburg, Pa., won second place in the miscellaneous category of her company’s International Dream Room competition judged by journalists across the U.S. and Canada.

“This was the patio of my own home,” she said, “an empty space waiting to be infused with style and personality. Since the deck was built as an area for the family and friends to kick-back and relax, comfortable furnishings were essential. To meet that goal, I selected cast aluminum furnishings with thick, soft, moisture-resistant cushions that are made to last in an outdoor environment. To fulfill my vision of a fun, colorful patio, I selected bold pick-me-up colors and a modern ikat print for the cushions and pillows. Now admittedly, those colors might be a bit overwhelming inside the home, but outside they added an element of playfulness and fun, just what I wanted. In the lounge area, three chairs surround a round cocktail table that has a removable top that can be used as a serving tray. And since the top comes off, there’s space for storing.”

“To accommodate my family on our 4th of July picnic, cast aluminum table and chairs were selected,” she continued. “The harsh summer sun shines on the deck until late in the afternoon so, to shield us from its heat and harmful rays, a large umbrella was added. The shade provides for a cool respite during lunchtime

“Finally, the space was accessorized with flowers, foliage and other accessories making it ready for a quiet day reading, a tranquil evening or our rowdy 4th of July picnic,” Tabak said.

ddAn outdoor space designed and furnished by Barbara Tabak, owner of Decorating Den Interiors of Harrisburg, Pa., won second place in the miscellaneous category of her company’s International Dream Room competition.

The company’s annual design competition boasted 270 entries in a variety of categories: bathrooms, bedrooms, children’s rooms, commercial spaces, dining rooms, family rooms, home offices, kitchens, living rooms and miscellaneous spaces. All designs used home furnishings products from Decorating Den Interiors’ preferred network of some 100 suppliers.

Decorating Den Interiors is one of North America’s largest interior design and home furnishings franchise companies and in-home decorating services. It was founded in 1969 and has more than 300 interior design professionals and decorators throughout the United States and Canada.


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