Marcia Blake is President / Creative Director of Outdoor Interiors® a design firm specializing in creating outdoor living spaces. She also provides design and consulting services for outdoor furniture manufacturers and has launched a new collection of soft goods and accessories she designed called Outdoor Couture®, she is an active member of the Color Marketing Group, ASID and ICFA.
Casual retail stores can assist owners of small patios to reflect their style in color, fabric, furniture and design choices. If their patio looks like this photo above there is hope. In one neighborhood take a look at the diverse choices homeowners are making while purchasing and designing their patios. From white, blue, red, black, green, brown and tan, colors are everywhere. A Green Sunbre... Read MoreComments (3)
Drawing attention to an area will stimulate the senses. Whether you are outdoors in your very own backyard or walking through a retail store it is important to create small vignettes that appeal to our sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. This is a very simple task. To design a vignette appealing to our sense of sight and smell a few decoratively arranged potted plants with flowers c... Read MoreComments (2)
The weather is warming up and it’s time to spend more hours outside. The line between the indoors and outdoors is blurring as you and your guests spill outside from your interior great room. When designing an outdoor living space it is always fun to utilize a touch of indoor style and unify the space by adding outdoor drapes, pillows and rugs to complete the look. You can mix and match chandeliers... Read MoreComments (2)
Outdoor Living continues to prevail as a major trend as consumers remodel backyard patios and add on outdoor kitchens to make the outdoor encounter more pleasureable. Outdoor rooms are an extension of the family, living and recreational rooms. Expansive doorways are helping to make a seamless transition from the interior of the home to the exterior living space. It has never been easier to coord... Read MoreComments (1)
I have always loved impressionist art, a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it, in fact I just visited the Musee d’Orsay in Paris this past fall to see these very well known paintings. Now Derek Fell, a well known author and photographer, will be designing garden structures and furniture inspired by these Impressioni... Read MoreComments (0)
Kogi BBQ Last night I experienced something rare and exciting. My son who is 23 and his girlfriend have been following twitter to locate their new favorite place to eat. Sound crazy?? It is clearly a brilliant idea that Roy Choi, Mark Manguera and Caroline Shin-Manguera have developed. They are the True Grassroots Guerrilla Restaurateurs. They bought a taco truck, combined two cuis... Read MoreComments (0)
New from a highly respected umbrella company is the Garden Pavillion from Treasure Garden. Since 1984, Treasure Garden has manufactured the widest selection of shade products in the world. They offer more than 25,000 variations of shade solutions and accessories. From their revolutionary Easy Track™ models to their award winning Cantilever and Table Umbrellas series, Treasure Garden has a perf... Read MoreComments (1)
Staying home has become increasingly more popular. Most Building and remodeling surveys are reporting that everyone is on board with the concept of the Outdoor Room. When drapes, rugs, throws, pillows and luxury furniture all join together, a beautiful room is created. As April moves into May the weather will continue to warm up and encourage us to spend time outdoors. Who wouldn’t want to spe... Read MoreComments (1)
More New Oudoor Living Products at High Point Market from Bongenre, Gloster, AMS, Capel, Whitecraft & Much More!
Genji plate by Bongenre More Hot Products for Outdoor Living to be showcased at High Point Market this month. Bongenre brings us Elegant Melamine Tableware, in this selection delicate tendrils of coral slip across the rim, attached to the rim by a band of undulating color From AMS Imports’ Rain of Shine Collection, the Bahama Palm rug incorporates deluxe chenille celery yarns for... Read MoreComments (2)
The furniture capital of the world is hosting High Point Market this month. For a sneak peek of some of the hottest introductions for Outdoor Living take a look here: A mixture of glacier white and cool blue offers a soothing site on Global Views’ Macaroni and Cylinder vases. Designed by Helen Kontouris, the Sun Weave Breathe Lounge chair features an ultra swanky silhouette from Terra Furn... Read MoreComments (1)
Do you want to feel as if you are in a tropical paradise? All it takes is some beautiful & colorful Outdoor Fabric, some bright colored flowers and lush greenery. Rather than spending time and money traveling to exotic destinations, create a colorful retreat in your very own backyard. Homeowners commonly give a lot of consideration to their houses’ interiors, carefully choosing colors, furnitur... Read MoreComments (0)
Hastings Wood Grain Tile Outdoors Since 1885, Hastings, a privately-owned company, has been a leading provider of decorative architectural products. Originally founded in Hastings-on-the-Hudson New York, as a manufacturer of asphalt and concrete materials has now evolved into Hastings Tile & Bath which influences contemporary style. Hastings Tile & Bath is moving into th outdoor... Read MoreComments (3)