3 Steps to Adore Your Outdoors

adore-your-outdoorsIs this the summer you replace your white plastic stackable uncomfortable chairs with something more comfy and attractive? If so, here are a few tips for making the perfect choice.

1. Frame (structure) of your table and chairs

Aluminum, plastic, and PVC materials are rustproof, lightweight, easy care and relatively inexpensive.

Steel and wrought iron are heavy-duty, sturdy, will not blow around, but will rust if not weatherproofed or painted periodically.

Wicker uses natural materials such as rattan and is especially durable when treated with a resin finish.

Wood is sturdy and attractive in outdoor furnishings and can be as comfortable as indoor furniture. Regular treatment with a preservative will improve its beauty and longevity. Be sure to choose weather-resistant woods such as teak, redwood, cypress and cedar.

2. Fabric for your seats and cushions

Look for fabrics that are stain- and mildew-resistant, water repellent and fade resistant. Your cushions should have a polyester filler that is lightweight and springy so it will dry quickly after a rainshower.

Select colors that will add color and beauty to your outdoor room. Take note of the colors in your surroundings such as the color of your home, the deck or patio floor, your flowers and bushes, and perhaps a lake or pool. Then, think bold and bright for dramatic contrast!

3. Space for your outside activities

Measure the perimeter and sketch it out marking the placement of doors and walkways. Take note of the direction of the sun so you can plan for shade. List your activities: Grilling? Lounging? Entertaining? Al fresco dining? Afternoon cocktails? Napping? (Don’t we wish?)

Remember that comfort is king. If your outdoor furniture is uncomfortable, it will go unused.

Now the fun part! Select accessories that complete your outside design: Brightly patterned throw pillows, indoor/outdoor area rug, lighting for nighttime use, flowers in decorative pots, art and statuary.

As always, decorating is about you and your family, how you live and what you like. If you want to make it easy and take the guess work out of outdoor decorating, give a professional a call. We know how to help you get just the right product to create just the right look.

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About Sue Hoaglund

Decorating... the professional touch - Instead of spending time shopping and making choices, and still not being happy with the results, we can work together to "pull it together"... and, since the cost of my products always includes my design expertise, you can save money and enjoy a stress free design process. I can help ensure a comfy and inviting DREAM ROOM. I enjoy keeping up with current design and product trends and regularly tour showrooms, factories, show houses and markets - both at High Point and Las Vegas. I have stable relationships with the manufacturers, craftsman, fabricators, installers, contractors, and other resources necessary to complete your project and meet your expectations. Above all, I listen. I learn about you, your home, how you use it and how it can be improved to meet your needs. I understand value for products, for home resale, for family enjoyment and I believe that is why most of my work comes from repeat clientele and referrals from their friends.

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