Decor Direction: Function, Form, Budget

Summer is fun in the sun. Perhaps it’s an opportunity to travel to a vacation spot. Perhaps it’s an opportunity to spend time in your own backyard. If that’s the case, then you can create your own fun spot.

So, where do you start? It’s the same as planning a new look for the inside of your home.

1. Function. What do you like to do outside?

Play games such as volleyball, corn hole or badminton. Perhaps you find peace in gardening or enjoyment in throwing parties, cooking outdoors or just reading. Maybe telling ghost stories late into the evening over a fire pit sounds enjoyable. Perhaps an investment in a pool or hot tub makes sense for your family fun. You could involve everyone who is affected by this decision by creating a list of possible activities, have everyone number their favorites first to last, and total it up.

2. Form. How much space is required for your favorite past times?

Pools and volleyball courts will certainly eat up a lot of space but a volleyball court can be set up for temporary use. If having friends over is a common occurrence, ample seating is a must. And shade on a hot afternoon will provide relief from the summer sun. A fire pit must be placed well away from your home.

3. Budget. How much you spend will impact your plans.

It’s safe to say that an in-ground pool will be at the upper end while a book from the library will be most cost effective!

Now the fun part! Creating a fun space!

Color makes the biggest impact whether indoors or outdoors. Even if you are hesitant to add color to your interior, be adventurous outdoors and experiment with bright, bold colors. Flowers, shrubs, furniture, pots, rugs, pillows and accessories can all bring vibrant color to your outdoor “room.” Your background color is likely green and blue so “travel” across the color wheel to reds, oranges and yellows.

A decorator might start with the color of the flowers that do well in your yard and that you like. The hues that yellow marigolds, red roses and pink petunias can all be repeated (which is a principle of design) in other objects. Cushions on a chair, pots on the deck, umbrella over the table and even the dishes you use can all complete your plan and add a fun, festive touch.

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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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