Now that the weather is warm, and we are spending more time outside, how’s your outdoor furniture looking? Often the furniture is in good shape and may need a refresh with a good cleaning and coat of paint. The challenging part is when you want to replace cushions or pillows. If you have ever shopped for them, you will notice there is a wide variety of options, and it can be confusing, so I decided to investigate.
I love this time of year, warmer weather, longer days and a time to think about outside entertaining. Is your deck or patio ready for guests? Just as there are trends in indoor décor, you will see the same in outdoor decorating. There are some new trends this year I wanted to share with you.
Indoors Goes Outdoors
The concept of creating a look outdoors that appears like the indoors isn’t new, the amount of items and accessories available is more readily found and at an affordable price. Just as we like a cozy and comfortable indoor, we have the same expectation outdoors. You will see more options in rugs, ottomans, side tables, outdoor lighting and all the accessories to complete a comfortable and stylish outdoor seating area.
The options for brightly patterned and colored cushions and pillows are plentiful, click here to view some options. You will see more furniture made of natural items such as rattan, wicker, and teak. This style from the ‘70s will make a big comeback with a mixture of these materials, incorporating weaving and a “crochet” look. Click here for an example of mixed materials in outdoor seating.
You will need an option for storing your throws and candles and anything you would not want to be exposed to nature all the time. I love this idea from Target, it uses the look of wicker and serves as a coffee table and storage area, ideal for a small deck or patio.
Finish the Look
- Pick the pop color you wish to use in your outdoor seating area and incorporate it into garden stools that will serve as side tables.
- Add a beautiful rug to create a conversation area.
- Add lighting. Use table lamps constructed for outdoor use or string lights, whatever fits your style.
- For some inspiration check out my Pinterest board displaying seating arrangements and accessories.
If you are not in the market for new furniture and want to bring life back to your old furniture here are a few tips:
- How to Clean Cushions and Fabric
- How to Clean Metal, Wood and Other Types of Furniture
- Add a fresh coat of paint to bring old furniture to life. Go to your local home store and ask for the best way to handle what you are trying to paint.
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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.
by Debbie Correale
I’m not too sure about that old saying, “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” but there are signs of spring around. I see crocuses beginning to sprout and forsythia about to bloom, signs of the start! Hallelujah! If you could see me now, I would be doing my happy spring dance! With spring in mind, it’s time to start preparing for warmer weather and get our outdoor furniture ready. For this blog post, I would like to focus on pre-spring clean up ideas to get ready for warm weather.
Time to get the lawn furniture out of storage! Clean and inspect the condition of all cushions and pillows. Here are some tips from RealSimple.com based on the type of items that you own the best way to clean them:
- Wicker Furniture: Use a soft scrub brush dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap. Rinse by hosing down.
- Wrought-Iron Furniture: Wipe with a clean cloth dampened with a mixture of water and a mild dish washing detergent, such as Ivory. Rinse by hosing down.
- Teak Furniture: Use a soft scrub brush dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap. Rinse by hosing down.
Inspect your doorway and windows and remove all the cobwebs, etc. Click here for instructions on how to clean your windows without streaks! Sweep the cobwebs from your front porch and add some spring like feel to your entry by adding a lovely wreath! Be sure to use a wreath that you can see from the road, perhaps incorporating the look of one of your favorite flowers? Go to your local craft store and be inspired!
If the cushion material in your furniture is faded or beyond cleaning it may be time to consider replacing the fabric. You will want to select a fabric that is sun-resistant; go to your local fabric store and check out the many fun patterns that are available. Click here for how-to instructions on an easy method to replace old cushion covers. Or if you want a new look, replace the throw pillows. Check out the many options available at your local home stores such as Target.com.
It is too early for most outdoor flowers here on the east-coast except the hardy sweet-faced Pansy. Bring a bit of happy spring time to your deck, porch, or entryway with a pot of beautiful colored pansies.
If you are looking for a change in your home, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for a home consultation and makeover; you will not believe the change this can add to your home!
Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.