As we celebrate the official start of summer, outdoor dining, cookouts, and parties, I would like to offer a few tips on outdoor decorating. The trend is to blend your indoor with your outdoor, which means cozy outdoor sectionals, rugs, lights, and artwork. To help you, I have detailed tips on how to set up your outdoor area.Continue reading How to Decorate your Outdoor Deck or Patio
As we head into summer and have the ability to spend peaceful time outside on our deck or patio, is your outdoor seating area what you would like for it to be? For a fresh look, enjoy these five tips to help you achieve the look you want for your outdoor seating, entertaining and eating area.
1. Bring the comforts of the indoors outside.
In a sunny area, add a solar powered lamp that you can make yourself! Click here to see the step-by-step instructions; you will be amazed at how easy this is to create!
2. Warm up your setting with the soft glow of candles.
3. Any space, small or large, can get a fresh look by the use of pops of color and patterns.
4. Incorporate plants into your outdoor area.
You will want to vary the height of the plants to create your conversation areas and add potted flowers for color and beauty. If you are placing pots in a full-sun area you will want to choose heat-tolerant plants, click here to review a list of options. Use a potting soil that will help maintain moisture if you are not a consistent person that waters, such as MiracleGro’s Moisture Control Potting Soil. If you already have the potting soil add the “water storing crystals” to the soil, link for more information.
5. Paint your furniture a new color.
I recently had a client, inspired by my latest articles on furniture transformation, sent me photos of her latest DIY project. She transformed a bistro style table and chairs with new paint colors.
Furniture before being painted:
Furniture after being painted:
What a difference! She didn’t like the color it was and used Rustoleum’s Paint + Primer in Satin Espresso, and finished it with Rustoleum’s Metallic Flat Burnished Amber for a slight metallic sheen. A couple of tips that she offered: Your hand gets tired from spray-painting, to help, use the Rustoleum Spray Paint Can Soft Grip to prevent hand fatigue. Wear gloves; nitrile is the strongest won’t tear as easily. Now all she needs to do is figure out some fun pillows! The best part of any redesign, the accessories! Thank you for sharing your fabulous project with us!
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. Feature photo purchased from Shutterstock by Debbie Correale.
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.
For all your home decorating, color selection, home staging needs call Debbie 61.955.8202 or email for a consultation. Do you love home decorating and would like to learn how you can make money in the redesign and home staging business? Sign up now for one of my upcoming hands-on classes and get started on your new career!
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+.