ALL POSTS TAGGED "outdoor room"

  • Tell Your Friends

It’s here! It’s here! The season of barbeque-grillin’, pool-swimmin’ and patio-sittin’ has arrived. We’ve spring-cleaned everything we can and it’s time to enjoy the fruits of our labor, preferably with a glass of sangria out on a deck or patio. Here’s a looksie at some of the outdoor spaces our editors enjoy at their own homes.

Jessica:

It will probably come as a shock to no one that I don’t have a nightstand or a functional workspace because I spend all my money on plants. One of the first things I bought for my apartment was an old soda crate—I lined it with fabric and turned it into a planter. Other “planters” include a bucket from the dollar store, one of those holiday popcorn tins and a miniature greenhouse from IKEA (I think I’m missing the point of the whole greenhouse thing by filling it with dirt and planting kale in it but oh well).

The lights (they’re solar!) and furniture are recent additions. I realized this morning that the patio set is the closest I’ve come to owning a dining table. My friend/neighbor and I have been calling my patio “The Outdoor Room” and will be eating all of our meals there from now until next winter.

Bonus: My apartment also sits right next to some azalea shrubs that have been an absolute delight after two unreasonably cold winters.

SEE MORE OF OUR OUTDOOR SPACES >>

  • Tell Your Friends

Outdoor spaces: We love them during the spring and summer, but it’s easy to overlook them the rest of the year. If your patio or backyard looks like an afterthought or feels disjointed from the rest of your home, never fear. By incorporating stylish furniture and cozy accents, you can create an outdoor space that’s just as appealing as your home’s interior. We collected some tips from designer Emily Henderson, who transformed this formerly plain patio into a cozy outdoor room with a collected, bohemian vibe. Get the look with these seven ideas and products:

Copy the Look of This Bohemian Outdoor Living Room

1. World Market / 2. Overstock / 3. Etsy: farjer / 4. Pier 1 Imports
5. Dot & Bo / 6. Wayfair / 7. Target

7 Tips for a Cozy Outdoor Living Room

  • Tell Your Friends

You guessed correctly if you chose option A. Designer Emily Henderson gave this outdoor patio a bohemian vibe, with a bright patterned rug, DIY planters and stumps turned tables.

Bohemian Outdoor Room

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Madison K. is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV magazine and Anthropologie measuring spoons. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

  • Tell Your Friends

You guessed correctly if you chose option C. Repurposed wooden crates offer plenty of storage in this outdoor mudroom, which frees up cabinet space in the kitchen for other items.

Outdoor Mudroom

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Cathy is the winner of this month’s HGTV magazine and an Anthropologie bird feeder. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

  • Tell Your Friends

You guessed correctly if you chose option C. The pergola in this outdoor space, designed by Christopher Grubb, is made with renewable redwood lumber. A freestanding outdoor shower sits right behind the pergola, creating the perfect outdoor oasis.

Design by Christopher Grubb

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Barbara E. is the winner of an HGTV iPhone 5 case, a black sun visor hat and this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

  • Tell Your Friends

When I dream of having an outdoor room, this is pretty much what it looks like inside my head:

ellen de generes outdoor room

Ellen Degeneres and Portia De Rossi are selling their Beverly Hills estate which boasts this overstuffed and super-relaxed outdoor room. The thick-cushioned couches with faded wicker bases, the rough-hewn coffee table, the subtly-hued rugs…sigh. This is the the stuff summer (millionaire) dreams are made of.

  • Tell Your Friends

Need a good soak? The Elemental hot tub from Dimension One Spas is designed to fit in smaller outdoor spaces.

The spas measure 60″ x 60″ x 32″, weigh 350 pounds without water and plug into a standard electrical outlet. Even better, the Canvas model can be customized with exterior paint and other accents.

What colors and patterns would you use to customize yours? And where would you put it?

  • Tell Your Friends

You know how Letterman, Leno and Ellen sometimes surprise their celebrity guests by rolling in D-List footage from their pasts from local commercials to tiny parts in disastrous TV pilots? Most of the time the big shots laugh it off, jump in their limos, then chuckle all the way home as drivers deliver them to the front doors of their $25 million mansions. Why should they care, right?

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment

How does this blast-from-the-past situation work in regards to professional decorators and designers? Perhaps earlier, unpolished, shot-with-a-point-and-click images evoke a nostalgic, look-how-far-I’ve-come feeling. Or, on the flipside, maybe they cheapen the refined, respected brand that took years of hard work to create and tens of thousands of dollars to have professionally photographed.

I decided to put myself to the test by sorting through dozens of totally out-of-focus, um-that-angle-is-like-totally-wrong photos. From my first 323 sq ft city apartment to the first paid job, all the way to the first published project, here’s a visual evolution from strapped-for-cash assistant to freelance kids’ room decorator to outdoor living space dude. Are these representative of my work today? Not necessarily. Do I look back and thank my lucky stars I’m not still slurping up ramen noodles and sleeping on a scratchy, second-hand polyester sleeper sofa? Hell yes.

Humble Thyself

  • Tell Your Friends

Designing and decorating one’s own home is a daunting task for a professional interior designer. Your personal living quarters don’t just serve as a place for you to crash after a busy day designing someone else’s digs. They must also be a prime showpiece for your professional services. It would be like settling into a chair at a new hair salon and noticing that the stylist approaching you with scissors has a freakishly awful coiffure.

San Francisco designer Kriste Michelini was faced with the all-important challenge of designing a home for her family that not only provided a comfortable and efficient place to cultivate life, but also spoke to her own personal style and design capabilities. (Her home, and hair, are simply beautiful.)
See How Kristi Came Out

  • Tell Your Friends

When my husband and I moved back to Utah from California several years ago, we knew we’d be making several sacrifices in terms of lifestyle, the biggest one being the fact that winters here seem to start at the beginning of October. And then end… never. Two days ago, this is what our deck looked like. Remember: It’s the middle of April.

deck1

READ MORE

Latest Pins on Pinterest

  • Get the Look: Cool Blue Fireplace >>

  • Get The Look: Nautical Living Room >>

  • Get The Look: Eclectic Green Living Room >>

  • Summer Festival Style: DIY Galaxy Print Shoes >>