Thursday, May 30, 2013

Outdoor Living, Part 3: Bring it Home

Hi everyone!!  Have you missed me?!  Sorry for the absence lately.  It is crazy 'round these parts, no joking.  Let's get back to it, shall we?

At this point, we've chosen our furniture and we've brought the garden onto the patio with our pots, planters, and containers. So, the next to do is to make the space cozy and comfy!  So, let's talk textiles!

I think the most obvious place to start is with a rug.  There are SO many options out there, ya'll.  I mean, a ton.  And for every (EVERY) budget!  Before shopping, you'll want to consider your style and your desired color palette.

If you like a graphic pattern, these are some great options:

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If you're a more traditional/floral kind of person, here are some great ideas for that particular aesthetic:

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If all of this is too much pattern for you, you can always go with a small-scale pattern, plain, or bordered outdoor rug, like these:

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As you can see, these tend to be a little more muted, but that may be your thing, and that is great!  If you crave color, but aren't too sure about the graphic or patterned rugs, you can still use a plain rug and use the other textiles in the "room" to punch up the color.

Speaking of "other textiles"... it's hammer time!!  Just kidding.  It's pillow time.  (Obviously.)

Here's a selection of what's pre-made and out there to choose from right now, in all ranges of the budget spectrum.

Some warmer-hued ones...
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Cooler tones...
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Of course, you can always hire someone to make custom pillows for you, if you're that type of person. (I always love a custom pillow.)

You may think we're out of textiles to discuss, but au contraire mon frere.  What about... drapes?!  You may think that you don't have anywhere to hang a drape outdoors, and that may be true, but any where there is a column or overhang, you can put a drape.  Here are some pictures of outdoor rooms with some lovely drapes.
courtesy of sarahleeab
over at Knight Moves
by Beach Chic Design

If you just have NO place to put drapes, you can skip it.  OR you can create a spot!

You can go easy-peasy DIY-done-in-a-day and do something like this:  (I'm pretty sure this is bamboo tied together and sunk into planters.)
at Rooftop Linnaeus blog
Or tackle a big project (or hire it out) and do a freestanding pergola for your drapes!

via Superior Awning
I just LOVE a pergola, don't you?!  Here's another (drool-worthy) one, just for fun.

created by Shade Voila
Let's meet back here soon for a wrap-up!  Part 4 of Outdoor Living is coming next week!

Do you have an idea of what you want to do, but need help putting things together or forming a concrete plan?  Don't know where to start?  Contact us for a free consultation.  We can help.  ;)

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