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July 15, 2022

Outdoor Living Made Easy

Outdoor Living Made Easy

What makes outdoor entertaining worth the wait? Indeed, a fabulous front porch! And, back yard, as well!! One that says, welcome and sit awhile. It's true, that something magical happens when the clouds pull back and reveal what we have been waiting months for, summer! Visions of rocking in a chair, laughing out loud, lazy evenings, scrumptious eats and thirst-quenching concoctions tend to emerge. 

And, our Wide Hollow Sunset project is the perfect example! The transformation of this beautiful front porch and back patio was just in time for the change in weather. From updating the exterior to the decor in the garden, we covered every inch. Enjoy our design tips and shopping trends and don't miss the before pictures, the changes are so refreshing!

Exterior Paint Colors - White and Black

We love designing a cozy setting, with affordable, unique pieces that say relax, enjoy and come to our warm-weather oasis again and again. This is the time of the year when clients are calling for my assistance to craft the ultimate summer escape at their residence. Outdoor living has become a specialty all in itself, with many retailers catering to our requests for an outdoor entertaining room that is both comfortable and functional.

My design approach always brings some element of the outdoors in, which unsurprisingly inspires me to take the inside out. While I believe there are ‘no rules’ and typically push the design principle envelope… I do believe that the beauty we create in our interiors is just as important to our exteriors. And, you don’t have to splurge to take the plunge. There are many reasonable, eye-catching pieces now available in multiple styles, colors, shapes and sizes.

As a lifestyle designer, I spend time with my clients understanding how they use their space; a typical weekend, evenings, daily activities. Will you dine outside? Do you have many guests? Can you work from home? What can we repurpose, update, refresh? Once we have meticulously thought through and discussed the ideal surroundings, I create a conceptual design plan, while considering available storage for items once the season ends. 

Painted Concrete | Benjamin Moore - Chelsea Gray

Whether you have a pool, patio or front porch, there are several summer design essentials. Practical good looks, not too precious or unapproachable and the type of area you are immediately drawn to. Easy to put together, easy to pick up and most importantly easy to maintain.

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Front Porch Sittin' Faves

Porch swing bench
Buffalo plaid outdoor rug
Monogram outdoor rug
Outdoor urn style planters
Outdoor black sidetable
Black Outdoor Lanterns

Meet Us Out Back

Back porch patio furniture farmhouse style
Moscow mule mug
Outdoor wooden bar cart
Outdoor firewood rack large

Spruce Up Your Garden

garden decorative cart
Metal garden decorative cart
Wood garden decorative cart
Garden decorative wheelbarrow with flowers
Large weathered outdoor planter pots
Garden hose storage
Classic white ornate outdoor planter pots

Before & After

Front porch furniture black and white
Front porch furniture black and white
Front porch remodel

We wanted to transform the exterior brick while still preserving a natural look.
We did this by gently brushing on Romabio's Classico Limewash with a 70% dilution rate.
The result was this warm Modern Farmhouse look, allowing the original brick to peek through!

Romabio Classico Limewash

Front door refinish black
Front porch furniture black and white

Front Door Redo

What can we repurpose, update, and refresh? This is a question that we often ask at the beginning of every remodel. The front door was of good quality and in great shape, we just didn't care for the style. After working with our local glass & door company, we simply altered the window frame, added new glass, painted, installed new hardware and TA-DA! A gorgeous existing front entry that looks brand new!

Front door remodel
Pull Up a Seat
Womens leopard garden clogs
Black and white polka dot womens shirt
Women's jean overalls
Woman sitting on front porch furniture
Tap to see our feature on Polywood!

Featured On

Polywood
Front porch remodel
Black and white back porch furniture

Featured On

What is black and white and 'read' all over?? You guessed it, our Wide Hollow Sunset porch remodel. This beauty has been featured on Annie Selke, Pottery Barn, Polywood, and more! Tap the images to read more.

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What did we like most?

The durability, sustainability and function of the outdoor furniture and textiles we selected by far met every expectation we had for this space… and more!

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