After a winter for the record books, this sunny, inviting Chicago terrace over-looking Lake Michigan, is hard to resist. With its fine-casual elegance, boxwood borders and cozy conversation area, who wouldn't want to nestle in and enjoy the view?
Long, warm, wonderful days are on their way.
Now's a great time to freshen-up your space for the upcoming season. If you're thinking it's about time your deck or patio live more like an outdoor room than just a place to store the grill, this Chicago setting maybe just the inspiration you need!
Why this works:
*Outdoor furniture with classic, clean lines creates a sophistication that's timeless. Look for weather-resistant furniture that complements your home's architectural style.
Gretchen Roberts, HGTV author of "Furnishing Your Outdoor Room", reinforces why choosing the right furniture is an important first step. "With more furniture styles and outdoor fabrics to choose from than ever", says Roberts, "you can create a one of a kind patio style that extends your home outside".
*An interesting mix of seating options creates a warm, inviting atmosphere. And offers great options for entertaining. Neutral color palettes work well with most exterior aesthetics, and act as the ideal backdrop for that occasional pop of accent color.
*Accessories, such as this charcoal outdoor rug, lantern grouping and charming topiary planters spilling with color, add just the right finishing touches ----and complete the look.
For my phase three home, where my kids and life are in constant transition, this outdoor space just plain works. Now as our last is in-and-out between home and college, and the other two are occasional visitors who live and work on their own, having an outdoor room to relax, entertain and enjoy the nice weather ....with whomever happens to be around, is a must-have for our home and lifestyle.
Need a bit more inspiration to create the outdoor room of your dreams? Visit our Pinterest board, Outdoor Spaces, Textures and Colors!
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