SUMMER TIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY

Outdoor Decorating

According to new research from the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), more than 80 percent of American households plan a purchase of outdoor furniture or accessories this year, up from 62 percent a year ago.

“Porches, patios, decks and balconies are among the most cherished spaces of American homes, and we want to spend as much time enjoying them as possible,” says Jackie Hirsch haut, AHFA vice president. “Many of us have so little time off that our backyards and balconies have become our primary refuge for relaxation.”

The busier and even one might say the crazier our lives get, the more we value and seek down time out of doors. There is nothing like your first cup of coffee on a patio, deck, or porch to start our day off with an attitude of calm instead of the usual morning break neck speed of starting our day in a rush.

Or ending our day out of doors whether alone or with others surely adds a needed dimension to our lives to shut off the day. At the very least, we can learn to shut off our days in nature’s wonderful antidote to the day’s stress for even a short amount of time.

So with all the trend setting new design and products now, I have selected these elements as a few of my as my favorites:

UPGRADED SEATING OPTIONS

Treasure Garden

Since product manufacturers are on this growing band wagon of outdoor living, more and more furniture designs are way beyond the typical outdoor seating. And now, we can create our own shade design with Treasure Garden’s vast selection of shade umbrellas and accessories

 

hammocks

And the hammock is making a comeback with cheerful colors and designs for all tastes and budgets as shown in this LaSiesta version.

 

 

More and more cleverly arranged furniture pieces provide that extra benefit of customization that everyone is wanting today. This grouping by Agio is definitely a fine example.

More and more cleverly arranged furniture pieces provide that extra benefit of customization that everyone is wanting today. This grouping by Agio is definitely a fine example.

 

 

OUT DOOR KITCHENS

Remember not too long ago when getting a gas grill was considered “up town”? Well, now today as we all realize, almost the entire kitchen is moving outside! And one of the most sought after appliance is the pizza oven. How fun would this be since everyone loves pizza!

Remember not too long ago when getting a gas grill was considered “up town”? Well, now today as we all realize, almost the entire kitchen is moving outside! And one of the most sought after appliance is the Kalamazoo artisan fire pizza oven. How fun would this be since everyone loves pizza!

 

MORE ACCESSORIES COME OUTDOORS

Pier One

From lamps, rugs, more fabric selections, side tables, and tabletop dinnerware and linens, the inside going outside is again happening in accessories. Accessories from Pier One.

 

 

Sunbrella covered chaise lounges

Sunbrella covered chaise lounges

 

Neither the size nor the financial outlay for our outdoor spaces actually matter. What good is the most elaborate high end pool and patio is no one ever uses it? No, it is about the nurturing experience and that can happen anywhere we let down and let go and just enjoy.

Remember, it’s summertime and the living (should) be easy.