20+ Gorgeous Outdoor Living Design And Decor Ideas / FresHOUZ.com

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The outdoor space is peeled down and a more relaxed version of what’s happening in the room, which can explain why many of us are attracted to a more relaxed and uncluttered space outside. If your finances are possible, a designer can plan and create a space that looks good if it’s not better than your living room. Whether it’s the job of a professional or an it-yourself design project, rate your page and think about what you did before you bought a pillow and patio pouf. It doesn’t really matter if you have a small patio, a large terrace

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Consumer Watch: Outdoor living in the Oklahoma winter | KOKH

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As the temperature continues to drop, you might feel like you can’t use certain parts of your home, but the outdoor area can still be a usable place during the winter months. Sure, with a large budget you can do just about anything, but even a smaller focused budget can keep your outdoor space comfortable year-round. Patios, enclosed or not, are not generally counted as a part of a home’s square footage, but the more usable a space, the better for you.

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Get ready to spend more time outside! – 9 Backyard Additions for Better Outdoor Living – Bob Vila

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The key to creating an outdoor space that you’ll want to use all the time—by day and night, in all kinds of weather—is a sturdy, attractive little structure to serve as your home-close-to-home. At its most basic, a shed provides shelter, storage, work surfaces, and seating; beyond that, you can customize it to suit your interests.

Whether you decide to create a chic, comfy “she shed,” an awesome adjunct to your grill, a well-equipped workshop, or a playhouse for the kids, it’s important to start with a shed that’s soundly built of top-quality materials and sits on a solid foundation. Look to LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® for the goods—from LP ProStruct® Flooring with SmartFinish®, the only flooring product specifically warranted for shed use, to reflective LP ProStruct® Roof Sheathing with SilverTech® that brightens the shed’s interior while keeping it comfortable. And, thanks to the company’s innovative SmartGuard® treatment process, you can count on its siding and flooring to boast extra strength, durability, and resistance to fungal decay and termites.

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How We Made Our Outdoor Living Spaces Low Maintenance- The Patio & Deck Makeover – Shine Your Light

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This post is in partnership with Raymour & Flanigan, who I am proud to work with for their quality, customer service and community care!
All opinions about this company and their products are 100% my own.

Summers for us right now mean two of our kids are home from college, our nest is full again, and there are tons of friends and family around. Nothing makes me happier than a warm night with friends, food, music and laughter around the fire, the kids throwing the football around, playing corn hole or laying on the trampoline looking at the stars!! These sweet, ordinary, often unplanned times are what life is all about and I know we will look back on them with such fondness through the years.

Even though all through the winter we can’t wait for warmer weather, every spring Mark’s and my enthusiasm are tempered with ALL THE THINGS we have to do outside before we can relax out there – mow the lawn, clean out the gardens, mulch and plant flowers. We are grateful for our home but sometimes it can feel like endless work! Can you relate? Before you can enjoy, you have a million projects to tackle first? Add to our list the 30+ year old rotting deck that needed boards replaced just to be able to get to our grille safely, and the teak table and chairs that needed to be scrubbed and oiled at the beginning of every summer. Since replacing our deck this year became a MUST with one board after another rotting right through….

….this time around we decided to make it as low maintenance as possible and went with Trex composite decking that has a 25 year warranty and can stand up to our harsh New England winters and hot summers better than natural wood. What a difference!!

As much as we love the look of natural wood, we decided it was also time to say goodbye to our teak table and chairs that I had scrubbed and sealed every summer for years, and find something we could set up at the beginning of the warm weather and just enjoy from Day 1. 

I shared a bit about our new table, chairs and benches from Raymour & Flanigan last week when my rhododendrons were in bloom and we had brunch out here for Hannah’s birthday. They are easy to set up, easy for me to move around on the deck, neutral AND the exact style I wanted, we LOVE them! 

The table and benches are lightweight aluminum but the finish on them is so pretty, just like a driftwood-stained wood. (Holy pollen by the way! I had just hosed off the deck and furniture the morning I took these pictures and when I was editing I could see it had a fresh coat already!)

I opted to go with woven resin wicker armchairs for the ends and these are comfy for lounging after dinner. The chairs and benches came with cushions and I added a couple throw pillows for some color.

The tiled table top is pretty and easy to wipe down.

Also majorly noteworthy about all these pieces – they are all from the Raymour & Flanigan outlet online! There are other pieces from this line that can be bought as a set but I pieced together what we wanted (benches were a must for squeezing lots of people around here in the summer!)

Now onto the patio!

Our deck overlooks our patio and fire pit, and this area got some new low-maintenance seating too! If you’re new here, this is what the view looked like when we moved in – very dark, with tons of trees right up to the deck and a large fenced-in pen for dogs to one side.

We had a bunch of huge pine trees taken down, brought in loam, planted grass and then three summers ago I installed a pea stone patio and built a stone veneered fire pit.

Adding the Adirondack chairs this year was what I had always envisioned for this space and they are perfect here!

A year or two ago I wrote about my search for chairs for this patio and a few of you mentioned that going with a composite material was a total game changer for you, so I took your advice! These chairs are made of a heavy material that is similar to the Trex decking, and won’t warp, rot or need painting through the years! 

At first I thought “composite” Adirondack chairs were the stackable plastic ones you can buy at the hardware store. Those are just fine if you have them by the way, but we were looking for something heavy duty that could withstand the elements for years. These are solid and so comfortable! And it makes my heart beyond happy to see my people hanging out here together!!!

Over the summer this garden of hostas, tiger lillies and seagrass against the house, and the ornamental grasses and spirea I planted around the patio, will all grow tall and fill in, making this area feel a bit more like an outdoor room (in fact I took down the flower boxes that were under those four windows because they eventually get eclipsed by all the plantings in here!). My clematis on the trellis I just built is starting to bounce back from being moved so that will fill up this wall with greenery too.

This fall or next spring we’re planning on having a mature river birch tree or pear/cherry/apple tree that flowers planted in the garden bed around the patio that will grow and give this area some dappled sunlight and shade.

I picked up a couple of these pretty, soft chenille throws this year…..

….and I could not resist this “picnic blanket” too – I’m such a sucker for blue and white stripes!

Blankets, summer cocktails, stacks of wood and s’mores…..what else could we need for an evening by the fire?

Have you ever had Ghirardelli chocolates (little blue packs) in s’mores by the way? I buy the variety pack but next time I have to hide the caramel ones from my kids because they devour them. Those are my favorites!

One last peek of this area when the sun goes down – that’s when the real magic of an outdoor space comes alive! We haven’t put up string lights yet this year but I picked up these cute woven candle holders with glass inserts and put citronella candles in them. They were so pretty as the day’s light faded away! 

I’m obsessed with the woven texture and pretty light they give off, as well as my little hydrangeas that I picked up for only $20 each and put them in pots after reading this post by Jessica at Four Generations One Roof. I’ll plant them in the early fall when the weather cools off and they are done flowering. 

We love our whole outdoor space from the deck to the patio where we will spend a ton of family time this summer and in the years to come. Even though it’s taken years it has been so gratifying to see our visions for this house and yard unfold little by little!

A FEW QUICK TIPS TO MAKE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES AS LOW MAINTENANCE AS POSSIBLE

• ONE • Use building materials that can withstand your climate. In New England, synthetic materials are far more durable than wood for freezing cold winters, ice and snow as well as summer heat that can be into the 90s. 

• TWO • Consider all-weather furniture that doesn’t need annual staining or sealing. Natural teak and other woods are beautiful and classic but how much time or money do you want to put into maintaining them every year? With so many pretty all-weather furniture sets to choose from, you’re not really giving up a lot to go with a composite material.

• THREE • If you’re installing a pea stone patio, I highly recommend at least one but preferably two layers of weed-blocking landscape fabric under the stone! You can read more about the installation of our pea stone, and what I learned from the experts, right here. Who needs to spend their summer picking weeds? Not us!

• FOUR • While there are so many beautiful annual plants out there, choosing perennials that will come back year after year is great investment of both your money and time. This year I’m opting to use hydrangea plants in pots and hopefully next year they will be adding color to my gardens. Choose perennials that work well in your lighting situation (full or partial sun or shade) and then put it in the ground in the early fall while the soil is still relatively warm. Read more about when to plant here.

Many thanks to Raymour & Flanigan
for collaborating with me to share some of their outdoor furniture and help me create a low maintenance outdoor living area that we can enjoy through the seasons! Although I did check out all the outdoor furniture in their showroom, I truly felt comfortable ordering online from the Raymour & Flanigan outlet after seeing the quality of their furniture first hand. For in-stock items Raymour offers free delivery in 3 days or less, 7 days a week, with no assembly required. Everyone at this this company, from the associates in the showrooms to the delivery guys, couldn’t be nicer and more accommodating and I love that with their huge inventory, there are lots of different price points and something for everyone.

These are some of the products we used for our outdoors spaces (and love them so much we went back and bought another piece for the deck!)

Cheers to low maintenance fun in the sun this summer!! If you have any questions about our new furniture or decking let me know, I’m happy to help!

This week is all about reveals!! Hint hint….there’s another one you’ve all been waiting for coming at the end of the week ? 

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Best Outdoor Living Ideas for Every Part of the Country

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No matter whether you live in sunny California, the Deep South or the Northeast, it’s fun to be outside when the weather is nice. If you’ve been dreaming of spending more quality time enjoying nature – or just enjoying your backyard – we put together a list of things you can do to enhance your home’s outdoor living space so you can enjoy every moment.

Keep reading to see our top ideas that will get you started on re-imagining your home’s outdoor spaces.

Outdoor Structures

Create a built-in activity zone to help balance busy work schedules with much-needed family and relaxation time.

Gazebo—add a luxurious outdoor room that provides protection from the elements while you’re cooking, dining, or just relaxing. Locate it near a pool, hide it in the landscaping, or connect it to your deck.

Pergola—this open structure offers a variety of options to provide privacy, create a focal point, or use as a transition point. Pergolas can be freestanding or attached to your home with columns and support beams. Add sheer draperies for shading a luxurious spa, a dining table and chairs for family gatherings, or set up a play area where your child’s sensitive skin can be protected while their imagination runs wild.

Arbor—this decorative landscaping structure can be used to separate outdoor elements or the framework for a garden seat. Add some vines to blend with other greenery or create a unique texture.

All Decked Out

With new maintenance-free building materials available, custom backyard decks are more popular than ever. Large or small, decks can be used to create a relaxing retreat, an enjoyable entertainment venue, a way to utilize your entire property, and even increase your home’s resale value.

Choose from low-cost pressure treated lumber, elegant and durable tropical hardwoods, time-tested cedar or redwood, maintenance-free composites, or Ipe hardwood that’s designed to withstand even the harshest weather conditions and keep it looking great year after year.

The possibilities are endless—layout as a single or multi-level structure; add built-in components like benches, railings, bars, planters, lighting, and cabinets; set up designated areas for cooking, dining, relaxing, or entertaining.

Pave the Way

Ground-level, custom-designed patios are trending across the country for their versatility and durability. Paver stones, flagstone, brick, fieldstone, and textured concrete come in a wide selection of colors and textures to match your unique tastes.

Don’t be afraid to let your inner architect shine by fashioning a multi-level patio that defines the outdoor kitchen from the dining area. Build up a vertical element with coordinating materials—low cobblestone dividers, seats, and planters to start.

Hard surfaces can be warmed up with upholstered patio furniture, a decorative area rug, and brightly colored pillows or umbrellas. Throw in a few potted, flowering plants and you won’t ever want to go inside.

Hot, Hot, Hot

Homeowners living in the northeast rank fire pits and backyard fireplaces among the most-desired features on their home improvement wish lists. It can be an inexpensive portable style or a permanent element in your design that brings people of all ages together during all seasons.

Keep your family safe by building your fire pit into a stone patio or add screening to stop stray sparks from escaping. Then it’s time to break out the marshmallows and get ready for a relaxing evening under the stars.

Now You’re Cooking

Don’t forget to plan a space for your BBQ grill. Fully equipped outdoor kitchens are every aspiring chef’s ultimate dream. Make sure to include zoned areas for food preparation, staging, and cooking.

Extras you might also want to consider to enhance your backyard retreat are:

  • Bar area
  • Refrigerator
  • Rotisserie burner
  • Pizza oven
  • Concrete or granite countertops
  • Drop-in sink with high-neck faucet
  • Dishwasher

Be careful – you may never want to cook inside again!

Nature’s Bounty

You’ve probably spent some time planting and maintaining your front yard landscaping, and while that’s an excellent way to add curb appeal to your home, you shouldn’t ignore the backyard.

Imagine your own backyard oasis with a kaleidoscope of perennials, annuals, flowering shrubs, and water features to enhance your outdoor living space. Fountains, ponds, and water gardens are among the most popular trends for their affordability, accessibility, and environmentally friendly approach.

Don’t worry if you’ve got a small yard or urban property, you can have some fun with nature too. Consider a green roof garden, decorative pots with tall ornamental grasses as a room separator, or a pergola covered in lush vines and hanging planters to offer an intimate sanctuary in your city setting.

Do you love fresh fruits and vegetables but don’t think you have the time or space to grow your own? Think again. Plenty of weekend gardeners are creating blended gardens that include edible and ornamental plants. This unique concept lets you enjoy the convenience of city living while your taste buds savor flavors only nature can provide.

Hide in Plain Sight

Every backyard living space seems to accumulate an endless amount of equipment and accessories that need to be organized and hidden away. A garden or storage shed can provide the perfect home for all that patio furniture, pool toys, landscape equipment, tools, and every other outdoor gadget.

Pre-built sheds come in all sizes, shapes, styles, and price ranges. Look for something that has double doors and a window or two to let in some natural light. If you want something specially designed, you can opt for a custom-built shed that will incorporate every feature you’ll need.

By adding even a few of these outdoor upgrades to your home, you’ll create the perfect destination for family fun and entertaining. You don’t need a giant yard or budget to make your space amazing. You only need a little inspiration and imagination to be on your way to creating the best outdoor retreat ever.

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Creating a Cozy and Comfortable Outdoor Living Room for Summer Nights

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Sponsored Content: A huge thank you to Article for providing me with the furniture for this post. All opinions are my own. Scroll down to the end of this post for a very special giveaway!

The following is the story of how an online furniture shopping spree inspired me to create a cozy outdoor living room in my garden. Now my family and I are spending these long summer evenings curled up in homey comfort while ensconced in nature outdoors.

About Article

The folks at Article started a modern online furniture store so they can bring great designs directly from designers and manufacturers while keeping the customer’s prices low. The lack of brick-and-mortar retail stores saves you money, but there has to be a trust factor in online shopping, and that can be hard with large purchases like furniture. To help with that, I’ll share my experience with Article as a first-time online furniture shopper.

I first scrolled through the outdoor collection looking for something to add to my backyard and found the Ora Beach Sand Basket Chair and Sofa. Love! Article has expanded its outdoor collection, which includes a range of outdoor sofas that look so good you could use them indoors or out. The delivery was scheduled via phone by a local moving company who unpacked and set up all the furniture for me, which is great because the sofa is heavy!

Usually online purchases underwhelm me, but this time it was different. When the furniture arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. I mean, look at those wood legs! And the cushion fabric is both durable and water resistant for outdoor use.

I also ordered two Balla Mushroom Sheepskin pillows from the indoor collection and love how they add warmth and texture to the outdoors. The pillows were larger than I expected them to be and one has curly wool while the other has more straight wool. I didn’t expect them to be different, but as it turns out I like that they look like a coordinating set.

As I unpacked all of my new stuff, the plump cushions of the couch and chair, the luxurious softness of the sheepskin pillows, and the calming neutral tones and variations in texture of all of the pieces made me think of the Danish concept of hygge, which celebrates cozy furnishings and creating a quiet, peaceful oasis within the home.

So I thought, why not make an outdoor hygge retreat? The Article items inspired me to put together a whole outdoor living room with little touches that make everything a little warmer, comfier, and more luxurious so I can really enjoy these long summer nights outside.

As a first-time online furniture shopper, I learned that you will still be surprised by online purchases, but if you shop somewhere you trust, like Article, then it will be a great surprise that can even inspire you in ways you didn’t expect.  Read on to see how I put it all together, and then I have a surprise for you at the end of this post (HINT: I’m giving something away!).

There is nothing better at the end of a long summer day than cozying up in an outdoor lounge to sip a cool drink and enjoy the breezes. As the summer winds down, the evenings can start to become cooler and my new outdoor living room has all the elements of warmth and comfort that speak to summer nights. Read on for five easy ways to inject a little summer hygge into your life this season!

“Hygge,” the Danish concept that roughly translates to “coziness,” is all about adding warmth and comfort to daily life. It’s not a word that gets much play in the summertime, but hygge is just as beneficial during the hot, sunny months as the cold, dark ones.

5 Ways to Add Hygge to Your Summer Nights

Furnish the Outdoors like a Living Room.

Hygge is all about making the home into a space of comfort and happiness, and in the warmest months we have the opportunity to extend that hominess to the outdoors. The weather is dry, the nights are warm, and you’re probably spending a ton of time outdoors anyway, so go ahead and create an outdoor living room! The Ora Sand Basket Chair and Sofa set are sturdy and cushy, almost like indoor furniture. They are the perfect base for my summer hygge sanctuary. Set up your outdoor furniture somewhere with a natural backdrop. I chose to place mine in front of my espalier apple tree which gives me a peaceful view and fresh apples to snack on if the mood strikes.

Get Cozy with Soft Blankets and Plush Pillows.

I love a soft throw blanket and this chunky knit wool is just the thing to snuggle up under.

The Balla Mushroom sheepskin pillows add texture and coziness to the hammock chair. They are so soft and luxurious and add the perfect amount of warmth to a summer night. As you can see, my son is a big fan.

The colorful pillows are made with photographs of flowers from my garden – a pink Masterwort (Astrantia) and a coral double coneflower (Echinacea). I photographed the flowers in a light box with a macro lens to pull out all the details, then I had them printed on a soft linen/cotton blend fabric and sewn into pillows. The pillow form is a puffy down in a size bigger than the pillow to make it really poufy (the pillowcase is 18”x 18” and the pillow form is 20”x 20”). I bring these in at night and when it’s raining, but they are machine washable if they get a bit dirty.

Keep Bugs at Bay.

Mosquito bites are decidedly un-hygge. Protect your outdoor evening oasis from bugs by placing DIY citronella candles around the perimeter. You can see how to make citronella candles here. I originally made these citronella candles in cans back in 2011. They got rusty and I fell in love with the look of the rust. When the original candles were finished, I made new candles in them and they look fab!

Add Ambiance and Warmth with Outdoor Lighting.

The candles also add warm flickering light. Candles, lanterns, and fairy lights are all a big part of hygge as they add a sense of warmth and symbolize a connection to the light within. Lighting up the night is also very practical because it allows you to extend those luxurious summer evenings as late as you like. I love the warm glow of my candles and rechargeable camping lantern.

Use Warm Tones like Terracotta, Copper, and Coral.

I love how cool the Beach Sand color of the Ora chair and sofa are, but I also wanted to balance them with the warm light of summer. Warm colors are relaxing and inviting, so try to add a few accents to an otherwise neutral color scheme. The terracotta pots of succulents are easy maintenance and work with the tone of the pillows.

I also like a metal cup to drink from when I’m outdoors, and these copper mugs have the same rosy + rusty tones as the other accents. Some people believe that drinking from a copper mug also helps to build your immunity. I’m not sure of the truth behind that, but I think that the cups look beautiful and my immunity can use any help it can get as we start moving into fall.

We only get so many long, warm nights every summer, so make the most of it! Get outside, light some candles, snuggle under a blanket, and breathe in the fresh summer air. Let me know your favorite way to hygge in the comments section below.

Giveaway Time!

I’d like to send a little of my garden to you! Leave a comment on this post telling me how you find comfort in the summer months and I’ll randomly choose one of them to receive one of the botanical pillows from my Etsy ShopTo enter, simply leave a comment on this post by August 14, 2018. Be sure you are also signed up for our newsletter to make sure we have your permission to email the winner. You’ll get news and special offers we don’t share anywhere else. This contest is open to residents of the continental US and Canada, except Quebec and where prohibited.

5 ways to hygge in the summer

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Striking modern home in East Hampton expressing indoor-outdoor living

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This striking modern home was designed by Zone 4 Architects in collaboration with builders Design Development, located in the East Hampton hamlet of Wainscott, New York. Boasting 6,000 square feet of indoor living space, there is also an additional 3,000 square feet of integrated indoor/outdoor living — with every detail thought out. DMS Interiors, was responsible for the interior design of this project, with lighting design by Robert Singer & Associates Inc.

This home begun with its humble origins as the modernization of an already existing home found at the edge of East Hampton. The residence then underwent a major transformation “into an all-inclusive statement of contemporary architecture and the embodiment of indoor-outdoor living for summertime living.” Yet, with its warm tones and clean lines, the house brings its owners a livability that is year-round.

Great attention was given to both the lighting and architecture at the exterior living spaces. Linear slot lighting harmonizes with the structured design and manicured landscape. Uplights and downlights are used in conjunction with sculptural and art elements, creating points of interest with intense highlights and shadows. Completely lamped with LED sources, this remodel greatly reduced its energy consumption with custom details that accentuate the updated architectural forms. A fully integrated control system assists with energy savings and ease of use.

What We Love: The project team did a fabulous job of creating a striking modern home that makes full use of its environment. Fully optimizing indoor-outdoor living, this home can be enjoyed by family and guests throughout the summer months. We are especially loving the outdoor living spaces, the swimming pool looks ultra-inviting, with plenty of space for cooking and lounging. We could imagine enjoying a summer vacationing in this outdoor oasis!… Readers, what are your thoughts on the overall design of this home. Would this be your idea of the ultimate dream house? Please tell us in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at another wonderful home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of Zone 4 Architects: Extraordinary modern-rustic home in Aspen by Zone 4 Architects.

Photos: Steve Mundinger

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