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Outdoor


decorating trends


This season is all about bringing the comfort of the indoors outside.


By Tania Moffat


Create a new room outside. C


omfy and chic sitting areas adorned with bright, fun coloured accent rugs and pillows, lavish lanterns and soft outdoor lighting are what you can expect


to trend this summer. The “outdoor room” is no secret for avid gardeners who love the outdoors and we’ll be able to find all the accessories we long for in stores. Fire pits and outdoor gas hearths are all the rage. They


add charm and allow homeowners to enjoy the season late into the evenings and long into the cooler fall months. Set up a conversation area nearby with comfortable seats and accessorize it with accent rugs or carpet. Outdoor furni- ture trends for 2015 lean towards metal and weathered wood pieces with brightly coloured, all-weather materials and cushions! It’s all about colour − turquoise, yellow, large florals and stripes are all in fashion. Add a coloured canvas awning, drape blowsy material from a pergola or add fairy lights to surrounding trees to enhance that magi- cal outdoor feeling. This summer outdoor decor is taking a step beyond the


basic. Accents are a must have. Moss topiaries, whimsical barn wood accents, and rustic metals are making a come- back. Chandeliers, outdoor mirrors, lanterns, candles, terrariums and tons of planters will make any outdoor room the ideal spot to get cosy or entertain friends.


12 • Spring 2015


Make the outdoors your entertaining headquarters this summer.


Outdoor gas hearths extend the season. (Pegasus photo.) localgardener.net


All photos unless otherwise noted are by Chris Brown, courtesy of Proven Winners.


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