Outdoor Living

In the past 15 years, homeowners have taken a new look at their outdoor spaces. Today’s private backyard spaces frequently feature covered living space, outdoor kitchens fitted with appliances similar to those found indoors, and upholstered furniture reminiscent of a living room. Doug Franklin of Lynn’s Patio Shop says, “The new outdoor room is the wow factor of the house. The customer who previously may have come in to purchase furniture to go around the pool is now looking for furniture to go under the roof of their outdoor room.” In the past an outdoor pool may have been open …

Porch Living

“Most people love the outdoor experience, especially when it is easy and comfortable to enjoy,” says David Buffington of Brentwood Interiors. Covered porches are a favored way to enjoy the outdoor world, he says. Overhead shelter makes an outdoor space easier to maintain. Rain isn’t as much of an issue, and it is easier to furnish such a space with deep cushions, deep colors, electronics, and more. “The popularity of outdoor living has fueled the increased availability of stylish outdoor fabrics and rugs,” says Buffington. “Synthetic fabrics have been used for a long time, but today’s fabrics are softer and …

Ornamental Ironwork

  Ornamental ironwork for the home can range from decorative railings on a home’s exterior to balusters on an interior staircase, and from doors boasting beauty and security to a table or lamp base. From finials atop a roof acting as lightening rods to drapery rods that are custom made, ornamental iron is part of the beauty of area homes and is part of homeowners’ attachment to handmade products. Whether you want to emphasize a house design with vintage Art Deco looks, recreate a New Orleans vibe, or custom designs with personal significance to the homeowner, there are few limits …

Choosing Furnishings for Those Who Move A Lot

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Ask A Designer Choosing Furnishings for Those Who Move A Lot Q. I am married to a naval officer who is stationed in a tropical area. My children and I are with him for the majority of the year in a nice home that we expect to keep for three years.