Outdoor Living

March 18, 2010 at 9:45 am | Posted in Travels, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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With temperatures hovering right below 60, Carmel, CA is a wonderful place to visit this time of year.   Seeing months of hard work come alive in an installation is always an amazing sight.  The chance to both visit Carmel and see our hard work realized was an absolute pleasure.  Beautiful blue water, lush greenery, mild temperatures, and a successful design installation made for a memorable trip. 

We couldn’t have done the installation without the help we received from Jon Blades at Close Watch, the property manager.  His services were outstanding before, during, and after the installation. 

It is always an inspiration to work somewhere new and this was no exception.  Seeing the way other people live and the design that this necessitates can leave you with new ideas and thoughts on the design process.  On this particular project in Carmel, the most intriguing aspect was the importance of outdoor living.  This home had just as many outdoor living spaces as interior spaces.  From dining to relaxing, the entire day could be spent outside appreciating the natural beauty of the home’s surroundings. 


The spaces were designed with comfort and socializing in mind.  One can move from dinner at the table to lounging on the chair and ottoman and watching the evening pass.  The outdoor living areas encourage conversation and a slower pace that consequently bring us closer to nature.  After a couple hours enjoying these lovely spaces, one would be surprised at the balance that even just a little time spent in a beautiful outdoor setting can bring to our everyday lives. 

While we may not all live in a gorgeous locale such as Carmel, CA, we can make the most of the space we do have.  Imagine the difference that incorporating an outdoor space into your own home would bring to your daily routine.  You do not have to have a grand veranda or a balcony looking out on to the ocean to enjoy nature. A morning cup of coffee spent on a small outdoor patio could bring a renewed sense of energy to your whole day.  Even if it is only enough room for a small table and chair, use whatever outdoor space that you may have to create a place to appreciate your surroundings. 

Make your outdoor living area well-designed with elements of color and texture that pop against your environment.  There are so many bright and colorful outdoor fabrics available today from companies like Kravet, Schumacher, and Chella.  Use the same design principles that you use inside and layer interesting textural solids with fun, patterned accent pillows to make your outdoor seating just as inviting as your seating indoors.  The outdoor living market is expanding every day, and you can find stunning rugs, draperies, and furniture that will make your space comfortable and attractive.  Great design can be achieved in an outdoor space with a little research and effort. 

Don’t forget that the outdoor table is a wonderful place to experiment with festive color and bold patterns.  Working around a color scheme that complements your outdoor furniture and fabrics, you can find linens, glassware, dishware, and accessories that might not work in your kitchen or dining, but are the perfect mix of wild and tasteful for your outdoor space.  

For more information on our work, visit http://leointeriordesign.com/media/media2/ or call for an appointment to freshen up your exterior spaces.


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