Now that summer is here, we hope you can all relax a little more (hooray, no more homeschool!) and enjoy the longer days with your family. Whether you have a deck or outdoor patio, we’ve rounded up some inspiration to help you love your own outdoor space.…
En Vogue with Shayla Copas
Last year, I was raving over the Pantone Color of the Year Greenery, but 2018’s color of the year is special to me. My birthstone is an amethyst and purple has always been dear to my heart! So much, that I designed a custom chandelier in my dining room with amethyst rock crystal. So, when Ultra Violet was announced by the Pantone Institute as the color of the year, I was absolutely elated!
Purple is a color that evokes passion and royalty, it is a strong color and should be used sparingly and strategically. Many trends are best used in layering and accessorizing. Utilizing punches of color and pattern help to keep rooms from looking mundane and frankly, boring. Tonal and monochromatic is passé. The good news is that designers are adding in trending colors in areas of their designs that can evolve as home fashions change. Pillows, accents chairs, and accessories are a great way to incorporate trends without a huge investment and they can be changed out as the home industry progresses…and with little investment. So, with that said, may I introduce you to my new best friend … Miss Ultra Violet….
Hurry up spring! We love the easy-going casual appeal of Sheb and Danny Fisher’s cottage courtyard. They realized they had created the ideal backyard patio after the footprint of a home renovation fell into place. They mixed traditional-style outdoor furniture with colorful accessories for a happy and inviting atmosphere amidst a backdrop of beautiful blooming white hydrangeas. And, to add creative detail to the courtyard, designer Chris Milligan incorporated a freestanding pergola to highlight the sitting area. “Whether we have the fire going or the fan, it is such a great gathering spot,” says Sheb. Read more about this colorful gathering place here and find more outdoor inspiration in the March issue on newsstands or online.
“I love the modern look of this Brown Jordan chair,” says Kelly Fraiser. (“Choose Teak” from Ken Rash’s Arkansas)
Diane Carroll says, “With our Waterfront Homes issue coming out shortly, we’ve had lakes and beaches on the brain. Mrs. Lilien always obliges with lovely visuals, great colors and good ideas.” (“Beachy-Chic” from Mrs. Lilien)
“I grew up on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs and my parents are still there so we visit them a lot,” says Kathy Condrey of this lake-inspired post. “There is just something so relaxing about a sunset barge ride. Definitely one of my very favorite things to do!” (“Life is Good at the Lake” from Providence Ltd. Interior Design)
Laura LaRue, whose precious yellow lab, Gabby, joins us at the office on occasion, says, “I just loved this post! Itâs fun to see so many different types of dogs in so many different types of beautiful homes. I love it when we catch a cute doggie in one of our features.” (“Designers and Their Dogs” from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles)
Lauren Strother’s top choice is turquoise, which she found celebrated in ample amount on the blog, House of Turquoise. (“Daniel Brisset” from House of Turquoise)
“Gingham is sweet/classic/Americana to me,” says Paulette Pearson. “I wouldn’t go to extremes, just use it on a chair or pillow for a hint of pattern or pop of color.” (“Can’t Get Enough Cheerful Gingham” from The City Sage)
We’re hoping many of you had the chance to spend Memorial Day relaxing by the water. And even if you didn’t, we hope you had the chance to daydream about it while reading our current issue, featuring two gorgeous waterfront homes and plenty of summer style ideas. This one is on Greers Ferry Lake. How about those tranquil views? Get the full story here: www.athomearkansas.com
It features a screened porch and an adjacent terrace, both prime locations for summer entertaining. (See more here.)
Above, homeowners Jeff and Melanie Fox’s son, Davis, hangs out with his friends…
…while Melanie and daughter, Madison, prepare dinner in the fully equipped outdoor kitchen.
Tell us, where did you spend YOUR Memorial Day? Any place special?
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We are so excited about the newest addition to our family of guest bloggers! Daniel Keeley, owner of Fayetteville’s DK Design, has purchased a new home and has very interesting plans for it! Daniel will be guiding us through the renovation and decoration of his new home each month, and you’ll be shocked at the “twist” Daniel plans to incorporate into his home’s redesign. Take a look at the home’s “before” photos today, and check back each month to see the progress!
Outside the Box
At my company, DK Design, our motto is “Live Outside the Box.” As the play on words suggests, we not only encourage clients to enjoy living in the spaces outside their homes but also to make those spaces personal, unique and extraordinary. I am constantly encouraging clients to spend as much time and effort creating and decorating their outdoor rooms as they do the rooms inside their home. With the quality and variety of outdoor furnishings on the market today, it really is possible to have exterior spaces that rival indoor rooms for comfort, sophistication and style. Still, it is hard to convince some people to give up that old patio set or adirondack chair. It surprises me how often I see homes that are beautifully decorated with high-quality furnishings on the inside, yet when it comes to the outside, the owners settle for a low-quality (and low-style) set of furniture from the discount outlet. There’s no reason why our outdoor living spaces should not exude the same sense of customized design and personalized style as our indoor decor!
To help prove my assertion that outdoor furnishings are every bit as stylish and sophisticated as indoor furniture, and to play around with how we relate to our indoor and outdoor spaces in general, I decided to use my own house as a sort of laboratory. For the biggest part of my experiment, I actually have to turn my company’s motto a little bit on its head…but, hey, breaking the rules is fun, right? My plan is to decorate the inside of my house exclusively with outdoor furnishings. From sofas and chairs to rugs and drapery, everything will be tough enough to weather the outside elements but elegant enough to welcome inside without hesitation. Since my house will undergo a full remodel, I also plan to incorporate some fun design ideas, to help blur the lines between indoors and out, and to improve the house’s efficiency and make it more eco-friendly.
So, I invite you to join me over the next few months, as my house undergoes its transformation and eventually gets filled with its unconventional contents. My hope is that, along the way, we will all learn a little more about how to Live Outside the Box! …