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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

5 Must-Have Elements for The Perfect Outdoor Space

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For many of us, the pollen is finally clearing, and it’s time to get that outdoor space spiffed up so that we can spend the maximum amount of time outdoors. What makes a great outdoor space? Here are my personal top five:

1. LIFE

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Even the tiniest of spaces needs plants to enliven it. Surely there is room even on the smallest of balconies for at least a potted plant or two. Consider a trellis, hanging pots or boxes that hang over the railings if you’re short on floor space.

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Modernica’s mid-century modern pots with stands are one of the chicest modern ways to add life to your outdoor space.

2. LIGHT

Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin Texas

Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin Texas

Sometimes, the moon is not enough (or it’s a sliver). Enhance your lighting scheme however you can — tiki torches, lanterns, even inexpensive outdoor holiday lights can be just the right way to set the mood.

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I’m also crazy about these pots from Offi, because they double as mood lighting. A compact fluorescent bulb is all it takes for them to light up your outdoor space with magical ambiance. Shop more outdoor lighting options —we’ve got everything from perforated candleholders to outdoor lamps with indoor style.

3. FIRE

Photo by Dave Lauridsen for Dwell

Photo by Dave Lauridsen for Dwell

Yes, lots of people have fancy fire pits and full chimneys start at about tens thousand dollars. But it is easy to bring in a small fire pit that will keep you more than toasty on a cool night and toast a smorgasbord of s’mores to perfection.

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Loll’s Fire Ring Set comes with an array of different colored tops so that it can serve double-duty as a coffee table when it’s not smoldering. But I like charcoal gray because it’s modern and it goes well with fire.

4. DINING FURNITURE
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You cannot very well host that al fresco dinner party you’ve been thinking about without a proper table and chairs. Whether you buy new or set up some sawhorses, an old door for a tabletop and a mix of chairs from indoors, start envisioning your outdoor tablescape.

5. LOUNGING FURNITURE

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By Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture 

While I’d like to think it’s my scintillating personality that keeps my friends coming back to my screened-in porch for wine night, I know it’s really the cushy sofa where everyone can get comfy on big pillows and put their feet up.
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The Blu Dot Jibe Collection is my favorite new outdoor line. It has all the comfort of indoor furniture without getting overwhelmed by overstuffed cushions.

What are your personal top five outdoor elements? Can’t live without the bubble of a fountain or the tunes from Pandora? Let us know in the comments section.

 

 

 

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

On Sale: Coalesse

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It’s the perfect time of year to spend time outside, enjoying the crisp fall air and perhaps enjoying the warmth of an outdoor fireplace or firepit. Next time you’re at the grocery, be sure to scoop up some graham crackers, Hershey bars and marshmallows so you’ll be ready to make some gooey treats.

As we head toward winter, it’s also a great time to scoop up deals on outdoor furniture. Now through October 14th, the unique and sophisticated pieces from Coalesse are 15% off. What I love so much about their lines is that while they can stand up to the elements outside, they also fit right in indoors as well.

Coalesse Emu Heaven Table

For example, the woven metal mesh of the Emu Heaven Table by Jean-Marie Massaud adds gorgeous modern style to a patio, but will also add texture to an eat-in kitchen, works as an occasional table in a living room and can serve as a unique nightstand next to a king-size or California king bed.

The Emu Retrouve High Back Chair has long been a favorite of mine; the first time I saw it in a shop window my heart fluttered. Is it weird that my heart flutters over chairs? I don’t care. Its eclectic wire shape mixes things up and makes it a standout; if everything you have is all straight-lined and modern, you need a few curved elements to create juxtapositions. I nominate Retrouve.

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By the way, it’s not all about outdoor furniture. While Coalesse has a lot of options for furniture that will stand up to the elements, they are also creating pieces that work for home and office and home office. These pieces make working from home feel nothing like working from a cubicle.

Coalesse Bindu Guest Chair

The Bindu Guest Chair,for example, is a chic and comfortable office chair, but also works wonderfully as a dining chair or as and occasional chair anywhere around the home.

Coalesse Denizen Side Tablet

The Denizen Side Tablet can tuck right in next to a sofa or chair and then swing across when you want some couch comfort while working on your laptop. It’s also perfect for a martini and almonds too.

SHOP ALL COALESSE

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Designer Interview: Oxford Garden

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March has come in like a lion but it’s time to start  thinking about outdoor spaces. Go to the garage or shed and dust off that garden furniture, figure out what you need to repair or replace, then check out the fantastic selection from Oxford Garden to fill in the gaps. The Louisville, Kentucky based company offers up styles from traditional classics to contemporary, inspired by a range of precedents from English cottage garden to Scandinavian modern.
Today we’re sitting down with the President of Oxford Garden, Randy Meek, to learn more about the brand and what they have available.

Where did the name Oxford Garden come from?
Oxford Garden began as Oxford Garden Designs and the name developed from the romantic, centuries-old English gardens that nearly always included a finely crafted sitting bench.

How did Oxford Garden come about? What are your goals for the brand?
Oxford Garden began in 1997 as the interest in outdoor living had huge growth in America and the availability of quality outdoor furniture was in short supply.  After establishing itself with high-quality wood benches during its first few years, Oxford Garden methodically expanded furniture collections, offering a wide range of items, styles and materials.
Our products are designed and produced to provide a well-styled unique visual appearance, while maintaining quality materials and workmanship.  Of equal importance is our goal to deliver these quality products at moderate prices.
How would you describe the Oxford Garden style and how does this help freshen up outdoor spaces? What inspired your current collection?
The Oxford Garden style is a refinement of comfort, shapes, simplicity and practicality.  We aim to produce outdoor furniture that is comfortable, applies practical use of materials through simplicity of design and delivers a captivating appearance.
For example, in one of our current collections, Siena Deep Seating, we use straight and simple shapes with just slight emphasis on key areas of the furniture; the subtle lines of the arms and angled legs add interest to an otherwise simple design, creating a striking and graceful piece.
Did you see a hole in the outdoor furniture market? If so, how are you filling it?
We believe we fill the narrow space where good design and practical pricing meet.
Where should homeowners begin when furnishing a patio, deck, balcony or garden?
The key question for homeowners is “What atmosphere do you want to create?” Think of space outside as outdoor rooms and work from there.
For example, some homeowners want a relaxing environment that brings their indoor living room to the outdoors. In this scenario, we would recommend a warm, comfortable conversation set such as our Siena Deep Seating group:
Others may love to entertain and desire a large dining group where they can enjoy parties and family dinners outside and need a versatile dining set such as the Travira or Hampton:
Thanks to Randy for taking the time to introduce us to Oxford Garden today!
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