Outdoor furniture can be use to create a secret garden, tropical paradise or dining and entertainment oasis. By selecting furniture that is both stylish and suited to how out an outdoor space will be used, a backyard can be turned into a dream come true. It seems the sky’s the limit when it comes to the choices available in outdoor furniture and accessories. No matter your choice of style, you’ll find pieces that fit perfectly into your outdoor design plan.
A secret garden can be created around several outdoor benches and outdoor chairs. Some benches even come with a built-in trellis which makes them the perfect garden addition. Choose from concrete, wood, wire, cast aluminum or more modern polyurethane.
For those lucky enough to have a pool, outdoor furniture and potted tropical plants easily give the illusion of a South Seas paradise. Lounges, sofas, loveseats and armchairs can be used in any combination to form one or more seating areas. And an outdoor dining table, together with several outdoor dining chairs placed near the pool offer a place to relax and enjoy a cool drink or a complete meal.
A simple patio can be turned into a dining and entertainment area by going all out with outdoor furniture in addition to an outdoor dining set. For a large group, be sure everyone has a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the party by pulling in extra benches, chairs and tables. Add a festive look with outdoor sconces, chandeliers and other lighting.
Make a strong style statement at your doorstep with simple outdoor lights. A beautiful sconce on each side of the front door can add to the design of your home, welcoming guests and providing a measure of security.
If the exterior of your house has a feel of formality, you might consider a traditional outdoor sconce like the Troubadour Medium Outdoor Wall-Mounted Lantern. With lots of curves in the ribbed glass shade and the intricately detailed metalwork, this light sets itself apart from the pack of more ordinary fixtures. The ebony pearl finish adds another beautiful element to the lantern's great design.
If you like to snuggle up in a comfortable spot with a good book and a warm throw on a cold winter's day, then you'll love one of the many casual chaise lounges from StylePath. Contrary to popular belief, leather chaises are the perfect place to get your relaxation on. Leather may seem a bit cold when you first lounge, but the longer you stay there, the leather warms to your body temperature and will start to feel buttery smooth and warm, Leather cushions with fabric backing allow the leather to breathe and give you that sink right down sensation. The Lancaster Leather Chaise by Restoration Hardware fits the bill with all of the requirements needed to snuggle by yourself or a loved one.
Modern wall sconces are perfect for dressing up a powder or full bath room. A pair placed on either side of a rectangular or oval mirror is a interesting way to show off modern wall sconces. A modern look isn’t always about simplicity, texture and unusual materials add interest and a big impact.
For example, the Geometric Bone Wall Sconce makes great use of a modern grid pattern handmade up light set amongst a traditional tiffany style lamp. The combination of the curvy lamp and the geometric shade design, make it versatile enough to use in a modern, contemporary or traditional setting.
Decorative clocks don't seem to be on the top of many interior decorating wish lists today. It's a shame really because there are lots of great pieces that can add a decorative focal point in most any room. Perhaps we don't think much about clocks because time is at hand continuously--on our televisions, computer screens and cell phones.
In the past wood clocks were just about the only choice. Now, we can find beautiful designs in many materials. Wood is still a favorite, but metals and synthetics are readily available in many shapes and sizes.
The Uttermost Cason Wall Clock in Chestnut Brown is a good example of a wood clock that is large enough at 30" across to become an interesting feature in an entry or dining room. It would look great above a sideboard in the dining room or a long table in the foyer. The Uttermost Cason with its scooped frame design in distressed chestnut brown wood veneer and antiqued gold details is designed by Grace Feyock.
Let's face the facts. Not every house or apartment has soaring ceilings. Low ceilings may present a challenge when it comes to lighting. However, what may at first seem like negative feature could easily be turned into a positive one. Today's modern flush mount ceiling lights offer some gorgeous designs. The Sonata Semi Flushmount by Nulco Lighting, with its crystal globes and nuggets is one of those designs that can transform any room, including one with low ceilings. It's made of 30% fully polished lead crystal. Crystal options include either all clear crystal or clear crystal with colored light peridot STRASSÂ® accents shown here.
Even flush mount ceiling lights, once considered mundane and uninteresting, are available in beautiful updated styles. The Bel Air Modern Flush Mount Light is an example of how far these ugly ducklings have come. It's unique, modern and a bit industrial, but with a twist of unexpected glitter from crystal glass beads.
If you like to entertain and keep family and friends close on a regular basis, you definitely need a comfortable spot to gather for those Sunday evening dinners, brunches with the girls or romantic dinners for two. It’s true many casual dining tables offer a great way to bring everyone together, but one in particular is a dream come true for those with spatial issues or lots of friends and family.
The Modloft Spring Dining Table takes the top spot on our list of glass dining tables for its unbelievable functionality and beauty. From a small four place dinette to a large eight place dining table, the extention feature on the Modloft alone might win you over. Equally, as impressive is its base and trim design from Malaysian Oak in a Wenge finish and frosted checkered glass extension tops. Unexpected guests will never be an issue, the extension mechanism glides smoothly into perfect alignment within seconds, giving you the extra space you need at a moment’s notice.
Susi's post this week is a tribute to "The Great Gatsby" fans everywhere. She combines design elements so prevalent during those rowdy roaring 20s; an art deco chandelier and white leather chaise, glamorous metallic finished end tables and a console table and a Fortuny-inspired mirror. This Jazz age room would inspire anyone to believe in the great American Dream Fitzgerald both idolized and critiqued in his novel.
For many of you, choosing outdoor lighting may not be at the top of your favorites list when it comes to designing the home of your dreams. However, creating a beautiful home design inside and out is all in the details, even the ones that may seem the most insignificant like choosing bulkhead lights.
Bulkhead lights--originally installed on the walls of ships where rugged, weather-proof lighting was required--have been given new life and shiny new opportunities to provide not only much-needed lighting, but beauty to a very different structure, the home.
The Poseidon Bulkhead Light in contemporary bronze is proof, that exterior home lighting can be as gorgeous as it is functional. Use several to light an entry sidewalk or a pair to illuminate either side of the front door.
Poseidon Bulkhead Light
If the Poseidon doesn't quite fit your style or the look you are going for, we have so many more beautiful bulkhead lights to choose from.
You know who you are. You got the punk cut before it was popular, spent long hours playing your air guitar and dreamed about the guy by the record machine. Relive the moment once again by releasing your inner Joan Jett with this powder-coated heavy metal and glass dining table and chairs from Dining Rooms Direct.
Sassy, chic and under a $1000 bucks, the Diva Contemporary Dining Table will be sure to dazzle. Its glass top construction and intersecting beam base and angled chair back design shake it up in all the right places and make this a great choice if you had a glass dining table in mind.
You won’t have to bang your head trying to figure out what to put with your new heavy metal dining set, this Dublin sideboard is perfect! Black glass and stainless steel combine to create a seamless look for your dining space. It might change your tune
just a bit. After all, Dublin is the home of the U2 boys.
This brilliant settee from Wisteria! French provincial never looked so good than dressed up with a little Louis XV grandeur then subdued by Swedish-style linen. The curvy elegance of this settee is situated atop carved cabriole legs made of distressed wood. Two pillows are included for a bit of extra comfort. Use in place of a traditional living room sofa and pair with a couple of French chairs.
Even if you don’t own a manor house in the French countryside, you can pull off the look by pairing this beauty with patinaed metals, woven chair backs and seats and gold-gilded mirrors. If you have dreams of visiting Paris one day, tide yourself over by adding a touch of French style to your home.
Carry the French theme throughout your space with additional living room furniture that compliments your heavenly settee. Here’s our picks for a fabulous room…
Old world style and romantic charm meet modern functionality in this patina-finished amoire. Pictured in Honey Ash by Wynwood.
Add a touch of the unexpected to your living room with this exquisite Paris Flea Golden Teak Eighteen-Light chandelier (if you thought that was a mouth full try saying it in French). This one is to completely die for. So what if the chandelier costs more than your settee…if the $3,600 price tag doesn’t fit your budget take a look at some similar items that might.
Ethan Allen may not be of French descent but he did one heck of a job fooling us with this antique-washed Kashan Rug in muted shades of soft green, khaki and terra-cotta. Get one for your room. Your feet will thank you and think they’ve just walked through a Persian garden. Enjoy the spoils of a perfectly-posh Parisian existence!