Summer is the best season for the excitement of new decorating! This time of year offers the opportunity to expand outdoors with old spaces to reclaim and new rooms to create. Think of all the same building blocks for outdoor settings as would apply indoors… an area rug for definition…. loveseats, chairs, coffee table, console, and accessories to fill up the space. Add an umbrella or sail fabric hanging above to create the “room”, with foliage around to create cozy. Oversized candle lanterns for drama. Outdoor cushions for colour and texture.

You can never go wrong by filling garden beds with ferns. Black mulch to tidy up garden beds. Cedars to soften fences and add instant greenery. All over the city, instant urns can be purchased to add floral details.

Maybe it’s time too, to consider clearing out that wasted space in your garage. It could be far better suited for intimate candle-lit summer dining. Add a screen, and it’s a summer sports man-den. Speaking of which… would not be complete without fully outfitted kitchen to include wine fridge, and barbeque, prep counters, and sink.

Outdoor living is now complete.

Hope you enjoy summertime, as I will.

Mary Helen Thompson
Home Staging and Design Services

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