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Remodeling a house into your dream home is an elaborate project. There are a number of things to consider before you jump in, which includes the budget, aesthetics, time, and energy. Mind you, the possibility of a large closet is impractical for a small home. Hiring professionals and getting them to carry out instructions as you like is no mean feat. A tip for more productive results could be by tackling them into segments to keep things manageable. Let’s start with the outside so your house can make a solid impact.

Begin at the beginning; make a list of all the things you do not like or those that need to be redone. For example, does the scorching sun, shine right over your pool, blinding the swimmers on hot days? Maybe you would like to enjoy a cold summer beverage in your front yard, with a book in hand. Well, retractable folding arm awnings can do just the trick. It can not only provide shade but also repurpose your space into a sitting area. If your home is one of those classical structures that do not need much to make them shine, awnings will be a favorable addition to your house.

Plants

If you are not an avid gardener, choose plants that are easy to care for. Do you have shrubs lining the front of your home? If yes, small shrubs like boxwood can be given rounded shapes for some symmetry. Leafy plants like long-leaved ferns can stand sentries next to your door, while the pathway that leads to it can be covered in cobblestones with large tiles placed apart for ease of walking.

Perhaps you have a space large enough to accommodate dining when the weather and mood call for it. In such a case, stay away from plants that attract pollinating insects. They can be planted away from the dining area close to your garden’s (or yard’s) wall. Consider the general wind direction and get your gardener to grow scented flowering plants in the enclosed space close to your entryway so that it gives out fragrance to anyone who enters. Evergreen plants or variegated ones add color to your yard and gives it an inviting vibe. Install a swinging bench nearby, a pool or a pond, and your barbecue nights will be the best. 

Outdoor Furniture

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Since we are outdoors, the furniture you select will have to be sturdy enough to bear the weather conditions. Comfortable yet practical, something that is easy to wash. In sunny areas, the seats and cushions can get very hot. If you have a pavilion big enough to be turned into a dining area, you can get elegant chairs and set them up in a symmetrical fashion for a classic look.

A great idea to beautify your space is to paint the floors. Vibrant colors can transport any outdoor space. You can use a bright table cloth or painted chairs to set up the lounge area on your deck. Bring out the cushions and some wine – it’s the perfect setting to enjoy a good book. If you wish to give your backyard sitting space a friendly view, start by gathering bamboo or wicker furniture with a table that can double as a tea trolley. Collect other rustic items or collectibles from around the house, and you have space where you can enjoy some great conversations over tea and scones.

Can you recycle?

Depending on the amount of cash you are willing to part with, you can install old or recycled slabs of granite to act as a low bench. Use an old tire to fashion into a swing. Put some paint on it and add a cushion for a comfortable seat. Upcycled crates can be turned into a side table that can hold wine or books. String lights and leftover buntings are also great options for your outdoor space.

Lighting

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Do you recall the old-fashioned gas lamps from movies depicting ancient English alleyways? Antique lamps still look quite warm, be they floor ones like the ones depicted in the first garden or those that hangover from a post. Lighted pathways and bright cooking areas add character to your visual space. Lanterns along the garden path evoke interest in the landscape. You can have a dense shrubbery with tall and leafy borders. But with lanterns installed, you will never have to worry about having enough light or people hesitating to pass through at night.

Invite the sun into your outdoor living area. You can install a roof of corrugated plastic that will allow the sun in, and yet provide enough shade to allow for lounging and dining. A rooftop deck can be fashioned into an outdoor sitting area too. All it needs is some metal fencing and simple furniture. It would work on cloudy days when the sun isn’t too bright and at night with electric light fixtures. This design is best carried out if the surrounding area has tall trees of ample foliage to give some privacy.

Add a television

Adding a television may seem strange at first if you have never seen it set up outdoors, but if done the right way, it is the only thing missing from a great outdoor experience. With cushioned seating arrangements and a cozy fireplace, a perfect post-dinner activity may consist of coffee with a movie playing on the screen. The tv can be set up in an enclosed space to protect it from the weather or on to your brick wall. You can even take your screen to an open deck with an awning or a roof. This arrangement can get your sports matches sorted while lounging on deck chairs and enjoying the weather.

Do you see how all bars have a television overhead? You can fashion your outdoor space into a makeshift bar too. Imagine a long marble countertop running at one end of covered outdoor space with a large oven cum grill at one corner, complete with wooden chairs and a television overhead.

The Final Word

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When it comes to designing outdoor spaces, there are endless options to choose from. You must first consider what you want out of your project – is it a space that looks gloomy, something missing that you wish to add, or make your dream house? In any case, do your homework before you go all out, tearing the walls apart. The best makeovers are making the existing features shine: the boulders in your backyard, the lush trees that can be seen beyond your bedroom window, the pathway in your garden, or old furniture that hasn’t been used in years. It is a smart idea to put them into use.

You’ve probably already noticed that numerous fashion and design styles we thought were long gone are making a huge comeback. One of these styles is undoubtedly the retro style. While in the previous years, everyone was looking to reduce their interiors to a bare minimum, embracing styles like minimalism, nowadays we can see more personality and fun being brought indoors with designs such as this one.

The retro style is probably one of the favorite styles from the past as it allows us to create stimulating living environments that both look stylish and cozy. That’s probably why it’s safe to say that this design style is certainly the one that’s here to stay. That being said, let’s see how you can retro up your abode and turn it into a stylish oasis everyone will be jealous of.

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Go for the colours and make them bright

Colours, especially bright ones, play a huge role in retro design. Some of the staples include the avocado green, mustard yellow, burnt orange and a lovely deep teal shade. Of course, browns and reds also play a significant role in the retro colour scheme. Blacks and whites are usually used minimally, only to enhance or accentuate the other shades. Pinks and purples are somewhat rare in retro design but when used, they are usually in dusty pink and royal purple tones. Therefore, the easiest way to create a retro vibe in your interior is by opening your door – and heart – to these beautiful retro shades

Go abstract with furniture and art

The furniture and art pieces that are the most typical in retro design style are usually anything but conventional. Abstract wall art and unique furniture pieces are usually where it’s at. That’s why you should go for pieces, such as a round, hanging, plastic chair or lush, roomy velvet sofa. Furthermore, think clean lines and simple design when talking about wooden furniture to avoid making your space come off as too busy. Finally, make sure that the art pieces you’ve chosen for your space don’t clash with the rest of your design.

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Make your personality shine with unusual décor

Unusual décor pieces are the things that will easily help you create a cozy atmosphere in your abode without necessarily trying too hard. The best part is that you can easily use these décor pieces to express your personal taste. Furthermore, if you’re lucky you will be able to find pieces that are not solely intended as décor but that also have a clear purpose. For instance, retro lamps represent the perfect combination of décor and purpose.

Fabrics and textures

Textures, textures everywhere

Textures also play a huge role in the retro design style. Some may even say that certain retro designs even go over the top with this design element. However, the fact is that you can never have too many textures in a retro-inspired space. Various fabrics, such as velvet – especially crushed velvet, satin and corduroy are just some of this design’s favorites. Aside from these, metal, plastic and wood also make for favorite choices, especially when furniture is concerned. Finally, you simply can’t have a retro-looking space without a shag rug, so don’t forget to include this design favorite as well.

Tie everything in

Finally, the easiest way to tie the entire design together is – as we already mentioned – with the use of some amazing shag rugs. You can either go with a single, oversized shag rug to serve as the base of the entire room or you can opt for a more layered vibe. Here, you can choose to layer a couple of smaller shag rugs on top of a durable rug with some interesting geometric shapes. When looking for geometric rugs, think in terms of the iconic hexagon design rug from “The Shining” – both the colours and the style of this rug simply scream retro!

 

So, if you want to welcome just a bit more interest and playfulness into your interior design, make sure you check out some of the retro design staples. Undoubtedly, you will fall in love with the design as many of us certainly did.

If you want to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen, consider refinishing your cabinets. Cabinet refinishing, or cabinet painting, is when you keep all the components of your existing cabinets but simply change the finish or colour of them. There are a few different options for a kitchen cabinet upgrade. Here are some tips to help you along the process and bring professional results.

Be patient and schedule the time

This job will take time and might not turn out as good if you rush things. Removing, preparing, cleaning, sanding, painting or refinishing your cabinet doors and drawer fronts will seem like a tedious task, but the results will be worth it. The best way to go about this project is to hire a painting company that offers cabinet painting in Edmonton, but if you’re handy with a brush, you could do this job yourself. Be patient and plan to spend two full weekends on this kitchen renovation project.

Label your cabinet doors and drawer fronts with tape 

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As you take down the doors and drawer fronts, label them with tape so you know which door goes with which opening after the finishing is complete. Although the doors might appear to be the same shape and size, they could have slight variances. Put a piece of painter’s tape on each cabinet opening and door front with corresponding letters or numbers. You’ll have to remove the painter’s tape when spraying or painting the door fronts but be sure to put it back on once they’re dry for reinstallation.

Some varnish can stay

Typically, you want to remove the old finish of your cabinets before you paint them. Check with a local building supply store for a stain blocking primer and it could save you the hassle of sanding off the all varnish. Quality stain blocking primers can stick to almost anything. If the primer you bought isn’t adhering to your cabinets, then you’ll have to give it a light sanding to rough the surface and allow it to bond.

Don’t cheap out on brushes and rollers 

If you’re not going to spray your cabinets, invest in high-quality paint brushes and rollers. Otherwise, you’ll end up with bristles or bits of roller lint in your finished paint job. This will cause frustration and more time to the project as you’ll have to remove the debris or even redo the job. This easy tip will help you to really make a difference and finish this project successfully.

Consider gloss paint 

Many people choose a glossy paint for kitchen or bathroom cabinet painting. This is because it is more resistant to moisture, dirt and random spills compared to paints with a matte finish. This will make your cabinets easier to wipe down and clean.

Reclaimed wood is one of the biggest interior design trends in the latest couple of years. The worn layers, warm tones and rich textures bring a pleasant rustic aesthetic to any design style. Besides, the trend goes hand in hand with the recent obsession of preserving the planet by “going green”. The environmental benefits of using reclaimed wood are enormous because there is no need to cut down new trees for decorating purposes. Furthermore, reclaimed timber changes the way we design our homes. If you too are amongst the many that are infected by the reclaiming bug, here are some things you should know about reclaimed wood, before you chose (not) to use it.

It’s Not the Same as Recycled

Many people tend to get confused about the terms recycled and reclaimed. Although their purpose is definitely the same – preserving the environment, they are by no means equal. While recycled wood is reprocessed to create entirely new pieces, reclaimed is simply reused. This means that it is basically used in its original state, e.g. flooring from an old dockyard re-laid in a modern apartment.
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Salvaged Wood Saves Our Forests

Did you know that forests cover about 30% of the Earth’s land area? However, if deforestation continues at the current rate all of the world’s rain forests will completely vanish in a hundred years time. Logging businesses that make wood products are to blame for cutting countless trees each year. So, that brand new wood flooring you’re looking at is the reason why so many species are losing their habitat. Reclaimed wood saves our forests by simple math: if you use wood that is already been cut, there will be no need to cut new trees to create completely new flooring.

Reclaimed Planks Are Wider

Eco-friendly benefits aside, there is a lot of aesthetic perks in using reclaimed wood. When comparing modern floors with old flooring in Victorian and Edwardian homes, you will notice that the latter include much wider planks. That is because trees back then were allowed to grow to their full size before they were cut down.
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Furniture Looks Better

Reclaimed wood is not used only for flooring and wall covering. It can look just as beautiful when used for furniture. The material adds history, character and beauty to every furniture piece making it a unique statement in your home design. A dining table made of reclaimed timber will enrich your dining room with warmth and make it more inviting, while barn-wood stools, benches and shelving will spread this feeling throughout the house.
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It Can Be Used Everywhere

There is no room in your house and no piece of furniture or accessory item where reclaimed wood can’t find its place. Imagine a headboard in your bedroom that evokes the rustic feel of a woodland cabin. Use it in your entryway to create a welcoming shelf for shoes, umbrellas and other personal items. Introduce old-world charm into your kitchen with a wooden pot rack, or treat your bathroom with farmhouse vanity.

More Strength and Durability

Finally, to sooth one of the biggest doubts people have about reclaimed wood – no, it doesn’t age and wear out quickly. On the contrary, this wood has already stood the test of time, by being exposed to hot and cold for years, so it is already done all the expanding and contracting it was ever going to do. Furthermore, the grain in salvaged wood is usually much denser than the one in new wood, so it is less likely to warp.

After reading all this, there is only one more thing to consider – reclaimed wood may require more legwork than simply stopping at the home center and purchasing it. Before you decide to buy, you should make sure that the wood you choose is properly treated, which includes cleaning, removing nails and kiln-drying.

This article is contribution by Keith Gregory. Keith is an amateur design and decorating aficionado — he blogs about interior design, home improvement, and real estate matters at DeveloperCube.com

We all love Scandinavian design for its simplicity – clean, neat lines, no clutter. If you scroll through images of Scandinavian décor, you’ll come away with a sense of calm. Then reality sets in and you remember that you don’t live in a clutter-free, Nordic den with perfect lighting. Instead of firing your friends and family and hiring a design set manager for your living room, learn the art of functional decorating. Your most commonly used belongings can become your décor and you’ll find it easier to keep clutter from taking over!

Living Room

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You can always use Scandinavian furniture brands as a true inspiration when it comes to living room options to fit your Nordic styling. For example, by choosing a sectional instead of recliners and chairs, you can get the most out of the space in your living room. You’ll get plenty of seating without the extra visual clutter.

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Most ottomans that pair with sectionals have additional storage hidden inside. This creates the perfect storage for the belongings, such as blankets and toys that you want nearby but without the clutter. For example, a modern stressless oval ottoman that converts from a storage unit and footrest to a coffee table can prove to be a great investment, since it can alternate between providing an extra storage, extra seating, and serving as a coffee table.

Home Office

The home office doesn’t need to be cluttered with additional decorative pieces. Keep the things you use most often in plain sight and easy-to-reach. If you spend a lot of time in your home office, an ergonomically designed office chair is essential.

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Don’t have an extra room for an office? Designate space in your living room to become the central processing zone in your home. Sound a little dry? It doesn’t have to be. Choose a wall where you can place a small table and put up a few wall organizers and a bulletin board. Having an organization system in place will be pleasing to the eye and keep paperwork from traveling all over your home.

The Bedroom

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If you love Nordic design, you’re probably the type of person who needs cleanliness and simplicity to relax. The key to keeping your bedroom in optimal condition is having proper storage. What clutters your room? Extra blankets? Clothes? Shoes? All the things you drop when you come home at the end of the day? Select furnishings that provide extra storage for the things that clutter up your room or simply change up your organization system and habits. Keeping things minimalistic and fuss-free are some of the key points when it comes to Nordic trends.

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An ottoman at the foot of the bed is a beautiful embellishment as well as a storage zone. Store extra blankets, shoes, or seasonal clothes where you can reach them as needed. If you don’t have under bed storage drawers, you can always repurpose some of your old suitcases and even decorative boxes.

You can easily find tons of inspiration from looking to our friends in the Scandinavia — steal their simple, minimalist yet elegant styling when you’re looking for a new design or look for your home or apartment.

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Owning wood furniture means that you have to dedicate some time and effort to keep it clean and well-maintained. But, wood is used so that your furniture pieces can last for generations to come, if you make sure to get the dirt off and wax it regularly to keep the structure intact.

Keep Dusting Simple and Easy

Unless you dust your furniture every week, it will become harder to get it off afterwards, because the buildup can scratch your surface and some airborne particles can cause permanent damage as well. Though, depending on your furniture you need to choose the right dusting tool so that you do not cause any damage yourself.

Wood does not age well

After time your furniture will get worn out, and if you do not apply the right type of wax or oil, you will soon notice dulls and cracking. But, thankfully, it is not a hard thing to do on your own, and all you must look into is getting the right brand for the wood in your furniture. Moreover, if you want to update the color, you can get special mixtures to help revive it. Though, color change is inevitable, and you should leave it alone for some time to see if it is going to affect it or not.

Keep Away From All-purpose Cleaners

When it is time to clean wood pieces, try to avoid using all-purpose cleaners because they can contain chemicals which might cause damage. On the other hand, you need to stay away from water as much as possible, as it can really ruin the wood in your furniture. Though, if you run into a tough spot, make sure to use only a little bit and to dab it gently, so that you apply as little pressure as possible. Afterwards, make sure to dry it immediately with a soft clean cloth so that you do not leave any spots behind.

Fixing Up Minor Damages

It will be inevitable that your furniture suffers some scratches, but, it does not mean that you cannot fix some of the damages. Either using paste wax or a specified pen, you can correct minor visible scratches. But, if it is a deeper one, going well into the wood, you will have to use some kind of wood filler that will make the deep cut disappear. The secret to making most of the scratches vanish without much effort is to apply the fixing solution in layers rather that in one go.

Make Sure To Keep Furniture Away From Direct Sunlight

It is best to use some kind of curtains in your home that will block out most of the harmful rays of the Sun, because sunlight can potentially fade out the color of your furniture. Furthermore, if you leave any kind of accessories on your furniture, you will notice dark spots left behind after a long hot day. In order to avoid something like that happening, use cover cloths as well, because that way you will ensure a long life for your wood furniture.

Taking care of your furniture can be an easy task once you come up with a routine that will be simple to follow, however you have to stay consistent and you will have to make sure to pay attention to the small details. On the other hand, reacting quickly to any kind of damage done to your wood pieces can be evened out, but only if you stay vigilant with proper maintenance. Keep in mind that good care of your furniture will make it last longer.

Yes, the world of books is constantly changing. And, just like it is the case with their content, there will always be various new settings and innovative outlooks, different e-books formats, additions and even multimedia included, probably 3D or even more advanced. However, just as classics are still sought, read and cherished shoulder to shoulder with the most modern genres, printed books will always have their place in our homes. Now, about that place, why not make it more than a bookshelf and have a truly decorative furniture item? Here is how to.

The setting

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
One clear advantage of keeping to printed books is the very setting you will be reading in. Designing a perfect reading nook simply requires having paper books on shelves all around you, the smell, the feel under your fingers all the dimension, the kickstarters to a different world you cannot get elsewhere when it comes to reading experience. It is hard to imagine a warm and cozy place where the central action is happening either on your tablet or Kindle, let alone laptop or desktop, missing those extra sensory dimensions. The effect the screens have on your health should not be overlooked too.

Shelf material

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
Two materials, wood and metal, allow the highest level of customization and are easily obtainable so they should be the top choice. Traditional literature lovers usually opt for wooden and modern theme lovers for metal ones. However, making a brick one is another interesting and unique looking solution that meets both worlds, especially in spacious houses, as you will see in the following paragraphs.

Floor to ceiling bookshelf

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
This type is great for all those keen readers that have a lot of books and very little space to keep them in. They are usually placed on in front of a mirror less wall. Why not try something different. Build it in a way that it can fit in an open window and place it on the wall that has one. This will prove to be a must have feature for any lover of romantic literature. Just imagine picking or folding your favorite titles with your partner next to you during a beautiful sunset or moonlight night being portrayed in the window.

Built in shelf

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
This is where bricked ones have their spot. Unless a load bearing wall is in question, you could turn any room separating wall into a unique looking built in bookshelf. Giving it a rustic appearance by leaving one side unfinished revealing the brick surface will certainly build an adventurous, old days atmosphere. If you are a fan of knight stories this would be a perfect setting for your reading room. Candle holders and parts of armor are something you simply need to add to complete the medieval mood.

A touch of hanging liveliness

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
Even the most classic of the bunch, the wall hanging bookshelves can be decorative. Go beyond the traditional wood grain appearance and color them up. Do not pull any brakes, make them as vivid as possible and fire up the atmosphere in the room. You will not believe the change even a single one bookshelf done in this manner will make. Add some climbing plants to make them intriguing, a kind of futuristic dreamland looking, a perfect home for your SF collection.

Remember, treat your bookshelf in the manner of your favorite read to spread the spirit to your reading spot as well. And hold on to the multidimensional world of printed edition for the best experience.

Much as we want to keep up with the changing times, it is undeniable that antique furniture still dominates with regard to quality and durability. As the furniture market continues to expand, a lot of counterfeit and substandard fittings have continued to emerge, most of which are only designed to generate profits. Purchasing such furnishings for your home or office is highly detrimental as they will break within a very short period and force you to spend more money on repair and replacements. It is for this reason that many people have now gone back to the traditional English furniture.

Antique furniture for your house

Perhaps you too should consider purchasing this antique furniture for your house. There are countless benefits of using conventional fittings as opposed to the modern ones. For starters, conventional furnishings are created with high-quality materials that have been tested and tried. Therefore, you are assured of quality, which is the most important thing to look for when buying furniture. Most of these fittings are made from hard wood, freshly cut from indigenous trees. This type of wood is hard enough to resist breakage and other kind of damages such as pests. Your traditional furniture will still retain its original value over a long period of time.

There is something unique about the traditional English interior designs. They make a house look expensive and elegant. Top it up with a set of antique furniture and you will have a jaw dropping interior style that will help you make the right statement. Antique fittings are designed in unique styles that represent quality, strength, and resistance. So, if you are looking for unique ideas to give your house a facelift, these furnishings are a nice option. They not only improve your home’s appearance, but also add value to it.

Modern furniture is created using unreliable technologies that are sometimes less effective. Antique furniture on the other hand uses traditional methods coupled with contemporary technologies to bring out the best results. It is joyous to own vintage fittings as the amount of hard work that goes into designing them is clearly visible in every angle. Apart from being manufactured from quality wood such as mahogany, these traditional furnishings also be appreciated by the sight of unique craftsmanship and their almost tactile appearance. These furnishings are also popular because of their practicality and historical significance. A good example of antique bedroom furniture is the one that existed in Regency, Edwardian, and Georgian periods.

We all need a place where we can relax and unwind. Some do it with the comfort of a book wrapped in a blanket in their favorite sofa. Others love nature and want to relax outside. If you have a big yard, you can remodel it to this particular need. A place where you can watch the stars in the evening while drinking a big glass of wine.

The deck

You are will have to hire a contractor for this. You want it to be flawless and you are not the best person for the job, unless you are a DIY nut. Anyway, you need to research what kind of wood would you like for your deck. The best choice is to use composite lumber. This composite is a mixture of timber fibre, plastic and an agent that bonds the material. It is the most eco-friendly option available on the market if you want to keep that timber look but you also want to think of the environment. Next, you need to decide on the finish. The available methods of treating wooden decking are painting and staining.

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Furniture

When searching for the best piece of furniture on the market, be sure to make the durability of the material the paramount in your choice. The outdoor furniture is susceptible to weather and its condition can deteriorate over time. You need to familiarize yourself with the materials and how they are maintained. If you are into trends, then be sure to check out what is new and stylish for 2015. Timber furniture is the best option since it is cheaper than metal and looks better then plastic furniture. Additionally, when it gets cold outside, it is still more comfortable to sit in than metal furniture. For a more rustic style, you can buy wicker furniture. It is cozy, light and versatile. You can move it indoors and use it as living room furniture.

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Décor

In order to add elegance and taste to the overall impression of your outdoor space, some decorations would be in order. Start with lighting. If you prefer not to have the space illuminated, opt for fire pits. Nowadays, fire pits can be bought in any store that specializes in outdoor furniture. They provide that unique lighting and warmth only fire can deliver. If you plan on reading outside when the weather is nice you will need a proper lighting. Outdoor ceiling lighting is a nice touch and it goes well with classically stylized wall lighting. One of the freshest trends is putting a rug and curtains on your patio. It adds the feeling of being in a living room. When you decide to add a carpet and curtains, remember to remove them when the weather conditions worsen.

For party animals

If your outdoor nook is meant to be a place where you and your friends gather to unwind together or just hang out, consider adding an outdoor kitchen. When you choose from the wide range of grills, think about everything each one has to offer. Gas grills are fast but they do not give you the authentic charcoal taste. Charcoal grills are for hardcore barbecue fans. However, the best choice is a portable grill as you can always switch it up and even cook inside. No matter which one you choose, you will be immensely satisfied with how your nook looks like since it is tailored according to your wishes and your wishes alone.