Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Outdoors…the Deck, and the Design

As we somehow have suddenly jumped into summer, the warmth of it invites, pulls and gravitates us to the outdoors. Interior design certainly does not have to stop with the interior of your home. The surrounding gardens and outdoor living spaces can be designed to compliment the interior spaces. Creating a comfortable extension of usable living space outdoors which is enticing enough so you will want to spend more time outside enjoying the simple pleasures in life. Perhaps with some reading, or entertaining a few friends, sipping home made ice tea  wine, and watching kids play.

I have the opportunity to work with wonderful clients who desire just that type of space. The challenge is to create their odd sized outdoor deck that has an amazing view where they can do all those things in life we wish we found the time to do more often.

The view

The challenge area:

The inspiration:

Jacques Garcia for McGuire Sleek and inviting, this bench entices with a deep seat cushion, gently curved arms and bolster pillows at either end. Long, lean and wide, it is the ultimate in relaxation.

The plan:
deck full final
Good food to be enjoyed here: clip_image002[27]image
Raymond Waites Vintage Garden CollectionElegant custom hand finished aluminum frame with graceful arms with acanthus leaf casting and scroll backs with rosette details.

The details: clip_image002[23]

Underfoot:  clip_image002

And of course, there will be a touch of animal thrown in: clip_image002[25]

The process of finding all the perfect elements for this concept were a bit of a daunting. The options for tasteful, durable, attractive, functional outdoor pieces were hard to find. But with much perseverance, I do believe the end result will turn out to be a stunning, pleasant place to enjoy.  But for that…….you will have to wait till it is all done. Stay tuned :)


What makes an outdoor space livable for you?


  1. Love what you created. I am desperate for an outdoor rug but can't fine one I like (and in my price range).

    I think one needs a great patio set and umbrella for entertaining as well as some lounge chairs for afternoon reading and naps.

  2. I love what you are proposing! With your eye and attention to detail, I am sure it will turn out fabulous!

  3. AnonymousJune 24, 2009

    Laura - you have a gift for creating special places whatever the budget! Thank you, R-

  4. We all know how talented you are....can't wait to see the finshed space!

  5. Looking forward to seeing the finished product - it looks wonderful!


  6. I like the homemade wine part... and love the ideas here. :)

  7. AnonymousJuly 27, 2009

    Laura, loved what you and Gloria did with the J house. It really made a big difference to have the furniture in the best places. It totally redefined the rooms. I know it was hard work, but it must have made everyone feel good to see the difference you made.

    It was really a lovely thing for you and Gloria to donate your time for this good cause. It was a win win!

    Keep your clever blog going. Lots of good ideas.You are fabulous - JB