One great way to incorporate greenery is with planters.

Sometimes the spring/summer season sneaks up on you, but you can’t neglect the task of beautifying your patio or deck.  One great way to incorporate greenery is with planters.  With such a range of sizes and styles available, you can really say something with planters.

axel medium sutherland furniture

pennoyer newman industrial planter


cubist fiber planter from terrain

When choosing planters, you can find something that provides contrast or select pieces that blend with the architecture, outdoors or indoors.  There is such a variety of textures, colors, and shapes of planters –big pots filled with gorgeous plants make a major statement in a great room or sun room.  Or, you can group smaller planters together on a wall, the stairs, or a console.

great lakes rectangular planter

artisan series planter

riverside sheet metal zinc planter

You can further customize planters with what you fill them with.  The contents of your planters have just as much potential for variety, from flowers and herbs to trees and tall grasses.  When choosing plants, take into consideration their height, texture, and color.  Some plants repel pests while others make pleasant sounds when the wind moves through them.

inverlussa palm box with rivets mckinnon harrisaldo cibic and cristiana urban riviera plant stands

williams sonoma reclaimed redwood planters

How do you decorate with planters?





Swimming Pools

When it comes to swimming pools, I prefer designs that are an integration of the home’s architecture.

When it comes to swimming pools, I prefer designs that are an integration of the home’s architecture.  For me, the pool has to be parallel with the home’s interior — I gravitate toward designs that are very structured.  Infinity pools are hot right now if you have the environment for one.  The landscape around the pool can complement the style of the pool or have a more organic feel.  Here are some examples of gorgeous swimming pools.

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What does your ideal swimming pool look like?




Outdoor Furnishings

As we start my favorite season of the year and total summer bliss begins, remember that the exterior of your home is one of the most important spaces.

Happy summer!  As we start my favorite season of the year and total summer bliss begins, remember that the exterior of your home is one of the most important spaces.  When making outdoor furniture selections, it’s always best to prepare in the winter and early spring months while the chill is still in the air.  We have been installing so many exterior spaces in the past few weeks and the components have been mostly modular. These are great since you can configure the pieces in so many different ways, making the most of your exterior layout.

modern retailers
Patio furniture from Modern Retailers
Muubs Rockefeller Teack Fiber Concrete table
Muubs Rockefeller Teak Fiber Concrete Table
Garden Röshults Broberg Ridderstråle
Garden Röshults Broberg Ridderstråle


This year, I’m seeing a lot of comfortable pieces like daybeds, swings, and rockers in a mix of materials.  So many companies came out with total eye candy – it can be hard to pare down selections when there are so many great choices.  Rockers are big this year, particularly comfortable, modern rocking chairs.

canasta daybed walters wicker
Canasta Daybed from Walters Wicker
west elm huron lounge chair
West Elm Huron Lounge Chair
Walters Wicker Omega Curved Sofa
Omega Curved Sofa from Walters Wicker
SWINGREST Hanging lounger dedon
Swingrest Hanging Lounger, Dedo
mbrace dedon rocking chair
Mbrace Rocking Chair, Dedon
Kettal Outdoor Collection
Kettal Outdoor Collection
hanging lattice chair Patricia Urquiola
Patricia Urquiola Hanging Lattice Chair

I also like in incorporate outdoor lamps to bring an unexpected element and encourage the idea of bringing the inside out.  Heaters are another great addition to an exterior.  They look whimsical but have a purpose and really do a lot to extend the use of your outdoor space.

sutherland furniture outdoor lamps
Outdoor Lamps from Sutherland Furniture
kindle living
Outdoor heaters from Kindle Living

There are so many possibilities with the different lines of outdoor furnishings.  Pieces can be customized with a range of materials, finishes, and fabrics.  How would you design your ideal backyard retreat and a true extension of your home’s interior?