EXTERIOR FURNITURE ROUND-UP

1. New Hampshire Armchair from OKA 2. Shady Lace Parasol from Conrad Shop 3. Square Copper Cube Coffee Table 4. Turquoise Bar Cart 5. Still Collection from Brown Jordan 6. Ikea KARLSKRONA Items can be purchased through CKID unless noted.

I believe outdoors rooms are as important as indoor ones.  So you'll want to continue your home's design into backyard, patios, and balconys.  Create different zones for eating, lounging and playing just as you would inside to fully enjoy exterior spaces all summer, if not all year long.  Don't miss my selection of garden planters.

NEW EXTERIOR PAINT COMBINATIONS

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Today I thought I would share some of my favorite exterior paint combinations with you.  If you are ready to paint your house, this is a good time to walk through different neighborhoods and take note of the combinations that you like.  Paint Specifications clockwise from top right: front door, trim, walls.

PAINTED CONCRETE FLOORS

I have a poured concrete patio, what color would you recommend painting it? - Vicki, GA

all colors Benjamin Moore

If you have a nondescript concrete patio, paint is a great way to add character and interest without spending much money.  Keep in mind that the paint will wear and age much quicker out in the elements than it would inside, but that is part of the charm.  If you want to DIY this, read here.

I'd stay within colors you find in great quantities in nature, blues, greens, terra cotta.  Saturated colors will work best since they will fade.  Use a color that is complementary to your house & trim paint.

While more laborious, a painted pattern will add character, check these out from Finnish blogger Liivian Talossa on Apartment Therapy.

You can also visit these diys:

USEFUL TIPS FOR SMALL OUTDOOR SPACE

"I have a small outside space.  What can I do?" - Ashley 

#1: Identify your priorities.  Do you like to entertain and how many?  Do you want a space to escape with a book or coffee and the newspaper in the morning?  Are you interested in growing your own food? Perhaps you just want a low-maintenance area that won't get used much.  List how you want to use your space to get started.  If you have multiple priorities, you may have to identify just one or scale back on entertaining 6 to 4 to have room for that herb garden.
#2: Consider the logistics.  Before you buy anything make sure that you have room for the table you are looking at - with chairs (and people in them).  Or that your garden will drain properly and gets enough sun.  If you have to climb five sets of stairs with all your dinner party are you going to do it?
#3: Go for it!  Start your dream space, no matter how small.  Think of rugs, lighting and accessories to make the space special.