Seductive Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Theatre Houzz  Traditional Patio

It’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end and fall is around the corner. Philadelphia area residents have the luxury of four seasons which means we should have an outdoor space fit for each season.
(TL) Outdoor Theatre Houzz (TR) Traditional Patio

Trending now is not only creating amazing outdoor spaces but integrating luxury and amenities such as fireplaces, fire pits, built-in grills, outdoor kitchens, tiered spaces, and pergolas, to name a few. These amenities can be so awesome and would be ideal for anyone that enjoys kicking back, relaxing, and enjoying life with the added benefit of increasing the value of your home. Let’s fall in love with fall and each season all over again with these seductive outdoor spaces.

Mediterranean Patio dining space

Mediterranean Patio by Washington Interior Designers & Decorators Sroka Design, Inc.

Friendly warning if you want to do it yourself…

As a designer, I have seen people add pieces one by one and it just doesn’t work and it shows. So… treat your outdoors like you do your indoors – see the full potential. Spaces outside the home have more considerations, for example, seasonal accent lighting, space layout, amenity selection, and a lot more.


Need inspiration or want to see the potential of your space? 


10 Tips for Decorating Your Outdoor Space

Are you looking for some interesting ideas to create a more enjoyable and functional outdoor living area?  Well, here are some simple recommendations that once implemented can make quite a difference in the look and feel of your space.

1.  Create cozy seating areas with comfy deep cushion furniture that look like an extension of your home.  Make sure the fabric is soil and fade-resistant as well as water and stain-repellent.

award winning deck

Photo: Elegant Interior Designs award-winning deck

2.  An outdoor fireplace or firepit adds ambiance and warmth on a cool evening.

3.  Add a water feature to your backyard. Consider a fountain or create a rock-lined stream with multiple waterfalls in your landscaping.

garden pond

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4.  Outdoor rugs are very trendy and help to define and anchor seating areas.


Tips for a Backyard Paradise

It’s summertime, and for many, that means entertaining under the summer sun with swimming pools, barbeques, and good company. If this sounds like you, you may want to consider updating your outdoor décor. There is a good chance that you are lacking some of the pieces of furniture and accessories you need to make outdoor entertaining – and simply relaxing outdoors – the most enjoyable it can be.

The backyard has become the hot spot for entertaining, cooking, and relaxing during these warm weather months. Homeowners are bringing the comfort and luxury of their indoor rooms outside.

You can create a transition from indoors to out by incorporating furniture, lighting, or fabric into your backyard. There’s no reason to put off buying an outdoor sofa or dining table any longer. There are many styles and prices available to fit your budget and to create the outdoor living space you have always wanted.

backyard paradiseQuick Tips:

  • A ceiling structure such as a pergola to the space to make the area more functional
  • New cushions with fabrics that will stand up to the sun, rain, and wine spills
  • Adding ambiance with candles and lawn torches
  • Indulge in a cooking area with a grill, refrigerator, and/or cooktop
  • Enhance your deck with a beautiful outdoor rug
  • A fire pit or outside fireplace
  • Place pedestal urns with flowers around your space

So make a change and bring the style from your indoor rooms outside!

Of course, if you need help, give me a call!

Increase Square Footage, No Construction

It’s possible!

Finally, it’s time to increase the square footage of your home with Outdoor Living.  This time of year is my all-time favorite. As an award-winning outdoor designer, I look for a challenge.

As busy professionals with families and multiple schedules, it can be difficult to make ‘family’ time or ‘entertaining’ time. Imagine if you had a comfortable outdoor space that did not require cleaning your home. That’s right – Outdoor Living. It’s the quick fix to getting together with family and friends for a casual outdoor BBQ or roast marshmallows by the fire.

Let’s talk about how I can help you transform your backyard into an award-winning space!  The trick is getting it all to work together down to the last detail.

Want to get started now? Send us an inquiry via email (photos welcome) or call us directly for a consultation.

  • Tell us about your outdoor dilemma
  • Describe the space: Patio, Deck, Cement Slab, etc.
  • Approximate Square Footage
  • Approximate Budget

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