Nashville is known for having beautiful seasons. Other than those few dog days of summer and bitter freeze spells in the winter, most of the time we can enjoy the outdoors rather nicely. It is no wonder that most homes around town have porches, patios, decks, or some other outdoor entertaining area to enjoy some fresh air. But with outdoor entertaining spaces come outdoor issues - from rain to wind to hot weather, elements such as these can turn your outdoor extension into an outdoor nightmare! For these reasons, we turned to Julie Davis of Julie Davis Interiors to give us some of her ideas and favorite essentials in creating the perfect outdoor space. BACKGROUND: Julie Davis has been in the design business for many years in Nashville. She has helped create beautiful homes in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Nevada. Her work has been featured in Nashville Interiors, Fabulous Kitchens and in several rooms in various Designer Show Houses. Julie’s goal is to give each of her client's home a unique and beautiful design through style, color, and texture. She will help you attain your own personal style and the look you desire for your truly custom home.
...It is Fall, so you can now plan for the perfect outdoor entertaining without the heat and humidity! So get out, grill, have people over and enjoy your outdoor space. I love to create outdoor spaces, they are one of my favorite areas to design for clients. Think of it as an extension of your home. You can almost double your living space of your house if you make the outside spaces like rooms. Here are a few tips when working with outdoor spaces:
...Furniture: There are so many great options now for durable and weatherproof furniture that look great. I love Summer Classics, Parker James and Brown Jordan furniture lines. [caption id="attachment_2694" align="aligncenter" width="524" caption="Brown Jordan - Veranda line"][/caption] Consider the wicker that is now mildew and weather proof. Use variety of textures by blending iron with wicker and some wood pieces.
...Fabrics: It is a must to use outdoor fabrics for both screen porches and total outdoors. Sunbrella is my favorite. There are now hundreds of choices in outdoor fabrics that you can no longer tell from the feel that they are outdoor. I like to use solid colors on the cushions and add color and print in the pillows. This allows you to be able to change the look of the entire area by simply changing the pillows! For example, for a sofa, chair or seat cushion - I would use something like Sunbrella Canvas Heather Beige. [caption id="attachment_2408" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Sunbrella Canvas Heather Beige"][/caption]
...And for the accent pillows, I would use Sunbrella Tango Mink. [caption id="attachment_2409" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Sunbrella Tango Mink"][/caption]
...Lighting : Be sure to use lamp light in outdoor spaces to create ambiance. Nothing helps it feel more like a room than lamp lights! I also like to use recess cans, fans, and chandeliers to create "rooms" outdoors. On the market today are lamps that are made to be completely outdoors! They can get wet and work with no problem. An example of a lamp I like to use outdoors is the Summer Classics "Rustic Woven Black Walnut Lamp." [caption id="attachment_2407" align="aligncenter" width="415" caption="Rustic Woven Black Walnut Lamp"][/caption] And I love this Palisade Ceiling Fan by Fanimation! Rugs: Rugs are also a big help in creating an outdoor retreat. They can warm up the space and create a cozier feeling. There are wonderful options for total weatherproof rugs now that look like indoor rugs, but can take the elements. Two great examples of indoor/outdoor rugs are: The Sunbrella Renaissance Wheat Indoor/Outdoor Rug
...and the Couristan Recife Checkered Field Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug (this one is in Cocoa/Black).
Julie Davis / Julie Davis Interiors
(Images 1,2,4,5,12: Julie Davis Interiors; 3: BrownJordan.com; 6,7,10: Sunbrella.com; 8: SummerClassics.com; 9: Fanimation.com; 11: wayfair.com)
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