For the Perfect Patio Picnic

With summer slowly rolling in and people slowly being able to gather again, make sure you have the perfect space to reunite! A beautiful outdoor patio is a perfect spot to catch up with friends in a safe way. We recently went on Fox35 Good Day Orlando to share some trendy tips on just how to do this.

Catch the full segment here:

Click to watch the segment!

 

Our main takeaways:

  1. Bring color in! We created the perfect centerpiece by picking up citrus fruits, cutting them in half, then placing them near some palms. Open spaces are the perfect opportunity to play with bold colors, so don’t shy away here! Our favorite ones together are jewel tones; you can incorporate these in on a budget with just some new pillows, plate mats, or an outdoor area rug!

    A beautiful flat lay of our tablescape taken by the talented Ariel (IG: @arielpcox)

     

  2. Level up your lighting! Florida gets so hot in the summer, make sure you don’t forget to give your patio some space. Solar-powered lighting strips create the perfect amount for those evening dinner parties. They charge all day, so you can save on the energy bill, too. To avoid the bugs, be sure to light some citronella candles that will add ambiance while being practical!

    Lighting can make or break an area!

     

  3. Focus on being eco-friendly! So far, the fruits can be composted and the lights are solar-powered. Gather scraps of multiple fabrics from your inventory or from a local fabric shop to have as reusable napkins! This reduces the amount of work you have to do in the future to set up. Pair nicely with coordinated tassels on wine glasses.

    Clever hosting detail and setup

     

  4. Pull all this together with the perfect cold drink and some good friends. We hope you have a great time!

    The Summer Melon Cooler, perfect refresher for your dinner party

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Incorporating Color in a World of Neutrals

A neutral design palette seems like a trend that’s here to stay. While using all neutrals can create a serene and sophisticated space, it can leave you wanting something that you just can’t put your finger on. (Hint Hint: it’s color!) We advise our clients not to envy those picture-perfect living spaces you see on Pinterest. This isn’t sustainable for families with messy kids and small budgets. That being said, having a clean background to design can be fun. Here are some of our favorite ways to keep a space neutral with added hints of personality.

In the Kitchen

The kitchen craze today is all white, very sleek, very clean. While this may be easy to admire, it is not easy to maintain and start to bore homeowners. We always work with clients who want a modern, white look, but also need to feel at home. An easy way to add color to a kitchen space is on the island. Below eye level, two-tone cabinets are enough out of the way to be bothersome, but effective when adding interest to a modern kitchen. Additionally, most kitchens have an island area for casual seating and this can be a great opportunity to add color. Whether the stools are upholstered or colored metal ones like below, incorporating a common color similar to the rest of the house can really tie a home design together without leaving the kitchen out.

 

In the Living Room

Similar to the kitchen stools, accent chairs are a great way to incorporate a bold color into the living room to liven it up. These rich navy armchairs with acrylic feet are modern enough while also inviting to sit down in. If the entire chair seems to be too much for you, we often customize upholstered seating to have two coordinating patterns on the inside section then another on the backside. This is especially helpful if you would want a detailed look from a specific viewpoint. Even less of a risk, add colorful pillows and a rug that incorporates a color to avoid designing a bland space.

 

In the Dining Room

Incorporating color into a dining room can be tricky; there are not a lot of ways to do it without breaking a modern, sleek feel. In this home, we did it in the wall art. This is the safest route to go for people, for it is easily changeable. To create a unique space, the paired wall hangings add variety while still matching the color scheme. It is important to add variety to space and in this case, it was done in a unified way. The colored corals in geometric frames easily enhance the mood of the area while sticking to the modern coastal design.

 

In the Bathroom

A bathroom is a place for serenity and calm, so, people tend to steer clear of bold colors when designing it. Naturally, neutrals thrive in this. A quick pop of color can really freshen the room up. Here we see this on the turquoise wall decor and some greenery on the countertop. Avoid the easy mistake of going to bland and add color to your bathroom by painting the vanity, having a bright accent tile, or placing a thin, colorful woven rug on the ground. You will appreciate this accent one groggy morning.

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