Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Create an Outdoor Living Space with Contemporary Furniture

Summer is the time to get outside with friends and family and enjoy! Creating an outdoor living space is easy to do and an endeavor that is well worth the effort. Contemporary furniture companies are manufacturing outdoor furniture that looks and feel exactly like what you have in your living room but is constructed to hold up under outdoor weather conditions.

The clean lines of contemporary furniture lend themselves well to so many different settings. For a look of understated elegance you may enjoy Amalfi Garden Armchair that when grouped together with a couch and table creates an instant outdoor living room for your patio or deck. Or for an entirely different look you may enjoy a rattan chair and foot stool such as the one in the picture above. It's perfect for a quiet little corner for relaxing or reading. Add a few flowering plants and you've just created an inviting outdoor living space!

To create an outdoor living room take a look around your yard, deck or patio and select an area about the size of a small room. It should have easy access but not be directly in the middle of a heavily traveled area. Then go to town creating edges with plants, screens, fences and attractive structures, leaving sufficient room for the furniture. You may want to select your furniture first to make sure it will fit when you buy it. Shopping online for contemporary furniture will help get the ideas flowing!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Alex's New Digs

Guest post by Alonso Kramer

When my son Alex told us he was buying a house, we were overjoyed. We thought it was a great sign that he was maturing and that his job was going well – not to mention the tax creditshe was going to be getting! When he showed us the actual house he was buying, we were…worried. It was a bit of a fixer upper and though it was huge, it was in a transitional area. The first thing we did was go to www.allhomesecurity.com for a security system – I don’t want him being unsafe in his own home. Then I came down for a week and helped Alex get the thing in shape. We worked with a contractor who fixed all the obvious stuff and made it livable and now it’s nearly ready for decorating. I plan on coming back down to help with that aspect since Alex isn’t exactly known for his great taste, and once it’s all done it will truly be his dream house!


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