If you’re itching for summer to start like we are, the winter and spring design shows were the prefect place to gather ideas for creating a comfortable and chic outdoor living space for the coming season. The trend for outdoor rooms shows no signs of waning and industry professionals say the market for outdoor kitchens is growing by leaps and bounds, even in colder climate areas.
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Flaming Gorge by Jatex International
Fire pits of all sorts are very popular for evenings in an outdoor living space. While you can find inexpensive versions at your local hardware and home store, special pieces like these are more eye-catching and interesting. These pots from Flaming Gorge, sourced in Turkey, develop the characteristic greenish patina after spending time outdoors.
If you want an outdoor kitchen but aren’t ready to go for the big investment, companies like Lynx Grills offer more than just the outdoor appliances. Lynx offers an outdoor kitchen “ready to finish” kit where you can DIY the countertops and base exterior to match your outdoor scheme and make it more affordable. They also have an online questionnaire to help you define what appliances and arrangement is best for you and your outdoor living space.
New Growth Designs
Outdoor living spaces need greenery and just because you live in the city or have only a small apartment balcony doesn’t mean you can’t have grass and shrubs. New Growth Designs offers all sorts of gorgeous faux boxwood hedges, grass and flowers to create your ideal setting, no matter where you live.
Large planters make a real impact, no matter what the size of your outdoor living space. Pennoyer Newman creates all sorts of vessels and pots that are cast from estate originals. Company founder and late husband of Cecily Pennnoyer was the great grandson of John Pierpont “JP” Morgan, historic American financier and art collector. Unique access to Morgan’s original art pieces along with Cecily’s arts background allowed her to devise a method for casting these estate ceramic garden objects.
New products make it far easier to create the outdoor room of your dreams at just about any budget, whether that means a top-of-the-line outdoor kitchen or a well-appointed urban balcony. With a little planning and some creativity, you can have a comfortable, useful and beautiful outdoor living space.