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07 July . 2017

Bring the Indoors Out!

Chapel Hill boasts the best of all seasons with sunny springtime flowers and vibrant autumns, which are treasured hallmarks of our Carolina lifestyle. You can make the most of your time outdoors year-round by creating an outdoor space that’s an extension of your living room. David Weekley Homes, a builder at Briar Chapel, and designer Kathy Andrews Interiors offer top tips to create a seamless indoor/outdoor transition to your home.

 

 

5 Top Tips


1. Mix and Match to Maximize the Space

Incorporate varied designs such as a covered porch with an open brick or paved patio connected by stairs or a pathway. Mix and match stone or brick textures and patterns to create interest and variation, especially for smaller backyards. Designer tip: Choose light-colored paver stones that complement exterior hues, and remember that stones in lighter hues tend to hold less heat and create a cooler outdoor environment. 

 

2. Maintain Open Sight Lines

Focus on the flow in your outdoor space by creating an open traffic pattern with sight lines that provide views from inside the house to the far end of the backyard. Sliding glass doors are an ideal addition that not only allow for additional natural light but also can be opened during mild weather to create a true extension of the home.

 

 

3. Create a Variety of Seating Areas

Design a multi-use outdoor atmosphere by including several seating areas. Make small conversation areas by pairing two Adirondack chairs next to a bistro table, adding a farm table with benches to accommodate large parties, or building extra seating with a retainer wall. Take your design cue from the surrounding landscape. For example, the furniture set above mimics the curvature along the edge of the patio.

 

 

4. Light a Fire

Create instant ambience with the addition of a fire source. Fire pits and chimneys encourage friends and families to pull up a chair and relax. (Think s’mores and hotdog roasts!) Another idea is to add a functional outdoor kitchen, which is a great way to make outdoor entertaining a breeze with anything from backyard burgers to sophisticated smoked cuisine. Consider adding a bar, refrigerator and serving station to complete your outdoor kitchen.

 

5. Add Personal Touches 

Spice up your outdoor vista with elements that mirror your interior vibe — family area rugs, colorful pillows and artwork. Add warmth with lighting, such as chandeliers or lamps, and nestle a TV in the corner to spark a summer family movie night. If you can find it inside, feature it in your backyard.

 

Looking for other design tips? Check out these fancy ideas to stage your next summer soiree.

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