Expanding our Living Spaces

Summertime is almost here in Chicago, truly it just has to be! Soon we will be able to use our patios and backyards for barbeques, entertaining and relaxing in the warm temperatures.  Is your outdoor living space ready to enjoy with your family or friends?  

Today, there are many choices available to create inviting outdoor family rooms. Take a look at a what a few of our favorite vendors are showing this year.

Pillows  in the new all weather fabrics are a wonderful addition to our outdoor seating areas.  Today, there are many prints, geometrics and solids in all color ways.  The fabrics are soft to the touch just like your indoor fabrics.  Notice the addition of brush trims and cords designed for thisuse.  The lush greenery is the "perfect" accessory,  don't you agree?

Area rugs are big for exterior rooms.  The rugs define your seating areas just like they doindoors.  We have a line of all weather rugs that provide many choices which we will show you inour next blog.  Again, the ferns are a great addition to the space. Wicker and rattan furniture isjust timeless.

Very peaceful, I can just imagine sitting outside, sipping lemonade (okay, maybe a mojitoinstead) and visiting with a friend or two.  Details that make the interiors of our homes so inviting are used outside - a throw (in all weather fabric) on the sofa, area rug, decorative grasses and candles.  Back to the throw, think about how nice it would be to toss over your shoulders when the temperature drops a few degrees but you aren't quite ready to go back inside. 

Bold prints in pool blue and grass green look fabulous made up on this outdoor sofa!  Yes, these are all weather fabrics.

(photo courtesy of Duralee Fabrics)

Isn't this sweet?  I love how the pinks and greys work together.  So many of the flowers we enjoyin the summer come in beautiful shades of pink, a pot of  bright pink geraniums would be perfect beside the chaise.

(photo courtesy of Duralee Fabrics)

Dress up your simple wooden folding chairs with outdoor fabrics and trims.  How simple is thisand it takes the dining area to another level.

(photo courtesy of Duralee Fabrics)

Above and below are geometrics which are great as a companion fabric or used together as shown above and below.  

(both photos courtesty of Duralee Fabrics)

If bold prints and bright colors are more your style, below are a few of our favorites from Duralee.

Are you inspired to start thinking "outdoor living"?  We are!  Let us know if we can help you create another living space, outside the walls of your home. Reach us at 847.705.9569.

In our next blog we will bring you more outdoor inspiration featuring Kravet's indoor/outdoor fabrics and furniture.  All weather area rugs and greenery/floral planting ideas from two of our vendor partners.