I have had the great fortune of being interviewed by writer Beth Wood, for a Q&A about interior design for outdoor living areas – including kitchen, living and dining spaces. On page 36, in the May edition of the Union Tribune’s Coastal Magazine, you will find my advice on design solutions for outdoor living from materials to furnishings. The DO’s and the DON’Ts, the PROs and the CONs of outdoor spaces. The photo in the post is a home that I provided outdoor furnishings and accessories for. A little article excerpt:
Q. Please tell us the best ways to plan for an outdoor kitchen.
A. It’s important to consider everything you want and then prioritize. The grill is essential. Most grills are cast aluminum, sheet metal or stainless steel. Stainless steel is the best, and the priciest. It holds up better than the others, especially because – unless you live 20 miles inland – we all get the coastal dwe that is bad for grills. You should expect to spend…>> read more on page 36
Q. Are there certain kinds of canopies and umbrellas that are better than others?
A. For everything outdoors, don’t skimp, because the elements are brutal.Tucci umbrellas are made with marine grade, top-of-the-line materials and last for years. The pulleys are one’s you’d find on sailboats. Whereas the discounted umbrellas last a couple of years…>> read more on page 36
Q. It sounds like the overall cost can be pretty high?
A. The outdoor kitchen is already a luxury item. Three things would take it to the next level…>>read more on page 36
This Q&A has inspired me to write a summer blog series on designing your outdoor space. I will cover flooring, counters, appliances, cabinets, furniture, lighting and fire pits. Look for the posts in the coming weeks. If you, or a friend, want help designing your outdoor living space, don’t hesitate to call.