outdoor living area

Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Furniture – 6 week summer series

In this final post of interior design and decorating for outdoors, I will cover outdoor furniture and fabric. This is another don't skimp zone. Get high quality furniture like Janus et Cie, Century, Gloster, Modern Outdoor, Brown Jordan and other designer brands available through design professionals. The photos in this post are all of projects I have completed for my clients in San Diego using high-end, quality furnishings. I always tell…
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Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Lighting & Fire – 6 week summer series

Interior design and decorating for outdoors part 5 of my 6 week summer series - today I will cover outdoor lighting, fire pits and fireplaces.  There are 3 basic forms of lighting: task, ambient and accent. For outdoor this can be to light pathways and plants, or to provide lighting to cook by, or lighting that creates warmth. Task lighting is critical near the grill so you can make sure your…
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outdoor cabinets for kitchen

Bringing the Inside Out: Outdoor Kitchen Cabinetry – 6 week summer series

In week 4 of my 6 week summer series, about interior design and decorating for the outdoors,  I will cover outdoor cabinetry.  There are 3 main options in outdoor kitchen cabinetry: stainless steel, wood and polyethylene. WOOD: Probably the most vulnerable to the elements is wood for outdoor kitchen cabinets. It's important to select a wood that can hold it's own against mother nature - woods like teak, ipe, cypress, thermally-treated…
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Built-in Outdoor Kitchen

Bringing the Inside Out: Outdoor Kitchen- 6 Week Summer Series

We are in week 3 of our 6 week summer series on outdoor living. Now we get to what makes outdoor a fun and functional BBQ gathering space - The Cooking Station. Appliances for your outdoor kitchen must be outdoor rated. Manufacturers such as U-line, Lynx, DCS and a few others have lines designed for outdoor use. If you are creating an outdoor kitchen then you will want the conveniences of…
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manufactured outdoor counter

Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Countertops – 6 week summer series

Here we are again in the second installment of the 6 week summer series where I talk about the what and where of designing outdoor living spaces. This week I will focus on countertops for outdoor kitchens. There are 4 categories of countertops that I will cover: concrete, manufactured stone, granite and tile. Materials for counters CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS PROS: very versatile - it looks great in a contemporary or traditional setting…
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outdoor living area

Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Furniture – 6 week summer series

In this final post of interior design and decorating for outdoors, I will cover outdoor furniture and fabric. This is another don't skimp zone. Get high quality furniture like Janus et Cie, Century, Gloster, Modern Outdoor, Brown Jordan and other designer brands available through design professionals. The photos in this post are all of projects I have completed for my clients in San Diego using high-end, quality furnishings. I always tell my clients not to skimp because it's not worth it but, I regretfully tested my theory last summer. I was in a pinch, as we had just rented out our house for the summer, and needed an outdoor table and chairs. The high end line I wanted was weeks…
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Modern-Fire-Pits-Outdoor

Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Lighting & Fire – 6 week summer series

Interior design and decorating for outdoors part 5 of my 6 week summer series - today I will cover outdoor lighting, fire pits and fireplaces.  There are 3 basic forms of lighting: task, ambient and accent. For outdoor this can be to light pathways and plants, or to provide lighting to cook by, or lighting that creates warmth. Task lighting is critical near the grill so you can make sure your chicken isn't raw in the middle. Halogen lamps are small and stand up to higher temperatures, which make them perfect for outdoor cooking areas. free movie down load site . If you have a ceiling over your outdoor area you can add fans and can lights. Bring a little…
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outdoor cabinets for kitchen

Bringing the Inside Out: Outdoor Kitchen Cabinetry – 6 week summer series

In week 4 of my 6 week summer series, about interior design and decorating for the outdoors,  I will cover outdoor cabinetry.  There are 3 main options in outdoor kitchen cabinetry: stainless steel, wood and polyethylene. WOOD: Probably the most vulnerable to the elements is wood for outdoor kitchen cabinets. It's important to select a wood that can hold it's own against mother nature - woods like teak, ipe, cypress, thermally-treated poplar and mahogany. While wood has a wonderful warm feel it does require regular care and maintenance. STAINLESS STEEL A popular choice, if you chose this route look for commercial grade 20-gauge stainless steel. Stainless steel is one of the safest surfaces for food preparation because it has no…
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Built-in Outdoor Kitchen

Bringing the Inside Out: Outdoor Kitchen- 6 Week Summer Series

We are in week 3 of our 6 week summer series on outdoor living. Now we get to what makes outdoor a fun and functional BBQ gathering space - The Cooking Station. Appliances for your outdoor kitchen must be outdoor rated. Manufacturers such as U-line, Lynx, DCS and a few others have lines designed for outdoor use. If you are creating an outdoor kitchen then you will want the conveniences of inside, outside. Appliances and fixtures that you should consider for your outdoor kitchen are: THE GRILL -  MOST IMPORTANT PIECE DON'T RUSH THIS DECISION.  Most grills are made from cast aluminum, sheet metal, cast iron or stainless steel. Stainless steel is the best (and priciest) choice because it holds…
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manufactured outdoor counter

Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Countertops – 6 week summer series

Here we are again in the second installment of the 6 week summer series where I talk about the what and where of designing outdoor living spaces. This week I will focus on countertops for outdoor kitchens. There are 4 categories of countertops that I will cover: concrete, manufactured stone, granite and tile. Materials for counters CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS PROS: very versatile - it looks great in a contemporary or traditional setting and can be any color. CON: can crack so be sure to hire a first rate contractor & needs to be sealed Cost is about $100sf MANUFACTURED STONE COUNTERS For counter-tops like quartz or recycled glass, talk to the manufacturer first. Most use pigments that are not designed to…
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