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GARDEN-TAINMENT: The new outdoor trend we love!

Outdoor living spaces continue to take center stage as more and more people are ready to move the festivity outdoors. From outdoor spaces with furniture and even televisions to outdoor kitchens with fancy grills on the rise, outdoor spaces are becoming more and more personalized. The National Association of Home Builders predicts home sizes will shrink 10 percent in 2015. With less square footage indoors, outdoor living spaces are becoming even more important for cooking and entertaining.

This phenomenon called “Garden-tainment” is the new buzzword in the garden industry. More and more people want their homes to spill out into garden space, where they can enjoy time with family and friends. And creating an outdoor space that has style, comfort and functionality is top of mind especially now as we start to think about warmer weather and moving out doors again. So remember, the goal of an outdoor space is to create a space where people want to be. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning and designing your outdoor space:

Design your outdoor living space the way you would your indoors. Take into account all the activities you’ll be doing or that you will want to do in your outdoor space. Be sure to consider who will use the space and how the space will be used. Try to incorporate some of the same architectural details and style you have throughout the inside of your home in to your outdoor space. It could also be as simple as picking up on the colors you have inside your home and carrying them through to your outdoor spaces.

Create a seamless transition from your indoor spaces to our outdoor spaces. Creating a cohesive look between your outdoor and indoor spaces will allow for a natural flow and look as if they are one in the same space. When designing, ask yourself who will use the space and how will the space be used.

No one wants to be stuck inside cooking while everyone else is having fun outside. An outdoor kitchen with all the amenities will give you an outdoor living space that is both functional and fun. Give the same planning and thought to your outdoor kitchen as you would with your indoor kitchen. Be sure to consider the type of storage and appliances you will need outdoors as well.

An outdoor living space with comfortable furnishings and a fire pit will provide a natural focal point for your outdoor living space and the perfect place for family and friends to gather and relax. Simple additions can also turn an ordinary space into an outdoor room that adds value and comfort to your home year-round. A hanging swing, mood lighting and a vintage find can easily transform an ordinary outdoor space into an open-air living room Add color and comfort to seating by using pillows and cushions made from outdoor fabric to spice up your space. And don’t forget the plants! An assortment of beautiful plants and containers are key to the design of your outdoor space.

Come see this outdoor trend plus many more at our 21st annual Outdoor Show this weekend, February 27-March 1. LEARN MORE >>

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