Interior Design doesn’t end on the inside

I’ve always told my friends that if Interior Design doesn’t work out I’d move on to landscape design. You may not know this, but I love gardening. I find it to be therapeutic. I just love the way flowers and plants can transform a space instantly. By extension, your exterior design is just as important as your interior design.

Your curb appeal should be a grand entry. There’s nothing worse than walking up to a home only to be greeted by an unwelcome entry.  Zero curb appeal. Lack of plant care, an unkempt patio, a non-manicured lawn, missing light bulbs or outdated paint job. There are several elements to creating a great exterior space.

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Groupings of potted plants is a great start especially if you’re lacking a flower bed. You certainly don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve this great look. Group potted plants in varying heights and colors for an instant update. Be sure to research the proper way to pot plants because you can kill them just as quickly as you’ve planted them. outdoor 7image via

Seating is always a good idea. Nothing is more refreshing that taking a break and enjoying the nice weather. Outdoor furnitures are offered in so many different materials. Don’t be afraid to try something other than the standard wicker. outdoor 2image via

Layering plants while combining different colors not only looks great but accentuates your entry. Try adding fragrance plants such as gardenias – it smells lovely!

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For a stunning contemporary look and for those who don’t have much of a green thumb, opt for succulents or plants that are hardy. Even the color green accents the institutional view of the concrete. outdoor 4image via

For those who are daring and may want to put a little more of the budget towards landscaping, be creative and have some fun. This is a great combination of color, pattern, texture, balance and interest.  outdoor 5image via

Add some color. Don’t just think about adding color via your plants but also your furnishings. This is a great opportunity to be bold, vibrant and fun. Let’s face it, in most cases, it’s not always possible to add color to outdoor walls unless we change the entire color of the house; thus, adding color to your furniture is a suitable and economical option.

Do you have any other tips to add….I’d love to hear them.

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The 80’s live on

 

The 80’s will forever be remembered as a period in time where bold, bright colors and art deco inspired shapes ruled the field of design. Today we still see influences of those design elements in interior spaces throughout the world, and why wouldn’t we, they are just AWESOMELY radical and amusing to the eye.

The Memphis-Milano: 1980s Italian Design Exhibit that was located in The Dixon Gallery & Gardens

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The HULK (2011) from Rafael de Cardenas. In the 1980’s the Rubik’s Cube hit international popularity and has puzzled & amazed us since then with its intricate & vibrant design; this piece of furniture seems to portray that same effect.

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The Un Piccolo Omaggio A Mondrian series of architectural cabinets designed by the Italian architect Ettore Sottsass. Neon colors were all the rage back in the 80’s. Today bright colors can still spruce up any space and can be introduced in subtle ways to create that wow factor.

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The Luminous Acrylic Desk designed by Alexandra Von Furstenberg. Between the simplicity of it and the linear strikes of bold, luminescent colors, this desk reminds me of the 1982 Tron movieDesign Magnifique, Interior Design, Orlando Interior Design, Furniture

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The Nendo Tetris Table – “an interplay of joints and constructions of different geometries that rapidly cancel each other out on the screen”. Very reminiscent of Nintendo’s Tetris video game — finding that perfect match and layout is just part of the fun.

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This miniLoo Toilet (applied to wall) is ideal for small, compact spaces. In this hot neon pink hue, this toilet gives a very 80’s Rock n Roll vibe; ideal for the rocker at heart.

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