Posts tagged Home and Garden
Design Advice: The Basics of a Functional Outdoor Kitchen #OutdoorLiving

As we continue our approach into the Dog Days of Summer, you're probably thinking about the possibility of adding an Outdoor Kitchen to your sun-bathed entertainment areas.  Why not?  There really is nothing like enjoying a medium rare cut of steak and a perfectly chilled Washington Pinot Gris out of doors, without the hassle of missing out on the conversation of your guests each time you need to run inside to check on a pot or fetch another bottle. The well-designed outdoor kitchen means that the chef (usually the host or hostess) remains a part of the party. 

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Design Advice: Making #OutdoorLiving Spaces Spring-time Ready

Let's face it, with Spring having Sprung, it's time to move the party outdoors! Why stay cooped up inside? Instead, feel the warmth of a light afternoon breeze on your bare skin.  Maybe enjoy the morning paper and coffee as the last bit of dew evaporates from the leaves.  Better yet, gather the family around a blazing outdoor fire and share spooky ghost stories (marshmallows anyone?).

With that being said, we thought we'd share a few tips for #OutdoorLiving geared to help you get your backyard ready for the activities of Spring and Summer.

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Trends: Indoor Influenced Outdoor Furniture

The Patio is a' Changin! The continued evolution of the Outdoor Space in today's market means that home owners and designers are no longer content with the traditional outdoor furniture of yore.  You know, flimsy plastic numbers that fade and crack. Instead, they're turning to décor details more often found inside the house, turning to designers who are, at once, producing highly functional pieces of furniture that make use of those style details found indoors - Cabriole legs, carved detailing, wing-backs, and even Mid-Century Eames-esque components - constructing them from materials designed to withstand the elements of the Great Outdoors.

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Universal Design: Barrier-free Landscapes

Ah, the sweet smell of Spring is in the air signaling that it's time to get outdoors and tidy up the landscape. Gardening is one of Corinne Gail Interior Design's favorite subjects to explore and share with our readers.  As I always say, gardening is truly green therapy; there is no better way to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate the soul than by spending time in the garden. Unfortunately for those with limited flexibility, mobility, and sensory impairments, spending time in the garden is not always easy and, at times, can be impossible.  A study conducted in 2011 concluded that almost 50% of gardeners have trouble bending or have limited flexibility while a quarter of those gardeners polled experience difficulty walking.  Sadly, those statistics translate into people not being able to spend time enjoying the benefits of green therapy (cue my sad face).  However, I thought I'd share tips for tidying up landscaping and creating garden spaces that all ages can enjoy, even those with physical limitations.

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