The more I speak to retailers and consumers about patio furniture and what they're looking for, the more this theme of indoor-outdoor decorating pops up. It seems that everyone wants to decorate their outdoor spaces with an "indoor" feel.
Depending how much space you have (sprawling home versus urban condo), many people will rely on their outdoor space as an extra room for the warm months ahead. This could be one of the reasons we're paying more attention to outdoor decorating.
This Roxö table from Ikea provides seating for up to four people, and is small enough for a condo balcony. Pair it with a few of the bright orange or turquoise Roxö stools for a pop of colour. You can even stack them under the table to save space when you're not using them.
For a lounge-worthy chair, check out these new Brommö chairs, a cool $60 each.
If you have the luxury of space, set aside a place for a dining area with comfortable chairs. In the summer months, it can double as a second dinning room. Andrew Richard Designs has several outdoor options with an indoor feel. These Producer chairs are made from teak and stainless steel and fold away easily come winter. Plus, they're comfortable enough to use as casual seating.
West Elm has come out with a very attractive outdoor collection called Jardine. One of my favourite pieces is the daybed. I love the light wood with the crisp white cushions. This daybed would be a great jumping off point for any outdoor space.
Don't forget about storage! This trunk has plenty of room for throw cushions and outdoor serveware, and can double as a coffee table or bench.
Last but not least, consider an overhead cover-up if you don't already have shelter off your balcony or house. The Home Depot has a wonderful selection of umbrellas and pergolas. Suzanne Dimma showed this one at a recent appearance on Steven and Chris.
See more outdoor spaces with indoor elements in our photo gallery.
1. Roxö table, Ikea
2. Roxö stools, Ikea
3. Brommö chairs, Ikea
4. Producer chairs, Andrew Richard Designs
5. Jardine daybed, West Elm
6. Jardine trunk bench, West Elm
7. Hampton Bay 9-1/2' pergola, The Home Depot
The weather is finally starting to warm up and I'm starting to think about the flowers for my condo balcony.
Every year I clean up my traditional urn planters — similar to these from The Home Depot — and place one on either side of the balcony door. I usually choose petunias for each planter — they're easy to care for and when cared for well, blossom into plush multiples. The combination of purple and white petunias in the same urn is my favourite combination.
In addition to the urns, I plant rosemary, basil, tiny tomatoes, and my all-time favourite, hen and chicken plants.
A lot of condo buildings don't allow window boxes, but I'm lucky enough to live in a building that allows them. I love this traditional touch in an urban space.
What are you planting this spring?
See our Gardening & Outdoor Living section for more ideas.
Although the temperatures don't feel spring-like in Ontario yet, it is indeed spring out there and now is the perfect time to be thinking about how you will be decorating your outdoor spaces.
The Home Depot invited us editors to their spring preview recently, and they had a lot of fun new products to show off.
One of their tips is to decorate your outdoor space like you would your indoor space. Their coordinating colours, patterns and materials make this easy.
This lounge set has a metal base for outdoor longevity. The red cushions coordinate with the red-and-white outdoor rug, and the throw cushions add a stylish hit. The coffee table has sections that lift up for easy nibbling if you're entertaining.
This second lounge set — the Hampton Bay 3 piece set — is made from a neutral weave and the coffee table is made from recycled plastic. Combine different outdoor pieces like they did here so your patio doesn't look too matchy-matchy.
For condo dwellers with small balconies, these bistro sets are perfect. This 3-piece set comes in six different colours and would be a fun addition to any outdoor space.
Lastly, don't forget about your spring and summer flowers. The Home Depot has tons of fresh offerings to add some colour to your balcony or backyard.
Browse our Outdoor Rooms photo gallery for more inspiration.
1-3. Holly Meighen
As you may know by now, emerald green is the Pantone colour of the year for 2013. Here are a few emerald green accent pieces to add to your home as the spring collections start hitting the store floors:
A rug is an easy piece to introduce. I love this Climbing Leopard rug designed by Diane Von Furstenberg. It would be a great way to create a new focal point in one of your spaces.
If you like the colour of the DVF rug but you're not really into cats, the Key Shadow rug by Suzanne Sharp packs a graphic punch.
For a smaller dose of emerald in your home, these Key Emerald cushions from Avenue Road make the perfect accent.
Finally, emerald green can be perfect on a side table. Try this lamp from Arteriors.
West Elm has come out with some gorgeous items recently, so I thought I would share my favourites.
Working perfectly with the mid-century bed is this Organic Seedling Duvet Cover & Shams. The colour and print are perfect for a bedroom as they're both calming, something that is important for a sleeping space.
If you're looking for a touch of yellow to brighten up your living room, I would suggest adding this Bazaar Dhurrie to your rotating rug collection. This rug could be the starting point for a new colour scheme, or just one more colourful item in an already colourful space.
A light fixture can really add a lot of style to a room and pull it all together. These Bentwood Pendants from West Elm caught my eye the moment I saw them. They come in four different shapes and sizes and could work in any space, modern or traditional.
If you're feeling the winter blues, make a small change in the bathroom with this Sarah Campbell Garden Path Shower Curtain — it will add a bit of fun and colour to your bathroom, and it might help you think about the warm spring weather that is on its way!
I hope some of my ideas have helped to inspire some winter decorating!
See Sally Armstrong's Colourful Finds For Winter to get more ideas.
1a. Mid-Century 3-Drawer Dresser, West Elm
1b. Mid-Century Bed Frame, West Elm
2. Organic Seedling Duvet Cover & Shams, West Elm
3. Bazaar Dhurrie, West Elm
4. Bentwood Pendants, West Elm
5. Sarah Campbell Garden Path Shower Curtain, West Elm
I'm slowly redecorating my home, and one item I would really like to add to my furniture collection is a fabulous statement chair.
I may have a slight obsession with chairs.
One of my favourite chairs is this Shell Chair from Design Within Reach. I really love the airiness, the clean lines and the natural materials.
The second chair I'm absolutely hooked on is the Easy Chair, also from Design Within Reach. This chair is incredibly comfortable, compact and would suit both a traditional space and a modern space. You can choose from either a natural black finished wood or a natural oiled oak.
If you're looking for a stylish and comfortable dining chair with a not-so-formal look, you can never go wrong with the Wishbone Chair. These chairs come in two different natural wood finishes and fifteen different colours. As we mentioned in January's trends issue, these chairs would be a great way to show off an accent colour in your space.
What's your favourite classic chair? Comment below!
See our Iconic Furniture From A-Z photo gallery for more timeless furniture ideas.