As the seasons shift and we begin to spend more time outdoors than in, let’s talk about outdoor living spaces. In particular, outdoor bars. I really like the idea of having an outdoor bar because it manages to bring any of the entertaining hotspots of the home – the kitchen – into the light of day in a fresh way.
The extent you go to with design depends upon what type of climate you live in and just how much use you might get out of such a feature. If you’re in, say Southern California, you’d probably want to go all out like this design above because you can use your outdoor bar year round. This one even has a television to help achieve its full level of entertainment!
An outdoor bar doesn’t even have to be a freestanding statement, you can opt to just add it on to an outside wall of your home the way Sarah Sherman Samuels did in this design. I really like how it blends in to the existing structure. She even took things a step further by adding a dining table and chairs rather than barstools. I’d be enjoying my meals al fresco here as often as possible, wouldn’t you?!
If you live in a climate that only has one or two favorable outdoor seasons, consider an outdoor bar that can be closed up when not in use. This design repurposes old windows as doors that can be closed during the offseason with the use of a simple pulley system. So smart and a great look aesthetically if you’re partial to farmhouse or industrial decor.
If you’re looking to build your own outdoor bar realize that it doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. This one was created from some simple cinderblocks and lengths of wood! Plants make the perfect accessories, while the bar top gives you additional space for growing. Bring in a portable umbrella and stand for especially hot, sunny days and you’ve got a spot both you and your guests will gravitate towards.
If outdoor space is scarce, think portable rather than permanent. A cart like the one above holds all the necessities and can be brought out for entertaining and stored in a corner when not in use. Thanks to its wheels you can turn any space you do have into an outdoor bar at the ready – patio, fire pit, or balcony.
Make your outdoor bar even more of a styled living space by adding a chic indoor/outdoor rug. Here are a few I’d love to add to my own deck area.
An almost perfectly designed room that’s lacking a rug is akin to an awards show caliber ensemble without the perfect shoes. In other words – a big deal. If you’ve ever come across one in your Pinterest feed or a home decor magazine then you know just what I’m talking about.
This bathroom has got it goin’ on. The vertically stacked rows of subway tiles, a veined marble floor, even a little nook for your bath time necessities. It even has what’s one of the best modern clawfoot tubs I’ve seen yet – just check out those feet! It also makes me nervous to think about stepping out and slipping on that pristine flooring. I’d bring in a smallish rug that doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic, something with an organic feel that adds to the spa-like experience you’re sure to have in this room.
I’m really into the way this gallery wall was pulled together, with little to no space between the frames. And the color of the flooring and walls is almost an exact match to my own home, so you knowI’m on board with both of those decorating decisions. What I dislike is how interesting the walls are when juxtaposed with that bare floor. Let’s add in a runner with a muted color palette that makes the space feel more well-rounded, drawing your eye up towards the frames on the wall rather than towards the bare floor beneath your feet.
The vibe of this office space is spot on sophisticated. The wood tones partnered with moody blacks and grey let you know that this is where the work gets done, but that maybe this is also where 5 o’clock happy hour occurs. It’s that second part that makes me want to inject something with just a bit of color into the decor, like this area rug with the perfect mid-century colors and a not too serious design.
Now this doing room is F-U-N. Such great natural lighting, and those slanted walls flat-out stunning. (Although that one mismatched chair makes me a little itchy.) I’d like to bring in just a bit more of that dusty pale pink hue in the form of a large floor rug with a minimal pattern for more textural detail.
This looks like a home I could sink right into! Few things are more welcoming than a well-worn leather couch and big dining table – and those high ceilings and beams are to die for. I even like that the walls are bare, but would love to see a little more color in the space. Check out this patterned rug that will most definitely bring some personality and jolt into the picture.
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Just as in fashion, it can be fun to watch interior design trends from the sidelines — without feeling the need to try every trend that passes by. But at their root, trends are just new ideas, and some are bound to resonate more than others. I’ve rounded up a handful of textile looks trending in 2018 that are both fresh and doable. See which textiles trends you might like to take for a spin.
It’s no longer a given that your sofa has to be done in a (boring) neutral hue. From bright colors to wild patterns, pretty much anything goes when it comes to sofa upholstery in 2018. But my favorite take on the trend is a deep, rich blue like on the sofa shown above. Even better if it’s in a plush velvet-like fabric that you can’t wait to sink into! Pair with neutral walls and a nubby knit rug (another trend…we’ll cover that one next) for a surprisingly easygoing look.
Get out the big needles, Nelly — this isn’t your grandma’s knitting! Oversized knits have a decidedly modern-yet-crafty feel that works beautifully with a range of styles. Try this trend in an oversized knit throw at the foot of the bed, or in a nubby rug to provide welcome texture underfoot.
This is a trend that’s been building for a while and shows no signs of slowing down. Instead of purchasing a rug intended for the kitchen, why not roll out a rug you truly love in this space? Sure, there will be occasional spills to handle, but since the kitchen tends to be a smaller space, it’s also easier (and less costly) to have the rug cleaned than, in say, the living room. It seems a bit counter-intuitive, but I prefer to go with rugs made from natural fibers like wool and cotton in the kitchen because they are easier to spot-clean at home.
While we’re used to having a statement something in the room, focusing on the ceiling is having its moment. A black ceiling can do the opposite of what you’d expect and add a feeling of vast space, while a wallpapered one can basically turn your ceiling into art. I love this trend for its unexpectedness and ease – if you don’t like the result just grab a paintbrush and cover it up.
This look has been creeping up on us for the last few years, and in 2018 trough and bucket kitchen sinks are coming on the strongest yet. Who wouldn’t want a big, luxurious one that gives you space to wash the dishes and adds some killer lines to the room? Before you raise your hand, keep in mind that you can find these huge basins in a variety of materials, finishes, and price points.
Another trend that’s been gaining momentum is concrete. Concrete everything. The material that was once considered bottom of the barrel and industrial is now a decor darling in the form of bare floors, countertops, furniture, and so much more. What I like most is how concrete has the ability to make the indoors feel like the outdoors and vice versa. (Bonus: It’s incredibly easy to clean.)
While green isn’t my go-to wall color, I’d happy paint away with these recently popular green/greys. A dusty sage can make a room feel instantly more breathable, relaxing, and charming. It would be a nice wall option for the popular jungle bathroom look as well as if you have a black thumb and are simply craving the feeling of life and earth in your home.
Some classic looks ebb and flow with the decades, and herringbone is one of them. Right now you can find the chic pattern gracing floors, shower enclosures, and kitchen backsplashes alike. It’s an easy fix to make this look modern, it all comes down to the materials and color choices made. Pair it with other trends – a herringbone ceiling or a concrete shower floor – to pack a design punch.
As much as I love the real thing, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with florals in home decor. This year they’re seeing a big resurgence and I’m having a change of heart, at least when it comes to big, bright, and bold patterns that are full of color. I also love the idea of replacing a backsplash with floral wallpaper as seen above – how great would that look paired with some open shelving?
What’s old is new again, at least when it comes to vintage rugs! No one can deny the appeal a well-worn rug with the perfect combination of color and pattern brings to a space. But if you’re not ready to commit to the real deal because of kids, pets, or your own clumsy ways, these lookalikes are the perfect choice.