3 Tips for Freshening Up Your Outdoor Spaces

Apr, 2009
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3 Tips for Freshening Up Your Outdoor Spaces
Prosource Flooring Event
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Dear Jane-Marie,
Happy Tax Day (that's an oxymoron, I believe)!  How about Happy Spring!  It is finally here, waiting for you to get the bug to start renewing your environment.  And although Spring has barely begun, it's not too early to think about how you plan to spruce up your outdoor living spaces in anticipation of hot weather.  Read on for tips and tricks to save you money and freshen up your outlook on the outdoors.


Tip #1:
  Is your patio furniture looking old and worn but you aren't in the market to purchase new?  If it's wrought iron, consider taking it to an autobody shop such as Minnetonka Auto Body.  They will sandblast it and respray it in a color of your choice This is typically half the price of purchasing a new patio set and you don't have to fill a landfill with your old set.

Tip #2: 
Stick to a neutral color story for your main furniture and seat cushions (neutral can range from white and beige to pale, pale blue and chocolate), then sprinkle in bold hues on accent pillows and outdoor tableclothsTrina Turk's new collection for Schumacher is edgy with vibrant hues and large scale prints.  See below for examples of using color with smaller pieces of accent furniture, such as small tables or bistro chairs.

santorini javasuper paradise pool pisces driftwood

Tip #3:  Think outside the box in terms of what type of furniture you use - it doesn't have to be metal or wicker and it doesn't have to look like everyone else's patio furniture.  Note the unique chairs in the photos below - vintage pieces are great finds through garage sales, ebay or 1st dibs.  Or, build inexpensive benches that can be covered in Sunbrella fabric and cushioned with throw pillows.

1stdibs finds (call me for pricing):
faux rope metal chairscerused teak chair

ebay finds:
garden chairmid century outdoor pool chaise

craigslist find:
green patio set

Search websites for "vintage outdoor furniture", "antique outdoor furniture" or "unique outdoor furniture".
Prosource Flooring Event
My favorite flooring resource is having its annual sales event 4/16 - 4/18 in Bloomington.  best foyer award at prosourceHere are the highlights:
  • One Year to Pay:  You choose your flooring now and receive Prosource's "12 Months No Payment, Same As Cash" financing offer. 
  • Stimulus Plan:  Receive an additional 3% discount on all orders over $1000.
  • Exceptional offers include Touchdown 100% nylon carpeting for $1.24/sq ft and Heartland 3" wide engineered hardwood for $1.86/sq ft (designer prices).
Contact me today to learn more - you can visit the event without me, but be sure to call and let me know you are going so that you can get my discount!
Embellishments Design Studio provides interior decorating, space planning and color consultations, as well as custom window treatment designs and staging services so that you can transform the house you live in into the home you love!

Jane-Marie Bloomberg
Embellishments Design Studio