Well, summer is in full swing, the grass is already brown and it's only the beginning of July!
It seems I've spent more time outside with the fabulous weather that has included even a heat wave or two.
After having done almost all my gardening and with our post-flood refresh, it has been such a pleasure to enjoy the house and the patio after feeling stuck inside all winter.
I find this time of year, people want to spend more time outside and do so in the same comfort they enjoy inside of their homes.
Extending your living space to the outdoors is not nearly as difficult, nor as costly as many believe. Outdoor furniture has come a long way from the plastic folding chairs, floral patterned canvas deck chairs and the ubiquitous picnic table (remember any of these?).
In fact, exterior design is changing rapidly and each season brings with it more designs, more options, and more comfort. Indoor/outdoor fabrics now come in a wide choice of colours, patterns and textures all fitted nicely in just the right love seat, sectional or chair, that is designed specifically for your outdoor living space. In a store the other day, I actually did a double take when I saw this year's designs. Outdoor furniture that looks like it wouldn't go amiss in my living room...?
It seems they are, which is a delight. The idea of curling up on a cozy sofa with bright coloured cushions and side tables to rest my book and wine on seems like a lovely opportunity for relaxing and perhaps even a staycation for this summer.
That being said, let's take a look at some ways you can break down the indoor/outdoor barrier and extend your living space and summer comfort:
Aluminum shutters are one of the newest additions to the Budget Blinds portfolio and provide extra protection and security. These reasonably priced alternatives to wood shutters are durable and low-maintenance and come in a range of textures and colours. Not only do aluminum shutters provide weather protection and privacy...
They are durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions such as wind and rain:
Moreover, aluminum shutters are perfect window treatments for enclosing outdoor patio areas and can easily create an outdoor 'room' for you and your family. An alternative to the aluminum shutters is roller shades such as the solar roller shades below. The added draw to this product is that they allow the brightness of the day to shine through while protecting you and your family from the sun's harmful UV rays.
Automated solar screens also enable precise sun control at the times of day you need it most.
In addition to exterior shades, traditional window coverings such as drapery are a nice alternative. Upgraded designs, fabrics, and even water-resistant materials are all available to boost your outdoor living experience. With the use of tension rods set up around your porch/patio perimeter, drapery can also provide varying levels of privacy and shade depending on your individual needs.
The key to bringing the inside out is to make your surroundings a true extension of your indoor decorating style. Throw pillows, lamps, plants and exterior rugs go a long way in making your space cozy and comfortable. Budget Blinds' new line takes outdoor living one step further with beautiful and durable outdoor area rugs made of 100% polypropylene. From contemporary to traditional patterns and colours, we can help augment your existing décor.
With the addition of heat lamps, cozy blankets, and some hot chocolate, outdoor living can extend far beyond the summer months into the fall or even late spring. Why wait until next year to create your outdoor space when we still have weeks ahead of us.
Call today for a free consultation and get more inside living done on the outside!
Have a great, relaxing summer!