Inspiration

The Great Outdoors

Whether it's your patio, your pool or backyard, there's no denying that your outdoor property is just as important as the inside of your home. Get some backyard-design inspiration from the photos below. Designed by Fifth Room 724.444.5366 fifthroom.com

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SPRING INTO ACTION

Look around. What do you see? Antique mechanical parts from the Industrial Era, such as these rusty springs, can be upcycled as great outdoor accessories, or larger springs as garden sculptures. Shown here, the Rusty Springs Industrial Salvage assemblage (set of four springs) from Gazaboo. Available online at Etsy.com.

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2014 Color Trends

From the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, Across the industry, the 2014 color story is fresh and new. Here are the four prevailing color trends for outdoor spaces.

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Unnatural

Q: I am drawn to African influences since having gone on safari, but have no desire to incorporate stuffy furnishings, taxidermy and rugs made of animal hide. How do I incorporate traditional African elements without turning my home into an outpost?

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July 2014 Merri Grace McLeroy

As summer settles in, nature’s most beautiful colors appear renewed. Skies appear bluer, the turquoise ocean more intense, and floral buds in saturated yellows, reds, purples and pinks burst forth beckoned by the sun. Is it coincidental these refreshing colors are emulated in the forward-trending home furnishings palette?

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Top 10 Trends

The true art of interior design lies in the ability to capture a homeowner’s personality and lifestyle. In doing so, various influences are certain to be present. Foregoing the matching set oft found in furniture showrooms, look to create an environment that portrays one’s interests and experiences by selectively mixing styles,

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Forecast from High Point Market Authority Style Spotters

High Point Market Authority’s Style Spotters forecast bright, bold and brassy interiors for 2015. Let’s take a quick peek into the future. To get the inside track on what’s ahead, the Market Authority asked a few of its 2014 Style Spotters for their forecasts just ahead of Market.

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Hide and Seek

Leather is durable, but its finish can be damaged by chemicals. Avoid using typical household cleaning products. Simply wipe leather with a damp cloth weekly and apply leather cleaner once or twice each year for deeper cleaning and added protection. Also, consider moving furniture around periodically to avoid uneven fading from direct sunlight. Note, leather will show wear over time, but proper care will protect its beauty and extend its life.

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Quick Fix

Your question, which requires a significant answer, inspired me to produce our Ideas feature on this topic. Here’s the short answer: Update with a few accessories, paint, pillows and rugs in current colors that will coordinate with existing furniture, reupholster worn furnishings and update lighting. See our Ideas, Focus and Trend Watch stories, and our furnishings trend Inspiration feature to identify new, investment-worthy suggestions.

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Let’s Take a Ride

Bicycles are everywhere in Indonesia, but what happens when they aren’t working anymore? Phillips Collection, one of our favorite repurposed brands, turns them into furniture and accessories. Old bicycles are given new life in wall panels, tables and chairs –
each one unique to the bicycle from which it came. Bicycle Collection from Phillips Collection

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