Outdoor Living

Light Up

Lighting provided by tabletop or freestanding portable LED lights, gel or ethanol-fueled lanterns or gas fire bowls and pits adds a soft ambience and allows creative flexibility without the need for an electrician. Also, consider outdoor rugs, a water fountain or other décor items that can help blend the indoor and outdoor experiences.

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In the Mix

Note, an interior designer can certainly create beautiful outdoor spaces that convey your personal style. For inspiration on how to keep it from looking like a hodgepodge of disparate objects, begin by selecting a color scheme that will “pop” against the landscape, then, find a key conversation piece that other elements will support. There are myriad colorful, art-inspired furnishings released in 2015, like this whimsical outdoor dining chair by Woodard, that will add excitement to the mix.

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Eco-friendly Landscape Design

Today’s landscaping trends focus more and more on sustainability, which is a good thing. Most people think of using native plant materials when it comes to sustainability, which is not a bad way to go as the majority of native plant materials are drought tolerant and require low maintenance. But, there is much more to creating a sustainable garden.

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What’s New Under the Sun

While there were no earth-shattering new technological rollouts for 2015 at the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, there were sophisticated refinements in nearly every showroom. Even the most utilitarian outdoor furnishings appearing in stores and showrooms this year will be ergonomically comfortable, durable, low maintenance and elegantly appointed.

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Float Your Boat

Warehouse 2120’s Colonial chair and side table have classic designs with a decided twist that is sure to add charm and conversation to outdoor or indoor spaces. Made from recycled Bali fishing boats, the collection pops with vibrant colors that have been weathered by time and nature. Buy the set at Keys Boat Furniture on Big Pine Key. Visit Warehouse2120.com for more from the collection.

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Tuscan Outdoor Villa

In celebration of A Joy Wallace’s 25th Anniversary, the catering, design and special events company hosted an Italian feast, replete with all the accoutrements of a modernized version of this classic theme

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Eating Outdoors

A:While it is true that ready-made outdoor kitchens are convenient, finding a variety of designs can be difficult. However, there are specialized outdoor kitchen retailers that can show you both prefabricated kitchens and individual appliances designed for use in a custom configuration. Additionally, indoor kitchen design companies will design outdoor kitchens.

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Great Outdoors

Careful planning, inspired design and thoughtful attention to detail each contribute to the beauty and livability of great outdoor living spaces. Kimley-Horn landscape architect Jonathan Haigh offers insight into the processes involved with developing great outdoor living spaces in South Florida. Haigh's extensive portfolio of public parks, civic spaces, and large-scale retail and residential designs has contributed to the creation of countless outdoor living spaces that South Florida residents and visitors interact with daily.

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Winners by Design

Eleven manufacturers of outdoor home furnishings and accessories have been recognized for outstanding product designs by the International Casual Furnishings Association. These award-winning products exhibit exceptional design innovation and technical product innovation in their respective category.

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Mirror Magic

An oasis on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Miami was the source for this tabletop inspiration. The natural variegated leaves woven on vases mimic the trunks of the palm trees in the background. Purple vanda orchids floating atop the vases provide a pop of color. Crystal Waterford goblets, sterling silver flatware and blades of grass add a bit of whimsy, and the mirrored table help to draw in the vegetation. Chair covers were custom sewn to add texture and soften the table edges.

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