Photos contributed by Trever Hill and LEE Industries
Headshot by J. Alan Paul Photography
As an interior decorator, there’s nothing more flattering than having one of your former clients ask you to come back to complete another project for them. I recently finished working on a client’s new house, soon, that same client contacted me with a new challenge: create an outdoor oasis that would make them want to spend more time outside than inside. Then I thought, “We only get to enjoy so much pleasant weather in the FM area, so this design needs to be absolutely sensational.” With that mission in mind, I set out to bring the comfort and style of the interior of their home to their outdoor space.
I immediately knew which direction to take, so I jotted down a few notes. The space would have a cohesive look that created a continuous flow between the indoor and outdoor areas. I also wanted my client to feel comfortable wherever they chose to relax. Then I remembered being blown away at High Point Market by the outdoor furniture LEE Industries had on display in their courtyard.
At first, I thought they were just putting their indoor furniture outside. Upon conducting more research, I found out that the fabric was Sunbrella, a bulletproof material known for its ability to be cleaned with bleach regardless of color, and that this furniture was intended to be used outdoors. The pieces are fully upholstered and built to withstand the natural outdoor elements. The frames are made from marine grade plywood, built in sloping drains, reticulated foam, stainless steel staples and galvanized screws.
Trever’s Tip: Choose outdoor furniture for its durability, comfort and style.
It’s easy to see why I went with this brand, but they’re also local and like to give back. LEE does promotional events through their North Dakota dealer, McNeal & Friends, one of which is called LEE Loves Local. During this event, they donate 10 percent of retail sales to charities in the FM Area.
Judging from the client’s landscaping plans, there was enough room in their yard for a seating area for two, a dining area, fire pit, sun lounging area and a living room setting.
The sofa with canopy was essential because it was just so structurally interesting. Next, I put an area rug down to create the feeling of a room around the chairs and coffee table. I used rugs under the dining table and two swivels to the same effect. Now the client has five
different spaces that they can utilize.
Trever’s Tip: Storage is a must to hide any unsightly outdoor accessories.
Another big concern was keeping the outdoor space tidy. For example, what are they going to do with their accent pillows when we have those 30 miles-per-hour-prairie winds? An outdoor storage bin was the perfect answer because it can be tucked out of sight around the corner. It is also good for storing pool accessories.
Trever’s Tip: Use rugs to make your outdoor spaces feel like indoor rooms.
For the client’s pool, I provided them with a day bed (shown with orange pillows) because of their versatility. When the client is lounging on the day bed, they have the pool in one direction and a TV in the other direction. They can choose which direction they want to look while lounging on this piece of furniture.