Hot Trend: Using Outdoor Furniture Inside Your Home

Repurposing your outdoor furniture to be used indoors is sort of a strange concept to digest if you haven’t yet thought about it, but the results are surprisingly breathtaking.

This week, we sat down with home lifestyle expert and Associate Architect, Ronique Gibson, to ask her our top five questions on bringing outdoor furniture in. Ronique is a regular contributor to high-profile outlets like Houzz.com, Better Homes and Gardens and Stagetecture.com.

Q: Bringing your outdoor furniture inside is a hot trend right now. Did you ever imagine it would be?

A: I think that outdoor living and the lifestyle behind it has always been one that homeowners and designers loved, but didn’t know how to tastefully bring the concept inside. Within the last few years, an emphasis on a relaxed and casual lifestyle, but also a greener organic approach to architecture and design has welcomed the desire to bring outdoor furniture inside. We all love to blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors and what better way than with outdoor furniture inside?

Outdoor Wicker Furniture Indoors by Dotter Solfjeld Architects
Outdoor Wicker Furniture Indoors by Dotter Solfjeld Architects

What’s your favorite piece of furniture to bring outside in?

I love wicker resin furniture because it’s durable and also comes in a variety of colors from the lightest of neutrals to deep espresso browns and blacks. When paired with comfortable cushions that you can change seasonally, love seats, sofas and chairs in this versatile and casual material is by far my favorite.

Fifthroom.com's Wicker Black Square Back 6-Piece Deep Seat Patio Set.
Fifthroom.com’s Wicker Black Square Back 6-Piece Deep Seat Patio Set.

Do you have any tips for our readers? I imagine you don’t want to bring EVERYTHING in!  

Great point! I think scale is a big component of choosing what furniture fits well inside and what should remain outside. Large tables and sectional sofas that use up a lot of space outside may swallow up a room visually inside. Also, any type of furniture that swings, such as porch swings, rocking chairs and even gliders do better outside as they could damage interior walls and surrounding decor inside.

Fifthroom.com's 24" Wicker Square White Footrest.
Fifthroom.com’s 24″ Wicker Square White Footrest.

2015 is coming up quick. What interior design/outdoor living trend do you see coming in style?

I love how designers are recreating the entire outdoor room with elements from the interiors and vice versa. For example, using hanging casual chandeliers and all-weather throw rugs outside, but then bringing large potted plants inside to mimic the outdoors is lovely. In 2015, I think we will see more creativity in how homeowners continue to bring the best of both worlds together.

Favorite outdoor furniture piece?

My favorite outdoor furniture is a porch bed swing. My neighbor used to have one that me and my daughter enjoyed lying on, but after we moved we never recreated one at our house. It is still on my very long “to-do-wish-list”!

Now that Ronique has given us some great advice on the do’s and dont’s of using outdoor furniture inside, visit fifthroom.com to get started on shopping for the perfect wicker furniture to bring into your home!

Create The Perfect Getaway – at Home – with Coastal Chic Design

This hot design is all about comfort and the simple pleasures of the beach. Forget packing up those flip-flops and swimwear because with our tips for creating your oasis, you’ll never have to leave the house to relax. Here are a few ideas that are perfect to dive into with the holidays right around the corner:

Create a beach-themed ornament for your tree
Freshen up your Christmas tree ornaments with a glass beach scene ornament. Purchase clear glass ornaments, add a layer of sand, and drop a few small seashells atop the sand through the ornament opening. If you are a regular or even annual beach-goer, plan ahead by picking out favorite seashells on the shore before you start.

The beach...in an ornament! Photo by HGTV.
The beach…in an ornament! Photo by HGTV.

Add a cabana
If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, it may be the closest thing you have to a semi-beach setting. OK, so there’s no sand or seagulls, but you get the idea! Why not add a beautiful Cabana like Fifthroom.com’s Custom Treated Pine Cabana pictured below? Family and friends can have the perfect area to eat, drink and relax!

Custom Treated Pine Cabana on Fifthroom.com
Custom Treated Pine Cabana on Fifthroom.com

Coastal-inspired fabric
Forget the glam and glitz with this theme! When choosing coastal-inspired fabric for your furniture or curtains, lean towards neutrals, pure white or tailored stripes in blue. Don’t be afraid to throw in a few neutral-colored pillows with a fish design or tribal pattern printed in blue.

Make the design authentic with beach finds
Your nautical room needs some symbolism, but don’t go overboard (ha ha!). Too many beach treasures can make the room look tacky. Stay simple. Hang one medium-large sized starfish on your wall with a few other photo frames. Hang two oars intersecting in an ‘X’ shape above your bed, or casually place hard white coral on a bookshelf.

Finish the look with natural fibers
Add a few touches of rope seen in nautical glass balls or even as cabinet or drawer pulls. The possibilities are limitless here. Or, you could add a jute or sea grass rug. All of these pieces bring a natural warmth and texture to your oasis.

Photo by One Kind Design
Photo by One Kind Design

Now, head over to Fifthroom.com to start re-imagining your home as the perfect getaway. Our collection of rocking chairs, deep seating furniture, cabanas and more can help you create a coastal oasis in your own home. You can speak to a project advisor today at 1-888-293-2339.

 

 

Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table with DIY Centerpieces

Getting creative doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. This year’s hottest trend for decorating your Thanksgiving table: repurposing those fall findings that you may already have lying around in your backyard.

If you want to wow your guests at Thanksgiving with a gorgeous, unique centerpiece amongst the turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing (my mouth is watering as I write this), here are a few ideas:

Use mini-pumpkins as candleholders
Whether you choose orange or white-colored pumpkins, these repurposed candleholders will give a fresh look to a common fall find. Or you can use a medium to large sized pumpkin that can serve as a vase for the beautiful flowers mentioned below!

Pick seasonal flowers
The floral department of your local grocery store probably looks a lot different than it did a few months ago when it was stocked with roses and daisies. At this time of year, opt for in-season bouquets like miniature pumpkins, berries and spider mums.

Display your menu…on a pumpkin!
All you need for this project is a tall pumpkin, paint and a paintbrush. You most likely put a lot of time into thinking about your Thanksgiving meal recipes and cooking them. Well, displaying them should be just as important! So, channel that inner creativity into writing a script font of your menu items right on the pumpkin.

The Menu Pumpkin. Photo by Merrythought.
The Menu Pumpkin. Photo by Merry Thought.

Slide a rustic wood tree slice under anything
These large wooden chargers can act as placemats for your food or for displaying those mini-pumpkin candleholders. Keep your color scheme to a neutral palette to make this fall finding work– try white plates, a brown table runner and a pop of color in your napkins and/or pumpkins.

These rustic wood tree slices are used as placemats. Photo by White Buffalo Styling Co.
These rustic wood tree slices are used as placemats. Photo by White Buffalo Styling Co.

But, remember— great decorations aren’t meant to cover up a table—they are meant to accent it. Imagine these beautiful centerpieces on one of Fifthroom.com’s tables in your outdoor room, like this 96” Teak Table and Chair Set. Or, take it inside on our Vintage High-Top Table and Chairs Pub Set.

Vintage High-Top Table and Chairs Pub Set by Fifthroom.com.
Vintage High-Top Table and Chairs Pub Set by Fifthroom.com.

 

PROTECT YOUR PATIO FURNITURE THIS WINTER

Your beautiful patio furniture shouldn’t be left alone to battle winter’s changing temperatures, snow and wind. Follow our 7 tips to learn how to protect your outdoor furniture from all the elements and leave it looking fresh for spring:

  1. Clean all outdoor furniture and accessories, like your umbrella or seat cushions, as directed by the manufacturer.
  2. Store your patio umbrellas upright. Make sure to lean them against a wall or hang them from hooks. Avoid storing them on the ground where mice or insects can take a bite.
  3. Store your outdoor furniture in an enclosed space like your garage, shed or basement.

    Fifthroom.com's 108" Terrace Elite Rectangular/Oval Table and 6 Standard Chair Cover is perfect during the winter months!
    Fifthroom.com’s 108″ Terrace Elite Rectangular/Oval Table and 6 Standard Chair Cover is perfect during the winter months!
  4. But, if space is an issue – don’t worry. You can still store your furniture outside, but make sure to use well-fitted covers to protect it from the rain, sleet or snow. The covers should be heavy-duty fabric, water-repellant to protect against moisture damage, have built in venting so air can circulate to avoid mold and mildew growth, be durable with drawstring ties or elastic hems and have reinforced seams to keep the covers securely in place on windy winter days. Check out our wide variety of furniture covers here.
  1. Wrap seat cushions in an old bed sheet and store in a container. Large garbage bags work wonders too. But, make sure cushions are completely dry before you wrap them, otherwise you’ll find mold when you go to open them in the spring!
  1. While adding a protective coating to your wicker furniture is sometimes a necessity to keep it looking fresh for spring; Fifthroom.com’s collection of wicker furniture requires very little maintenance. Because our furniture is aluminum framed with vinyl, you’ll just need to do a simple cleaning before you store it away for the season! Our Wicker Sands Chaise Lounge is a great example of our low maintenance outdoor furniture.
  2. Protect wooden furniture, like picnic tables, by applying an even coat of water-based wood sealant with a paintbrush. It protects against sun damage, mildew and termites, depending on the brand purchased.

Protecting your outdoor furniture may take a few hours, but it’s well worth it when the warmth returns and it’s time to relax in your Fifthroom! Head on over to Fifthroom.com to find the next addition to your outdoor furniture collection!

 

Decorate Your Backyard Using Ornamental Trellises

Classic Ornamental Trellis
Classic Ornamental Trellis

One of the quickest, easiest, and most affordable ways to inject some vitality into your outdoor space is to decorate with an ornamental trellis. Trellises are available in a multitude of eye-catching styles and designs, and can be placed virtually anywhere in the yard or garden to enhance the surroundings.

Because trellises are so versatile, there are many different ways you can incorporate them into your outdoor decor. Here are some approaches that other customers have used to great effect in their own backyards:

  • As a space-saver: Wall-mounted trellises like our Skyscraper Garden™ take up only four square feet of growing space, but yield as much vegetation as a 24-foot plot.
  • As a privacy screen: Many homeowners associations prohibit the use of fences in backyards, so positioning trellises in strategic locations near your outdoor garden furniture can give you the privacy you desire.
  • As a decorative arrangement: Purchasing several of the same trellises and then arranging them in certain patterns (e.g. semi-circle or fan-shaped) will give your yard a whole new look and feel.
  • As an entrance to a garden walkway: Erecting two identical trellises on each side of a garden walkway or path makes for a lovely entrance structure.

These are just a few ideas to consider, but really the possibilities are limitless!

If you’re ready to bring the beauty of an ornamental trellis to your backyard, head over to Fifthroom.com now. We have many gorgeous trellises that can help make your outdoor living space more attractive and appealing, so be sure to browse our collection today.

Fun Facts About Chaise Lounges and Outdoor Steamer Chairs

POLYWOOD Captain Chaise Lounge
POLYWOOD Captain Chaise Lounge

Although a variety of seating options exist for the patio and backyard, wooden chaise lounges and wooden steamer chairs remain two of the most popular products around. Their classic design, unsurpassed comfort, and ability to mesh with a variety of decorating schemes make them a big hit with generation after generation of consumers.

If you’re considering buying this type of furniture for your outdoor space, here are some fun facts to ponder as you shop:

  • Wooden steamer chairs are so named because they were originally used on the decks of large, ocean-going steamer ships where they could be folded up and stored away when not in use.
  • “Chaise lounge” is actually a corrupted spelling of the French term “chaise longue,” which literally means “long chair.”
  • Chaise-style seating is believed to have originated in ancient Egypt, as many chair/daybed blends have been discovered in excavated tombs.
  • Wooden chaise lounges and steamers are typically made of teak. This wood weathers with age, often turning to a silver or ash color as the years go by.
  • Teak is highly resistant to water and harsh elements, so there is no need to stain or waterproof furniture made from this material.
  • Although cushions can make chaises and steamers more comfortable and decorative, purists tend to prefer the plain, unadorned look.

Okay, so these facts about wooden chaise lounges and wooden steamer chairs aren’t likely to make or break your purchasing decision, but they might come in handy during a poolside game of trivial pursuit someday! In the meantime, be sure to visit Fifthroom.com to check out our current lineup of chic outdoor furniture for your backyard, garden, patio, or deck.

Hot Summer 2012 Trends For Backyard Spaces

Cypress Adirondack Chair
Cypress Adirondack Chair

Has it been awhile since you’ve updated your backyard with new garden features and patio furniture such as wooden chaise lounge chairs or tables? Underutilized stretches of space and rusted, rotted, or broken furniture not only detract from the natural beauty of the area but also deter people from wanting to spend time out there.

If this describes the current state of your yard, then consider restoring its appeal by making some long overdue improvements. Use the following list of the hottest summer 2012 trends for backyard spaces to get inspired while you browse the Fifthroom.com web store.

Create a theme

Decorating your yard around a single theme yields a nicely unifying effect. Whether your preferred style is Oriental, Southwestern, or coastal, make sure everything adheres to the theme.

Return to nature

Forget the perfectly manicured lawn and meticulously trimmed hedges, and let nature run a bit wild in your yard. Slightly overgrown grass, along with fruit trees and vegetables or herbs in the garden, can make the area look lush and vibrant, while birdhouses and feeders reinforce the concept by attracting local species.

Add a garden structure

Freestanding or wall-mounted garden structures such as pergolas, ramadas, arbors, and gazebos are practical as well as aesthetically pleasing. A thoughtfully placed eucalyptus chaise lounge or glider near a structure can further transform the area into your favorite retreat.

If your backyard space is stuck in a bygone era, then now is the perfect time to make some changes. By decorating around a single theme, buying new wooden chaise lounge chairs, returning to nature, and adding a garden structure from Fifthroom.com, you can finally have the outdoor space you’ve been dreaming of.

Gazebos: How To Create A Fun & Cozy Outdoor Space

Treated Pine Double Roof Octagon Gazebos
Treated Pine Double Roof Octagon Gazebos

Summer can be a frustrating season for homeowners with spacious backyards. On the one hand, you no doubt want to spend as much time as possible in the fresh air and sunshine; but on the other, there’s only so much of the scorching heat you can take before having to scramble back to the air conditioned comfort of the house. Fortunately, you can solve this problem by purchasing one of Fifth Room’s beautiful wood gazebos for your outdoor space.

A gazebo, with its solid roof and open sides, essentially gives you an extra sitting room or living room in your yard. When set up correctly, you can have a fun and cozy outdoor space in no time. Here’s how to do it:

  • Choose the installation site for the structure
  • Purchase one of the fully assembled gazebos or kits from Fifthroom.com
  • Assemble or install the structure
  • Add comfortable outdoor furniture such as chaise lounges, Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs, and ottomans
  • Consider installing one of our outdoor gazebo fans to help keep the structure cool even in midday heat
  • Put up side screens to keep insects at bay and increase your comfort
  • Decorate the exterior with creeping vines, hanging plants, lights, or wind chimes to enhance the structure’s visual appeal and make it more welcoming

Gazebos provide a great combination of openness and shelter for your backyard, which is precisely what you need for the hot summer months. If you want to get more out of your outdoor space, be sure to stop by Fifthroom.com to view all available gazebo models and order your favorite one today.

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COMBINING EDIBLES AND ORNAMENTALS

One of the newest trends in gardening is combining the plants you love to eat with the plants you love to look at. So many people have smaller lots these days that it’s simply a smart move to take advantage of all the space you do have—and besides, why should vegetable gardens be simply utilitarian? There is no reason why you must choose function over beauty, and plants fill both of those needs in the garden. So stop the separation and start the integration!

First Step: Just as with any other garden, make sure the plants you put in close proximity to each other have the same growing needs. Most vegetables will enjoy as much sun as you can give them, so think ahead and pair them with sun-loving annuals and perennials like sunflowers, salvias, zinnias and petunias. Some vegetables will take a little more shade and do just fine, so plant those with impatiens, hostas, ferns and caladiums. Look at the label on the plant to make sure you are making the best choice.

Second Step: Don’t feel like you have to plant everything in rows. That may make for easier and faster harvesting and maintenance, but in this garden we are going for integration and beauty. I sometimes like to make patterns with my mixed gardens—I’ll plant roses in each of the four corners with smaller herbs planted in circles around them, then I’ll add larger ornamental plants dotted through the bed, and finish by filling in with lower-growing flowers in alternating colors.

Third Step: Keep proportion in mind. Don’t use plants that are all one size or level in the garden; have pops of taller or larger plants along the way. But be careful that your larger plants don’t shade out your smaller ones, particularly if they are all sun-loving. This will result in your smaller sunny plants struggling for survival, and their flower or vegetable production will suffer. Remember, we want to keep the garden functional while providing beauty at the same time! Place those larger plants at the edges or corners of your garden, and then opt for medium and smaller growing plants to provide the interest throughout the bed.

~Jenny Peterson

Tips to Find the Best Pergola Design for Your Garden

One of the most effective ways to add instant beauty to your garden is to build or install a pergola. These structures come in a variety of shapes, styles, and materials, and can be covered with vines or flowering plants to enhance their visual appeal.

But because of the number of options available, it can be a bit difficult to select the right product for your backyard. That’s why we’ve put together this list of factors to consider as you shop for the best pergola at FifthRoom.com.

  • Location: Where do you want to install the structure? Some people put pergolas in the middle of the yard, others select a corner, and still others build them right against the house.
  • Sun exposure: Pergolas are able to provide shade as well as beauty, so it’s important to limit light exposure by keeping the direction and path of the sun in mind before you build.
  • Size: Do you want the structure to dominate the yard or are you willing to settle for something smaller? Either way, take precise measurements to ensure a proper fit.
  • Shape: Most pergolas are rectangular or square, though circular and hexagonal designs are also very popular. Selecting a shape comes down to taste, as well as the amount of yard space taken up by other garden furniture and the kind of area you want to cover.
  • Materials: Durable, weather-resistant woods such as white or red cedar will yield the best results; however, stone, brick, aluminum, and fiberglass are also viable options.
  • Budget: Figure out a dollar amount that you’re willing to spend on the project, and then stick to it.

By taking the above elements into consideration, you can narrow down the possibilities and make your hunt for the perfect pergola much easier. Once you determine the kind of structure you want, simply head on over to FifthRoom.com to make your purchase.

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