Column: Re-imagining outdoor solitude


Inspiration for fresh project ideas, fresh materials and fresh ways to enjoy the outdoors comes from many places. Vacations are the “low-hanging fruit,” when our minds are at ease and smiles effortlessly consume our faces. Dwell Magazine with a glass of wine on the patio always fuels forward-thinking and out-of-the-ordinary thoughts.  Art museums, art gardens, hidden urban courtyards, parks and nature in general seem to solve a lot of life’s issues, too. How about you?


Inspiration for outdoor project ideas can come from a variety of sources. (Submitted photo)

This featured project marries several edgy materials that we dig using but seldom get to employ. Like most material palettes, it takes the correct set of circumstances with a slight appreciation for imperfection. Texture contrast and the crunch underfoot from the crushed royal brassfield fines patio with blue stone slate accents is always a thrill. And if that’s not enough, cinder block fire feature with a blue stone slate cap?

It’s compelling to imagine how such rustic materials telegraphs so elegantly! The clean Trex decking and authentic limestone patio edge adds credibility to the thought. This same juxtaposition of materials is especially prevalent all across France, Italy and Prague, as well as the gritty worlds of New Orleans and Memphis.


We often speak of incredible outdoor living spaces being more than just the patio surface, and these dramatic pots lend credibility to that. Confidently, amazing pots with a few colorful pillows and a dramatic rug can transform a space quicker than anything.


I presume your inspiration comes from many places and hope one day it will be relaxing on one of our incredible outdoor living spaces in your backyard.

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