Column: Living it up outside


Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

News Flash: The forecast calls for rain, dampening our efforts but not our desire to spend time outside. Long is the list of benefits from spending time outdoors and strong is our desire to spend more time there. When the clouds even momentarily part, we flood outside to make the most of those brief moments of sunshine. 

In an effort to offset the relatively short periods of time when we can enjoy the outdoors, designers often wax poetically about the virtues of “bringing the outside in” and suggest tactics such as filling your home with potted plants. While this can be helpful, we prefer to turn the tables and find ways to extend our interior comforts to the exterior. Rather than drawing a hard line that distinguishes your interior space from your exterior environment, we want to dissolve that line and encourage your landscape to become an extension of your home.

Whether your available outdoor space is a balcony or an unbroken vista to the horizon, there are products and design approaches to enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors. Product manufacturers have developed items that allow you to enjoy many of the same comforts you enjoy while inside. With amenities such as comfortable seating, accessories, curtains, sun shades, daybed swings, refrigerators, ice makers, pizza ovens, fireplaces, lighting, sound systems and televisions, why would you ever want to go back inside?

Although design trends come and go, nature is timeless. Let us help you expand your domain.

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