Fresh Ideas In Outdoor Decor

fresh ideas in outdoor decor

Summertime, and the livin' is easy ~ Ella Fitzgerald

With summer upon us outdoor living is ever enjoyable. Freshening up this space can be done in a few easy ways. By creating defined dining and living space areas, rearranging existing furniture or adding a shiny new piece of decor. This can prove to be just what is needed to brighten up your outdoor oasis.  We've found some unique ideas in outdoor furniture and decor to share with you. *Contact mathedesign.com for specialty pricing on non-priced item links

The epitome of escape is to lounge and let the relaxing begin. These creative loungers, daybeds and furniture say "whisk me away".

Let an outdoor rug define your spaces. For example these neutral rug options will lend a clean foundation for furniture and accents to be set on.

Photo Credit: Frontgate

Photo Credit: Frontgate

Placing beverage centers and stunning centerpieces, like this fire table, will create the perfect space for entertaining.

Sunbrella fabrics on pillows and cushions are well known for having legendary performance, resisting weather and sun exposure. In adding finishing touches like pillows, planters, throw blankets, lanterns and table top accessories. Your outdoor space will transform from day to night into a magical retreat.

Happy Summer!
Melissa Mathe

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Bringing Blue And White Decor Outdoors For Simple Holiday Decorating

bringing blue and white decor outdoors for simple holiday decorating

"Ev'ry heart beats true 'Neath the Red, White and Blue"  ~ George M. Cohan

Summer holidays mean firing up the BBQ and getting together with family and friends entertaining outdoors. While blue and white decor is an Interior Design favorite creating stylish outdoor spaces can be made simple. Celebrate our countries Independence Day in style with adding pops of color to this classic foundation. With colorful chairs, lanterns that glow, a great rug and plenty of throw pillows. After sweeping off the patio and setting the stage add elements of nature with bright red roses and soft white hydrangeas in ginger jars that are from indoors, to welcome your guests and make them feel at home. Here are a few decor resources to get you started.

A great armchair is a smart way to make a statement. These chairs from Wayfair, Safavieh and Bungalow5 are a perfect example of this.

Garden stools and sides tables can be used inside and outdoors for added surfaces. For example this Safavieh garden stool is very classic, the Annie Selke and Wayfair tables are more of a modern touch.

You can find these vividly patterned rugs at Annie Selke, Safavieh and Safavieh.

Create a pattern play with these stunning indoor outdoor pillows from Birch Lane, Surya and Birch Lane.

Finally go out with a bang and make your guests swoon with these accessories located at Annie Selke, Birch Lane and Wayfair.

Stay safe and have a great July 4th!

Melissa Mathe Design

Introducing Deb Smith, Design Assistant

There is a new face in the Mathe Design office. I am so excited to introduce her to you. Deborah Smith is the Design Assistant/Blogger Extraordinaire here at Mathe Design. She hails from the midwest and western New York. Attending the Art Institutes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Visual Communications and Design. Spending the past 18 years in Richmond, Va she now considers herself a native. Her extensive background in various mediums over the past 20 years in Graphic Design led her to interests in surface design and interiors. Having toured many Richmond Symphony Designer Home tours she has been inspired to push her boundaries. She enjoys space planning, decorating, fabrics and diving into accessories.

Here at Mathe Design her role involves many different tasks from picking out finishes, communicating with vendors and organizing samples for client meetings. Utilizing her background she helps create and put together design boards and blog posts.

She’s passionate about many things in life, the most important being family, friends, travel, music, art, and design. When she isn’t doing work at Mathe Design you can find her developing her paper goods and accessories line Hibiscus & Co. She’s a team player and works to focus on getting the details taken care of to make our clients projects a success.

Welcome to the team, Deb.

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Earth Day 2013

Today is Earth Day 2013. We have one day a year where we recognize our planet and the need to appreciate its beauty and take care of it. Hopefully this day's awareness will carry on with you throughout the year.

Google is celebrating today with an animated logo....

www.google.com

What can you do to help save the Earth?

What can you do in your home to save resources?

Here is a link to the official Earth Day website.

http://www.earthday.org/

Think of ways you can save the Earth around your home....

- Lighting: turn off the lights when you are not in the room. use energy efficient bulbs

- Washing clothes: not filling up your washing machine all the way saves energy. How about hanging up your clothes to dry?!

- Thermostat: check the settings. It is recommended to be most energy efficient you should set it for 68 in the winter and 78 in the summer. Be sure to get your HVAC system serviced once a year to be sure it is running properly.

Here are some more ways to save energy around your home.

http://www.emd.wa.gov/hazards/haz_simple_ways_to_save_energy.shtml

 

Happy Earth Day!!

Tree Renovation Part 1: Hall Bathroom

The "Before" I tried to embrace the pink tile and we had a lovely Pink and grey window treatment made, however, due to the black tarp on the ceiling and the pink tiles all being cracked, it was time to make a change.

Time for things to go. The demolition begins.

The sink console...buh-bye!

The wall hung toilet that used 5 million gallons of water per flush - buh bye!

Plaster walls - buh-bye!

Here you can see the lovely pink tile. The toilet and sink vanity have already been removed.

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What once was a closet, will soon become a sink niche. I know what you are thinking..how could I get rid of storage space! Well, the bathroom is tight and this was much needed square footage for a better flow. Besides, not having this closet helps from hoarding too many towels! My dear friend Matt Paxton over at Clutter Cleaner would be proud. (www.cluttercleaner.com)

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Check this plumbing out! On the right is the bracing and plumbing required for the old 1959 wall hung toilet.

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The Godfather may give the advice to go to the mattresses. But in this bathroom we went to the studs! Floors, walls, ceilings. Everything that had plaster on it...gone. We did keep the existing porcelain tub. Although it's a bit small for today's standards, it's a classic. They just don't make 'em like they used to.

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The building back begins. Since there was not enough room to make a water closet, we made a little privacy wall next to the toilet.

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DRYWALL! NO more plaster walls!!!! Glorious!

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And here is my new sink niche. This is surrounded by concrete backer board since it will be tiled.

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Tile is being installed! I chose a large 18x18 plain white porcelain tile. I wanted something to be simple yet make a statement. I installed it "on the 45" for some interest. I used a 6x12 tile for the border. (actually 12x12's cut in half)

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The tile is in and so is the vanity! I added a lime green glass tile for an accent. I picked lime green because it is bright and fun for this cheerful kids bathroom and can go with yellow, pink, and blue. So future color schemes are not limited! It's important to think about the future.

There is also a duplex outlet on either side of the vanity. This allows for lots of flexibility for the future. Whether it's a spiderman night light or a curling iron the bathroom is ready for it!

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My privacy is finished out with a granite top that matches the vanity. It's all coming together. I also installed an outlet here. Currently the plan is to have a changing table here and the wipes warmer needs to be plugged in, but in the future this can plug in a nightlight!

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We have lighting! Sconces on either side of the mirror are the most flattering lighting for this setting. So if you have the space, do sconces! I also installed a general flush mount fixture for overall lighting and a recessed can in the shower - make sure they are all rated for bathroom use!

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My fancy toilet. It's the little things in life. And during this project it was all about this toilet. What's so special about a toilet? Well, this one is comfort height (formerly known as ADA height). Kids will only be small for a short time. So one day they will want comfort height, too! And it also is elongated bowl. the lid is slow-closing so no slamming down and no little fingers being smashed. Maybe this will encourage putting the lid down? And it is dual flush. Think ahead - be green! The entire surrounding is tile. One day there may be a little boy in this bathroom...they're messy. Enough said.

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In the shower I kept the flow of the accented green tile. Although I brought it up higher since the tile goes all the way to the ceiling. I also put in a "shampoo box". I had a fancy soap dish that I won at a luncheon, so I just needed a place for the bottles to go. The tub corners are never big enough and shelving can be an eyesore.

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Here she is! The new vanity. Slow closing drawers and a decorative shelf on the bottom. Since I did take out the linen closet, this allowed me storage for the towels. 

So there you have it. This bathroom once had pink tile and a tree through the ceiling. And now it's practical and functional...and looks good too!

Timberrrrrr

Thank you to this pine tree for making its way through my home last March. March 1 to be exact. It was a lovely morning. I sat working quietly in my office 4 months pregnant. Greg was unemployed at the time and he was in the Den working hard at networking and looking for a new job. (Which he did find thank goodness). When all of a sudden we heard a loud crack getting louder and louder and then BAM! The whole house just shook! We grabbed the dog and went running outside for fear of it falling further into our home.

A home that needed some updating. It was built in 1959. While it had good bones (it held up a giant tree after all), however, pink tile in the bathroom was a bit....um... dated. So in a way I am thankful for this tree falling through our house. Yes it caused stress. But it also kept me quite occupied while eagerly awaiting the arrival of our daughter.

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The root ball and my bump. I was thankful that I could sneak in on this warm day to get into some cooler clothes.

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Cutting the tree into moveable pieces

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Princess watched anxiously. She wanted to be sure her sofa was unharmed so she could go back to snuggling.

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That's going to hurt.

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And it made it way all the way across the house. And even managed to damaged Greg's car, too.

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The tree is coming off of the house!

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Architectural Digest here we come! Check out the blue tarp roof. So trendy.

First up...the hall bathroom...