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Spring Style Guide

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Backyard bliss

CREATE AN OUTDOOR ROOM THAT YOUR WHOLE FAMILY WILL ENJOY

Welcome warmer weather by embracing the outdoors, and making it an integral part of your home life. Not sure where to start? Imagine how you’ll use your outdoor space, and then set the tone with furniture, floor treatments, accessories and lighting that complement your home’s interior style.

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Lighting is a key aspect of outdoor decorating. Add depth and intrigue by “lightscaping” with different sources—from an intimate wall lantern to eco-friendly LED garden and path lights—at different heights.

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Coordinate the style of adjacent indoor and outdoor rooms, since you and your guests will likely spend time in both. Relaxed rattan, or smart and contemporary? Echo the feel of your interiors and you can’t go wrong. Use shared colors, furniture finishes and seasonal accessories that complement each other.

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Not only does a weather-resistant, indoor/outdoor rug anchor furniture just like in a living room, but it also adds a punch of pattern and color to complement your outdoor furniture.

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Refresh your patio décor with a container garden. Plant spring flowers, then switch them out with summer annuals as the season progresses. Or choose long-lasting culinary herbs that can be enjoyed with hot-off-the-grill dishes.

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Pay attention to the foundation for your new outdoor space. With today’s wide range of options for stone and brick, it’s easy to find pavers in just the right color, texture and level of formality to set the right tone for your space.

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Sometimes the easiest upgrades make a big impact. Consider a portable divider screen—a classic element that not only enhances your décor and defines your space, but also shields your dining area from the wind and adds extra privacy when entertaining.

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