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Extend your living space to areas beyond your walls by treating your patio or porch the same way you would your living room. Seating arrangement should encourage conversation, and a great focal point and anchor to that area is to incorporate an area rug.
By using a sisal rug that is specified for outdoor use (you can find them for under $100 at Lowe’s or online at Home Decorator’s Outlet) and by using outdoor paint, you will ensure that your designs will not bleed or the rug itself mildew and deteriorate. Add a pop of color if your area is neutral, or have the freedom to coordinate with hard to match cushions and pillows. Make it your own!
(Directions below are for the photo example by Canadian House & Home magazine; Author: Stacy Begg)
- Edged, flatwoven sisal rug
- Quart of latex paint (use outdoor paint if you plan to use the rug on a deck outdoors)
- Small foam roller
- Painter’s tape
- Tape measure
STEP ONE: MAP OUT A PATTERN
STEP TWO: PAINT ON STRIPES WITH A SMALL ROLLER
STEP THREE: LET DRY AND REMOVE TAPE
- Brightly colored flowers if your area is not conducive to planting
- Have your kids help with hand prints, roads and “cities” for toy cars & trains, or their own artwork for a fun outdoor play area
- Stencil an oversize monogram in a coordinating neutral for an elegant, yet understated look
** This would be a great idea for a damp bathroom also! **
WHAT SIZE OF RUG SHOULD YOU GET?
Make sure the rug slightly larger than the area of your furniture arrangment. The front feet of your seating should overlap the rug and there needs to be at least 18″-24″ between furniture (chair-to-chair or sofa-to-table) for traffic flow.
My most recent client for an eDECORATING plan has been myself. I just haven’t been able to put my mind together on where I wanted our master bedroom to go for nearly 6 years now, so an eDECORATING plan seemed appropriate.
In previous posts, we began this journey of how an eDECORATING Plan works.
The first phase of any eDECORATING project is discovering that you need a plan. I determined that I was getting nowhere picking up things here and there, returning them, selling others, and ending up frustrated because our room was so BLAH!
The second phase is purchasing and starting the online design questionnaire. In the previous “A Dose of my Own Medicine”, I showed a sad, beige-beige-beige photo of our bedroom. I listed some strengths/weakness of the space, items that we are keeping, and where I hoped the room would go.
The last phase is receiving the eDECORATING Plan: The Color Floorplan, Inspiration Board, Shopping Guide and Instructions/Advice. After completing this process and showing it to my husband, he was much more excited about the prospect of updating our bedroom (i.e. spending a little money on it! HA!) Sometimes when needing to get a spouse on board, it helps to have a visual, a road map, and a little bit of cost structure when presented with a redecorating project. Now we know what each phase of our implementation of the plan should cost (barring any sales, or “gotta have it!” changes) and can budget accordingly.
If you have a room in your home that has been frustrating you about how to make it the incredible space you desire, click here to begin your very own eDECORATING experience. In about 2 weeks, YOU can have a professionally designed room that you can complete it in your time frame and according to your budget.