Gardening chores are on hold – especially with the gift of rain we have been receiving. More important tasks are at hand – dressing your home for the holidays! We love to use fresh flowers, forced bulbs and rosemary to help fill our home with the fragrance of the holidays. Our favorite candle of the season the Slatkin candle in the balsam scent only adds to the unique aroma that the holidays bring.

Top Things to do in December

• Definitely time to get your tulips and other spring flowering bulbs in so they have time to put on healthy root growth for Spring – next month is too late. 

• This is a good time to add small evergreen shrubs and trees to your pots if you want them to look good through the winter months. The nurseries have a wonderful selection of them to choose from. 

• Water your flower beds, pots and flower boxes throughout the winter months – especially before extreme cold temperatures – dry roots don’t do well in extreme cold. 

• Now is a great time to plant new trees and even most landscaping plants – the nurseries are stocked to the brim with them. 

• Now that the leaves have fallen from your trees this is a good time to assess whether or not they should be pruned this winter as you can see their limb structure more clearly. 

• Enjoy the holidays outdoors by dressing your outdoor living areas with pillows and blankets in pretty wintery plaids and flannels – summer is over!

Began the forced blooming of these paperwhite bulbs only 3 weeks ago – our window not only looks festive and fresh…our home is filled with the intoxicating fragrance that only the narcissus bulb can provide.

I always incorporate rosemary into my seasonal styling. It is also highly fragrant especially when brought indoors. These paperwhites were started one week later so that I can have the gorgeous white blossoms through January.

We like “dressing” our home in greens to really bring the holiday feel into our home….as simple as draping some slash pine and pine cones around a chandelier.

Look to nature and your garden for natural tree ornaments…love the organic and natural contrast with all of the mercury glass and pearls.

Always looking for a way to incorporate treasured ornaments…here we have added them to the light fixture over our kitchen table.

Silver accents in front of antique French mirror! Peace on Earth…

Will always incorporate this treasured photo! Nora….

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  • We are spending more time at home today than we were 5 years ago.
  • We want to capture the look and feel of indoor living in an outdoor environment. The outdoor space is merely an extension of the indoor space.
  • Make it comfortable
  • Coordinate colors
  • Keep it personal
  • Decorate your outdoor space just as you would a living room…furniture, lighting, accessories, focal points.
  • Avoid “matched” sets of furniture – you don’t do this inside – don’t do it outside.
  • Create multiple and intimate settings – remember what Bunny Williams says – every room should feel comfortable for 12 or 2.
  • Design components often include…
  • Pools or other water features such as fountains
  • Outdoor kitchens including wood burning pizza ovens
  • Fireplaces and fire pits
  • Outdoor TV
  • Chandeliers and ceiling fans
  • Heaters

This is a project we did a few years ago – our client asked us to build a new cabana or pavilion when we were renovating her home – we always take our cues from the house so we used the same materials and finishes – same personality. This pavilion has it all – outdoor fireplace, bathroom, beautiful lighting and heaters and of course a TV hidden away behind antique architectural doors.

Best outdoor living room
Designing outdoor spaces

We also renovated the pool and added these waterfalls from a raised planter to provide the sound of water next to this new outdoor living area.

How to design an outdoor living room

Here is an example of how we create outdoor “dining rooms”. We added stone to an outdoor fireplace to anchor this setting with a fireplace and mantle.

Outdoor Living Room Example

We don’t do a single project today, where the discussion of outdoor spaces doesn’t come up. The evolution from just home to home and garden has arrived – it has been this way in Western Europe for hundreds of years….we are finally catching on! Send us pictures of your outdoor rooms – and ideas to bring the indoors out!

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