Creating an inviting outdoor oasis was once a major challenge with the small scope of products available on the market. Yet these days, outdoor decorating is just as fun as curating a thoughtful and beautiful space indoors! Weather-resistant fabrics have come leaps and bounds throughout the past decade, and now, we’re able to craft outdoor dining rooms, living rooms, and lounge areas fit for any high design interior space.
Outdoor lighting in particular has seen a major refresh in the last few seasons, making it a cinch to pull together a space that can be enjoyed all day and all night, too. Whether you’re looking to create a reading nook under the stars, or you plan to host a Memorial Day cookout for the entire neighborhood, these ambient lighting ideas will have you experiencing creative light bulb moments all season long.
The concept of creating an intimate space in an outdoor room that’s as “tall” as the earth’s atmosphere may seem daunting, but it’s easy to create that cozy effect with clever lighting. Try stringing globe lights in an overlapping pattern across the top of the space to bring the “ceiling” down to a more manageable height. Lining the perimeter of the outdoor space with lanterns and flickering candles finishes the seasonal room off in romantic style.
If you once thought that a hanging chandelier was another decorative lighting feature destined to be “indoors only,” we challenge you to think again! Hanging a lantern above your outdoor eating or seating area is a surefire way of adding customized character to your deck or patio, and is perfectly safe for outdoor living thanks to solar powered capabilities. Supplement your chandelier with additional string lights to create a highly functioning outdoor lighting system guaranteed to light the way to a good time with friends and family.
As we all know, seasonal entertaining isn’t always at home. So what do you do when you have a sunset picnic planned and no way of installing a permanent lighting system to keep the dark at bay? Consider stowing a few strands of LED string lights plus a transformer into your picnic basket. These portable lights can be draped over a tree branch or laid around the perimeter of your picnic blanket for functional and pretty ambiance in a flash. And if that’s not quite enough, toss one or two charged rock shaped LED solar-powered floor lamps into your basket just before heading out the door for extra lighting come sunset!
For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.
It’s hard to believe that the holidays upon us. In just a few days, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family. Once the turkey settles, thoughts will quickly switch over to Christmas. With less than a month between each holiday, I’ve already started planning a few of my holiday decorations. Last year I created this DIY Rainbow Wreath for my front door using an faux evergreen wreath and glass ornaments. I can’t wait to get this colorful gem back on my front door.
However, I have a few other entry doors and spaces around my home that are in need of a festive touch. Wreaths are a quick and easy way to add festive color and instant holiday cheer. With so many varieties available, you can find several options to match your current decor or have a little courage and try something completely new.
To lend a helping hand, I’ve gathered twelve of my favorite holidays wreaths. From modern to traditional, one of these is certain to beautifully adorn your door and welcome your friends and family into your home.
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Which wreath is your favorite? What other ways to you dress up your door for the season?
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm
If you’ve been following my posts here on Style Spotters for a while (or on my blog Inspired by Charm), then you probably know I have a slight obsession with all things gold. As I’ve begun to get my home ready for fall, I’ve noticed how many gold and brass accents I have. Even though I still love them, I’m always up for trying something different, such as copper.
Over the past year, copper has been gaining in popularity.This fall, however, copper has come out in a big way in everything from light fixtures to flatware to pillows. While this metal is a kitchen classic, as seen in the glimmering pots above, new furnishings and accessories have given us reasons to incorporate copper into other areas of our home as well.
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With its warm orange and pink undertones, I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more copper pop up this fall and holiday season. What do you think? Have you always been a fan of copper? Do you plan to add a few copper pieces to your home decor?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
TREND: Bold Color
Over the past few months, I’ve been renovating the space in my home that I now use as my office. Even though the transformation is not quite complete, I’m making the transition from office to holiday office. As I put the finishing touches on styling this space, it’s been fun to inject a little added color and sparkle to mark the holiday season.
Today, I thought I’d share my space with you and show you some products for creating a hip holiday office in your own home. As you can see, I painted the walls subdued shades for a neutral backdrop that comes alive with colorful accessories.
The neutral-colored walls along with white curtains, bookcases, and desks allow the accessories to be the stars of the room. I like this because, depending on the season or project, I can have fun playing and experimenting with a variety of colors. Being a creative type, I’m constantly moving pieces around. A neutral background gives me lots of flexibiltiy.
As you can tell by my Christmas tree, I’m not afraid of color.
So as I mentioned above, I thought I’d share a few pieces for creating a hip holiday office. If you like this look, let your creativity fly and try incorporating a few of these pieces.
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As always, Happy Decorating! And Happy Holidays, too!
Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm
Hi all, Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm here! In a little over a month, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will come knocking and asking for goodies. These two fall-inspired front entryway looks will have your home all decked out for the holiday. Decorating staples such as a chandelier and a console table are perfect for any season. Decorative accessories, including a bowl for candy, can be easily swapped out seasonally or dressed up to fit the occasion. Whether it be for a trick or a treat, you can bet all the neighbors will be trying to sneak a peek at your fabulous decor while the children fill their bags with candy. Let’s decorate!
(1) Glass Vase 15″- Purple; (2) Glass Vase 13″ – Purple; (3) Parsons Mirrored Chandelier; (4) Spider Witch Hat; (5) Domed Mirror; (6) Source Console; (7) Witch’s Broom; (8) Senegalese Storage Basket; (9) Spider Web Placemat; (10) Mercury Glass Decorative Bowl
(1) Ceramic Owl; (2) Copenhagen Chandelier; (3) Amana Brass Candleholders; (4) Bungalow Mirror; (5) Leo Foyer Table; (6) Rope Bin Collection – Orange; (7) La Belle Gold Table Vase; (8) Harvest Pumpkin Serving Bowl; (9) Sun Bleached Cardoon Wreath (10) Antique Grape Lug
Which fall-inspired look do you like best?
Happy Fall, Michael Wurm, Jr. Inspired by Charm