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Sunrooms, Patios & Porches in April? You better believe it! n spite of all the snow and ice this year, winter is finally over! We’ve made it through March, and spring is about to blossom. It’s time to look past the barren trees and dreary skies, and see visions of enjoyable sunrooms, patios and porches. Why not start now to create yours with style and comfort!

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 before you get too far, think about the space itself. Does it have a natural focal point such as a great view of the outdoors, a fireplace, or perhaps the perfect spot for a television? Are you using your space for dining and entertaining as well as relaxing with your family? Just as we do inside, it’s usually best to arrange furniture in conversational groupings, perhaps creating an l-shape or u-shape arrangement with sofas and chairs. And keep seats close enough to invite conversation – too far apart and you’ll feel that you have to shout!

 Sun and light are big considerations in designing your sunroom or outdoor spaces. Will you have issues with sun control, heat, glare or visual privacy? If not, you may want to leave the windows untreated and enjoy the maximum light and view. Otherwise, order window blinds in one of the many styles that provide functionality and flexibility while adding softness and style to your room.  Consider a fresh outdoor color palette. While you generally want the style and color scheme to flow with the house as a whole, you might try colors that are either bolder or more relaxed than you would use inside. Incorporate the colors with today’s outdoor fabrics that are resistant to fading, staining and mildew. Fabric designers have done a fantastic job of using technology to create outdoor fabrics that are soft, textured, and woven in beautiful colors and patterns, yet practical and weather resistant.  Also thanks to technology, outdoor furnishings are not what they used to be. Choose stylish and comfortable furniture made with treated wood or an aluminum core, and a wicker or bamboo finish. Manmade materials today are far more weather resistant than natural products. Additionally, incorporate other furnishings such as area rugs, carpet, table and floor lamps that are also designed to withstand outdoor use.  Finally, infuse your space with life and energy by adding potted flowers and trees. Try an up-light for trees to create a dramatic look in the evening, or bunch several pots together on your coffee table. And please, get rid of those poinsettias from the holidays! Spring flowers and plants are beautiful, fragrant, and uplifting. Start now to update your outdoor spaces and you’ll be ready for that first cookout over Memorial Day weekend!

This I nd ust ry I nsigh t was written by Cathy Davin of Davin Interiors LLC. Davin Interiors LLC is a full-service design firm dedicated to bringing style and comfort to your home. Please contact us at 412.221.5770, or visit us on the web at www.davininteriors.com.

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IN Fox Chapel Area Spring 2010

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