Now that winter appears to finally be over, it’s time to turn to the outdoor space you’ll live in this summer – your patio and/or sunroom, aka your summer retreat.
Sherry Lusardi, buyer – outdoor furniture, accent furniture and occasional tables and assistant upholstery buyer for Morris Home Furnishings in Dayton, Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, offers the following tips when you’re searching for just the right touches to bring a fresh, inviting look to your outdoor living space:
It is time to bring the indoors out.
Treat your outdoor living area as you would build a room within your home. Start with a rug to define your space. It is amazing how a rug can build a room literally starting from the ground up. Use rugs to delineate different spaces on your deck or patio. Start by using one under your outdoor dining table and then another rug to define your lounging area. Look for a rug that is made from 100 percent polypropylene; this will ensure that your rug will not fade or mold while being exposed to the outdoor elements. Morris offers several selections from the most popular rug manufacturers out there. If you have a specific look in mind, browse through our catalogs with one of our design specialist and special-order a rug and matching pillows to fit your specific style and size. Special orders can be fulfilled in as little as three weeks.
Create your own personal style with furniture.
Whether you like the clean look of a sling back chair or the traditional look of wicker or iron, there are many possibilities.
When choosing outdoor seating, make sure you always look for aluminum frames. Aluminum is extremely durable, lightweight and rustproof. A powder coat is then applied to the aluminum to give the appearance of stone or iron.
Like the look of wicker but not the upkeep?
New technology has allowed manufacturers to take synthetic fibers and hand-weave them over an aluminum frame. With this combination of resilient, weather-resistant materials, today’s “new” wicker will last for years to come. Morris has several options in wicker; you can choose the color and the frames and customize your outdoor living area in as little as four weeks.
Outdoor fire pits
Outdoor fire pits set the scene to dine alfresco and provide warmth for outside gatherings on cool nights. Adding the allure of fire with the ease of hooking up a propane tank and flipping a switch can be one of the most effective ways to introduce a bit of drama and ambiance to your new living space outdoors. Consider choosing among several different fire pits that have matching seating.
Whether you are looking for a comfortable deep-seating group, firepit chat areas, outdoor bar or just some pillows and an umbrella to add a splash of color, Morris has the selection to complement any décor. Your imagination and your style will come alive when you add Morris Outdoor Living to your home!