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Jul 9

Decorating a Wedding Arch

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Dear Style Studio,

I am trying to decorate three arches for a wedding in November 2013. I thought of having a candle chandelier in the middle with drapery on all sides of the arches and either candle lanterns or clear vases with flowers hanging in a staggered pattern on the outer arches.

I also thought of having baby’s breath garland draped across the tops and outer side of the arches with a heart shaped floral wreath on either side.

Please let me know of any ideas you may have…

Thank you!

Kristin

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Hi Kristin,

Decorating for a wedding is such fun! We think your ideas are a great start. When deciding on decorations for the location, consider what foliage will be in bloom beneath the columns so that everything coordinates.

We suggest using the fabric draping idea on all three openings with a crown of wispy greenery across the top. This would provide a beautiful frame for the scenery behind.  We like the idea of hanging a fresh flower heart … try one in each opening.

Something to consider when using candles … if the wedding is in the daytime their beautiful impact will be lost in the natural light.

No matter what direction you finally decide to take with decorations, make everything personal so you will have fantastic memories of your special day!

Congratulations and Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

Jul 8

Garden District Mirrors

By |Customer Homes|0 Comments|

For several years we have been looking for mirrored windows to reflect the pond on the exterior of our property. These worked very well on the brick wall in our screened porch.

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Jul 15

A Special Summer Retreat by Karen G.

By |Customer Homes|6 Comments|

Living in the South, you need a place you can shade yourself from the hot sun.  My Porch is just that place.  I added a daybed and filled it with Sunbrella  Canvas Blue Pillows and Brown Damask Pillows for a comfy feel.  When the sun gets too hot – I close the Sunbrella Canvas Blue Outdoor Drapes and it keeps, not only the porch cool, but my kitchen as well.  Lastly, I added the indoor/outdoor Verona Rug – it transformed the porch into a room.  Can’t you just taste the cool lemonade?

 

Jun 21

Why We Love Our Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

By |How-to's and Tips, Outdoor Living, Rugs|4 Comments|

When we first introduced Outdoor Rugs more than five years ago, we admittedly had one thing in mind: transforming drab outdoor spaces into truly magnificent outdoor rooms. We were so excited to find durable fade- and weather-resistant rugs that were equally fashionable. They brought instant color and anchored seating areas to finish the look. We were in love.

It wasn’t until our fashion-forward customers started telling us how they used their Outdoor Rugs inside their homes that we began to see them in a different light. Party planners, pet owners and moms alike had discovered that our rugs held up beautifully in high-traffic areas—and didn’t require an ounce of sacrifice in the style department.

 

Naturally, we tried them in our homes and around the office and became true believers. And this is how a new hybrid category was born—and became all the rage.

Here are our top five reasons why we love using our Indoor/Outdoor Rugs inside.

 

Invitingly soft feel

 

Remember those scratchy fake astro-turf doormats and poolside rugs of yore? Thankfully, today’s versions are so surprisingly soft that you wouldn’t think twice about kicking your shoes off and getting down low for some floor time. They’re also shed free and have a low pile, which makes them perfect for kids’ rooms and play areas.

 

Incredibly long lasting

Indoor/Outdoor Rugs are woven from polypropylene (or a blend) for long-lasting durability and incredible stain resistance. So there’s no need to freak out the next time someone drops barbecue sauce or even a glass of red wine all over your carpet—which is why you might want to consider using them in eating areas.

Easy to clean

And just in case the above example actually does happen, all you have to do is give it a good spray with the garden hose. For a deep clean, a mild soap or degreaser and scrub brush should do the trick. You won’t ever have to worry about the inconvenience or expense of taking your rug to the dry cleaners. For this reason, we let them take a beating in our busiest spaces, like the foyer, kitchen and family room.

 

Fashion forward

Indoor/Outdoor Rugs are available in a wide array of sizes, colors and designs that work in any décor. And if you like the look of natural jute, choose a more neutral style to blend in your space. These versatile rugs really do mix with a variety of furniture styles, from Louis to Vintage Vogue.

Not expensive

Did we mention the price? Because they can be produced relatively cheaply, these rugs are a bargain! If you’re on a budget, polypropylene rugs are a great alternative to wool and other natural fiber rugs.

 

For years you may have been using one of our Indoor/Outdoor Rugs to bring style and comfort to an outdoor space. And now you just may want to bring the look indoors, too.

May 31

Planters – Not Just For Plants Anymore!

By |How-to's and Tips, Outdoor Living|10 Comments|

How can we count the ways we love planters? They’re one of the most useful and versatile outdoor accessories we can think of, especially if you want to add impact without spending a lot of money.

From aged urns to colorful clay pots to classic window boxes, planters provide pretty texture and color for your favorite outdoor spot. Plus, they’re easily portable so you can rearrange and repurpose them to meet your needs of the moment.

There’s no need to be too matchy-matchy when it comes to containers. A mix of vintage and new pots in a variety of finishes and sizes adds loads of visual appeal. All that’s important is creating a great place to gather this summer.

Here are our top 5 uses for our favorite planters:

CONTAINER GARDENING

Not a gardener? Use a few potted containers to create lush, easy-to-maintain landscaping for your outdoor space all season long. A mix of foliage plants and flowers provide instant color—just choose the palette to suit your site.