GIVE ME COM­FORT, TAKE ME AWAY!

Toronto Sun - - HOMES - Karl has worked as a home decor ex­pert and prod­uct de­signer for 25 years. Do you have a decor dilemma or want to give feed­back? You can email Karl at Karl.lohnes@tva.ca KARL LOHNES CRE­AT­ING SPA­CES

It’s safe to say that sum­mer weather is long over­due this year. I’ve never been a par­tic­u­larly out­doorsy type, but this year I’m an­tic­i­pat­ing sum­mer so that I can en­joy an­other as­pect of be­ing at home — my ter­races, which, come sum­mer, be­come ex­ten­sions of my liv­ing space.

As with any room, dec­o­rat­ing your out­door space should re­flect both your style and how you want to use the space, whether it be for loung­ing or din­ing.

And, of course, there are sum­mer trends and styles to con­sider. I love this sum­mer’s two big­gest in­flu­ences on out­door dé­cor trends: dec­o­rat­ing out­side as you would in­doors, and themed travel-in­spired decor. Here’s what to look for and how to use these trends to cre­ate your own sum­mer­time oa­sis.

TAKE ME AWAY

Travel plans might have shrunk to lo­cal trips this sum­mer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace get­away dreams right in your own back­yard.

Look for out­door ac­ces­sories to cre­ate the feel­ing of your favourite get­away des­ti­na­tion, whether it be din­ing al­fresco in Italy (look for high qual­ity in­door/out­door melamine dishes with Capri tile and lemon mo­tifs start­ing from $7 at Bed, Bath & Be­yond), drinks in Morocco (check out the beau­ti­ful ter­razzo planters at CB2) or High Tea in London (shop for ice-brew teas from David­stea to keep cool and stay hy­drated while on the pa­tio).

All of these; plus themed rugs hur­ri­cane lanterns and place mats are easy ways to dress up the ter­race and evoke some style mem­o­ries. Se­lect items with a par­tic­u­lar theme in mind or choose ac­ces­sories in one colour (think turquoise for the Greek isles or laven­der for Provence) to evoke mem­o­ries of your favourite sum­mer des­ti­na­tion.

IN­DOOR COMFORTS

Over the past few months, the sofa, whether it’s our home base for loung­ing with fam­ily or ly­ing down to read and re­lax, has never been more of a des­ti­na­tion. Why not en­joy the same level of com­fort out­doors as we do in­side our homes?

Many fur­ni­ture re­tail­ers are of­fer­ing up out­door up­hol­stered fur­nish­ings in­spired by the look of on-trend over­size in­door so­fas. New from Mon­tauk Sofa is their out­door col­lec­tion that looks as comfy and grand as the in­door beau­ties they’re known for.

The gi­ant cus­tom Lewis Out­door sofa, start­ing at $9,000, is a show­stop­per for large out­door spa­ces, while Ur­ban Barn’s ready-made Ca­bana Chair and Ot­toman, for un­der $500, suits any bud­get.

Both of­fer ul­tra-com­fort in the great out­doors and would look at

home in the chic-est in­te­ri­ors. Want to up the look and com­fort level of your ex­ist­ing out­door pa­tio fur­ni­ture? Con­sider a new slip­cover made from out­door dec­o­ra­tor fab­rics and wrap your ex­ist­ing cush­ions with thicker foam for ex­tra sink-into depth.

Din­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of Italy; beau­ti­ful and durable melamine dished help turn your ter­race into an Ital­ian des­ti­na­tion get­away. Capri Tile Melamine Din­ner­ware Col­lec­tion, from $7, Bed­bathand­be­yond.ca

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