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Designing for Less - Outside Space

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Before I start this week’s blog, lets look back a bit to see what we’ve covered. So far we’ve talked about the kitchen, bathrooms and the living room. But what’s the first thing people notice about your house? The outside. I primarily design the inside of a home, but have at times worked with clients on their yards. I’m not a landscape designer by any means, but I can offer an opinion on what looks good.

I love going to places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target and even Wal-Mart to peruse their garden sections. I love terracotta pots and their many uses. First, try purchasing a few different sizes. Maybe stack some by turning the bottom pot upside down for added height (maybe secure for safety). This will allow you some flexibility with your plants and flowers and let you create a terraced effect without the huge cost. If you don’t like the color, simply prime and paint to match your current color scheme. And if you’re really crafty, you can even turn them into a small water feature. The garden section of your local hardware store should have what you need to complete this relatively inexpensive project. Plus there are many websites out there to give you tips on how and what you need. If you don’t want to take on another project, you can purchase one already made.

What about adding a bench or even a garden stool? Depending on the allotted space either of these will work beautifully. At times the garden stools can get a little pricey, but if you look around again at stores like Home Goods you just might find a bargain. No matter what size space you have to work with, a porch or just a small area, by adding some potted flowers and plants you can transform your yard into a garden oasis. But just remember to have fun digging in the dirt.


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Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts. www.christopherporikosdesign.com

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