May 12, 2011

Outside In

Just look out the window…

BY REBECCA LEES

For design inspiration, looking outside and reinterpreting the landscape can successfully marry the interior and exterior. Elements that translate directly from the outside to the inside, create a seamless transition which works to visually expand the interior space.

When selecting interior finishes, let nature be your guide

One of the most exciting trends in home design is the increased sensitivity to the environment. Improving the way interior spaces relate to the world outside can have a great impact on spatial quality. Urban living leaves many of us without our own back yard. Bringing the outdoors in through design, allows us to fulfil a modern desire to connect with nature.

WORKING WITH NATURE’S PALETTE
Nature is filled with complex colour and texture combinations. Using nature as a starting point when planning the perfect palette offers both soothing and lively variations, providing depth and visual Interest.

MAKING THE CONNECTION
connection Allowing your eye to flow effortlessly from the interior to the exterior achieves a successful connection and creates a fresh, comfortable space where you can feel inspired and awakened by your surroundings.

TAKE IT IN ANOTHER DIRECTION
Decks and patios effectively increase your living area. The new generation of Sunbrella fabrics blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living by offering luxury and comfort for every area of the home — both inside and out.

Interior designer Rebecca Lees started her company,
Rebecca Decorates, in 2005, www.rebeccadecorates.com
Carrie Marshall photography, www.carriemarshallphotography.com
Bowl sculpture by Brent Comber Originals, www.brentcomber.com

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