Creating an Outdoor Oasis

May 2, 2008 10:25:19 AM PDT
We're still waiting for spring to show up here in Chicago and with it the chance to spend more time outdoors. Longer days and warmer temperatures inspire us to lighten and brighten our homes to reflect the natural comfort and airiness of spring and summer. Robyn Arvedon, decorating expert from HomeGoods, says, it's easy to transform indoor and outdoor living areas by the use of luxurious accent pillows and one-of-a-kind decorative accessories to unique furniture and rugs. And you don't have to spend a fortune to create an outdoor oasis.

Robyn says three key looks for spring and summer include:

Cool Spring

As winter fades, a cool spring emerges with soft shades of sand, cream, sea foam and bisque accented with turquoise and robin's egg blue. Distinct textures and woven patterns inspired by nature blend to create a calming, soothing presence. The allure of spring blooms with eye-catching, oversized florals and branches in natural containers. Natural wood looks are complimented with unexpected hints of white and shine to create an earthy balance in any room.

Exotic Escapes

Bold, saturated color and global styles converge in both the home and garden. Mediterranean blue, warm terra-cotta, sun yellow and deep chestnut dominate the vibrant color palette. Talavera mosaic tiles capture the warmth of Mexico. Rustic finishes on oversized urns are reminiscent of treasures found in Spanish hideaways, and striking Moroccan-style lanterns provide an exotic glow. Anchored by simple, yet rich, teak furnishings, a room or garden gets a global view.

Classic Summer

A classic palette of crisp blue and white inspired by the sea and sky is refreshed this summer with bold, graphic patterns including oversized stripes and chinoiserie. Sleek, modern shapes with silver accents add a simple yet sophisticated elegance to iconic coastal accents. Natural fibers such as wicker and rattan envelop cozy, deep seating for natural relaxation, while surprising pops of color, such as brick red, interpret the warmth of the season.

HomeGoods, the country's only off-price store dedicated to home décor, offers a large selection of designer and brand name home fashions, unique decorative accessories and gifts for every room of the home at prices 20-60% less than department and specialty store regular prices. HomeGoods has over 280 stores nationwide and 14 in the Chicago area including Algonquin, Bloomingdale, Countryside, Downers Grove, Geneva, Gurnee Mills, Lemont, Lombard, Morton Grove, Mundelein, Schaumburg, Shorewood, Palatine and Wheaton For store locations, visit www.homegoods.com.

Outdoor Seating Area:
  • Striped Cube: $24.99 (HomeGoods) vs. $50 retail
  • Two (2) Folding Teak Chairs: $49.99 (HG) vs. $100 retail
  • Folding Teak Table: $34.99 (HG) vs. $70 retail
  • Two-Piece Cushion Set: $34.99 (HG) vs. $65 retail
  • Print Pillow: $14.99 (HG) vs. $26 retail
  • Outdoor Rug: $29.99 (HG) vs. $60 retail
  • Decorative Pig: $19.99 (HG) vs. $40 retail
  • Tall Lantern: $69.99 (HG) vs. $120 retail
  • Short Red Lantern: $16.99 (HG) vs. $30 retail
  • Folding Screen: $99.99 (HG) vs. $160 retail
  • Urns: $12.99 - $19.99 (HG) vs. $22 - $36 retail
  • Pitcher: $12.99 (HG) vs. $25 retail
  • Glasses: $3.99 each (HG) vs. $8 retail
Seaside Style Tabletop:
  • Tablecloth: $9.99 (HG) vs. $19.99 retail
  • Charger: $2.99 (HG) vs. $5 retail
  • Dinner Plate: $3.99 (HG) vs. $6 retail
  • Coastal Blue Plate: $7.99 (HG) vs. $13 retail
  • Bowl: $2.99 (HG) vs. $4 retail
  • Placemats (set of 4): $8.99 (HG) vs. $16 retail
  • Napkins (set of 4): 3.99 (HG) vs. $6 retail
  • Beaded Placemats: $12.99 each (HG) vs. $20 retail
  • Blue Urn: $24
  • Starfish: $12.99 (HG) vs. $25.99 retail
  • Goddess of the Sea: $29.99 (HG) vs. $58 retail
  • Blue Candle: $6.99 (HG) vs. $12 retail
  • Candle Holder: $5.99 (HG) vs. $10 retail
  • Global Style Tabletop:
  • Tablecloth: $14.99 (HG) vs. $24 retail
  • Chargers (set of 4): $12.99 (HG) vs. $26 retail
  • Dinner Plate: $2.99 (HG) vs. $5 retail
  • Wine Glass: $2.99 (HG) vs $5 retail
  • Tumbler: $2.99 (HG) vs. $5 retail
  • Serving Tray: $4.99 (HG) vs. $8 retail
  • Salad Bowl: $12.99 (HG) vs. $20 retail
  • Lantern: $19.99 (HG) vs. $40 retail
  • Red Hurricane Lamp: $14.99 (HG) vs. $25 retail
  • Dish Towel (set of two): $5.99 (HG) vs. $11 retail
  • Flatware (20-piece set): $39.99 (HG) vs. $75 retail
  • For more information visit HomeGoods' website at www.homegoods.com.

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