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Stephanie James Talks 2019 Outdoor Design Trends


Co-founder of Allen and James Interior Design firm; award-winning designer who successfully combines a love of interior decorating with a passion for signature designs talks outdoor trends.

Question: What new trends do you see occurring in outdoor living decor?

Outdoor is HOT – Outdoor living is extremely important to our clients and is a huge priority when it comes to not only our residential design projects but also within our boutique as we have a unique collection of outdoor pots, rugs, accessories and pieces of furniture.

Lighting is key – People love spending time outside and a big trend that we are seeing is to be able to incorporate the same elements to their exterior spaces that they would have on the interior. Our clients always ask for a statement lighting piece over their outdoor dining table or seating area, a fun and unexpected chandelier or pendant that creates a defined and welcoming atmosphere.

Rugs are in – Outdoor rugs create warmth and are a great way to add texture and also define the sense of space. Just as clients place accessories throughout the interior of the home, they ask how they can incorporate them into their outdoor spaces.

Live boldly – We love to find unexpected, bold pieces, that our clients would not typically choose, but end up being the wow factor for their whole outdoor space!