Monday, July 17, 2006
Room for Improvement: Patio
If you've got a pool chances are you're spending more time outside. But you can't have a pool party without a pretty patio. In tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado is splashing a terrace with some sophisticated style.
WSVN--We're getting a pool area patio ready for summer entertaining on today's room for improvement. And at the same time creating a mini oasis that you can use year round.
Martin: "Barbara, Room for Improvement. Good morning."
Barbara: "Come through here its quicker."
Martin: "All right Barbara, this is an amazing backyard, very tropical as it is with the pool."
Martin: "But um, somethings missing here right?"
Barbara: "I want to create like a special place where i can relax, look at the pool."
Martin: "So when it comes to entertaining outdoors, you've got to have a place to sit, eat and mingle, and that's exactly what all this furniture is for. This and some other surprises will make this patio truly special."
We have a beautiful tericota color on the wall, so I opted to go light with the wicker outdoor furniture to give it a nice contrast.
You've got to love these outdoor area rugs.
So here's a shopping tip, retail stores are usually one season ahead when it comes to their merchandise, so that means that if you're looking for summer items, now is the time to buy cause its all on clearance. I go this entire set thirty percent off, and its always a good thing when you can save some money.
If you want to capture that exotic look, go ahead and combine different elements, we have bamboo, we have wicker, we have cicel, and it just gives it that eclectic style.
These Styrofoam planters give you the look of cast stone without the back breaking weight and of course the cost. Super light weight.
Its not only decorative, but if you have mosquitos and you are being attacked, just go ahead and hide inside, why not? As a last resort of course.
And not that we have this beautiful backdrop, lets go ahead and dress up this opening just to create more of an resort like feel.
Now you've seen me use curtain panels outdoors before so that's nothing new. What's different about this is the actual rod. I'm using a PVC pipe. Its cheap, its durable, and it comes in different lengths.
Now for some extra drama if you're throwing a party, just go ahead and purchase a scarf, drape it over the beam, it flows nicely in the wind for a really romantic touch, and then finish off with a string of lights for some added ambiance at night.
Final touch is the Budda head so we have a place where we can meditate and relax after a long day at work. And as you can see, I'm done for today.
This morning the pool terrace wasn't being used to it's full potential but be using furniture and accessories that can stand the weather we now have a relaxing retreat all in one day final budget less than a thousand dollars.
Martin: "At the count of three you can open your eyes. 1, 2, 3."
Barbara: "Wow! This is so beautiful. This is gorgeous. Thank you. Thank you."
Martin: "So now we've created a beautiful outdoor setting that we can use more often, so here's to decorating and entertaining, this summer, with style. Until next time. This is the life."
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