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5 tips for outdoor living

Simple. Summer. Chic!  When creating a space outside this summer for relaxation, conversation, or rest, consider these five inspiring tips for stylish outdoor living.


Nature is so full of different textures – add some to your backyard retreat in the form of moisture-treated woven rattan or banana leaf patio lounge chairs.

We’ve all seen some pretty beautiful pieces in rich espresso or black finishes, but the new trend for your outdoor oasis is to go lighter; driftwood and weathered sand are two of my new favourite trends, so don’t be afraid to lighten up and bring something home in either of these airy feeling shades.


Nearly every outdoor space could use a bit of an eclectic edge for visual and tactile interest. Chair cushions done in summery Batik patterns will definitely add an exotic Tropicana touch.

If you’re confidant with your sewing skills, why not pick up some Batik and sea grass material, and combine the two; one side Batik, the other a woven sea grass or jute.


Do away with twinkle lights this year and instead opt for a more whimsical approach to outdoor lighting. Moroccan-inspired metal, paper, and cane lanterns are fun and playful when grouped together in trees or nestled about on a side bench or patio table.

Battery operated globes are a great way to create mood lighting without the fire hazard but be sure to pick up factory waxed lanterns that will last during summer showers.


Just like indoors, a great, little area rug can really ground the look of your outdoor living space – with the added benefit of keeping your toes cool and clean.

Stick to sisal or jute for this one though, as both are easy to clean and replace if necessary.

Water Feature

Soothing and calming — an outdoor water feature is a great way to kick back, relax, and bring the lake even nearer to you this summer. It doesn’t have to be huge; a little table fountain can do the trick.

But if you’re needing something on a more impactful scale, I would suggest implementing a full-height tempered glass water wall for a major — and stunning — feature area.


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Crispin Butterfield is the creative force and mastermind behind Urban Theory; a graduate of Mount Royal University in Calgary, her engaging personality and design-commerce savvy make her a valued and well-respected professional and mentor within her field.

She’s able to uniquely see the parameters and vision of each project in ways her clients often cannot, and has honed the process and proficiency required to grow incredible long-standing client relationships. 

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