Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bring the Indoors Outside

The brutal mix of snow and sub zero temps from this past winter are behind us. Temperatures have even eeked into the 90s this week in the DC area. If you haven't already, it is definitely time to take a good hard look at your outdoor living spaces.

Summer is right around the corner and with it, outdoor entertaining, playing in the yard, and relaxing under the stars. But part of being able to truly relax, is the luxury to bring a bit of indoor comfort to your outdoor living. How best to achieve this when our outdoor furnishing take a beating from everything from snow to sun, has been a problem for quite some time. Until now.

Today there are literally thousands of options designed to withstand Mother Nature's worst, some guaranteeing decade-long beauty. Gone are the days of the folding vinyl-strapped patio chairs. Economical aluminum, plastic, and PVC stand alongside pricier steel and wrought iron, as well as wicker, rattan and treated wood, giving homeowners options that extend their indoor decor to the great outdoors.

But more than just the practicality of somewhere to sit to eat your grilled burger, is this tread towards actually decorating your outdoor living spaces. Fabric cushions and pillows have evolved from just the one outdoor standard of cotton duck canvas to multipurpose upholstery manufactured to be water repellent, and to resist fading from UV rays, mildew, and everyday stains. Additional categories in the outdoor marketplace include rugs, made with the same weather strong qualities as the fabrics, and lighting, to make your outdoor spaces usable after dark.

With all these low-maintenance features readily available in outdoor furnishing and accessories, spending more time outside during the warm months ahead and enjoying the comforts of home in the glory of nature, are easier than ever.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Much More Than Just Throw Pillows

For as long as I can remember, I've been organizing and decorating.

While other girls were busy dressing their Barbie dolls, I was rearranging the furniture in her Malibu beach bungalow for better flow. On many a car trip, I would visualize the houses I saw out the window, with updated siding and manicured landscaping. And just recently, a college friend reminded me that my dorm room closet boasted color coordinating hangers for each type of clothing - white for tops, green for pants... I've changed the colors but I still do that.

One could say that it's part of who I am. So when my situation changed and I needed to be financially independent but still be a full time mother, I made the decision to start my own business, one that played to my natural strengths. And "Bonnie Lia Interiors" was born.

The idea was simple. Help those who are overwhelmed by their possessions, find a balance and an order that they can live their lives in. All too often, I would see organizers creating immaculate spaces that their clients would have no hopes of maintaining. My focus has always been to go beyond making just beautiful spaces and work with my clients and their lifestyles, to help them purge what no longer serves them, to put in place systems that would make their lives easier, and to create a decorative livable space in the process.

Along the way, I've discovered a growing list of outsider observations, helpful household hints, and decorating demystifications. With that in mind, each month I plan to highlight one or more of these topics in this new blog "Transformational Spaces". 

My hope is that this blog will not only be about the transformations that our homes go through, but ourselves as well. Our homes are where we live our lives, where we seek both relaxation and rejuvenation. It stands to reason that a home that is both lovely and well organized, is a source of positive energy that profoundly effects our lives.

And you thought organizing and decorating was just about lining up your throw pillows. ;-)