Take It Outside

When searching for furnishings for a new home, the focus generally lies on those most-used rooms: the living and dining areas and perhaps the master suite. But in a state like Oklahoma, where outdoor living areas may be utilized year round, attention should also be paid to furnishing patios, sunrooms or other outdoor living areas.

“It does seem that people’s motivation [to purchase outdoor furniture] is weather, and then it’s often ‘an emergency’ to get something right now so that they can enjoy their outdoor space,” says Brian Hughes, showroom manager at SR Hughes. “That can make it difficult to treat the outdoor space with the same degree of creativity that flows throughout the rest of the house.

“We’ve been working hard to start the outdoor space discussion earlier with people so that they can have the time they need to make solid, long lasting decisions,” Hughes continues.

 Hughes offers a tip for creating an inviting outdoor space. “Give yourself some time to create a lasting, fun space,” he says. “It boils down to don’t wait until the last minute and then make hasty decisions about your outdoor space. There are so many great furniture, lighting, rug, accessory and fireplace decisions with reasonable lead times that you can create an original, comfortable, lasting and beautiful space for you, family and friends.”