Olympic Flowers!

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Olympic Flowers!

I thought I would share this picture a friend of mine sent taken at the Olympics in London today. Thank goodness the English garden is still ever so present amongst all the excitement! 



For the love of it!

For the love of it!



Kim Levell


I think blogging for me has actually been the hardest part of my entry into television more than anything else. It always happens the same way. I psyche myself to work on social media. I type for hours making 10 blogs to run consecutively and then bupkis, nadda, zip. You won’t hear a word from me for weeks.

I started asking myself why is this so darn difficult? Why do I dread this part of the process? Quite honestly I simply don’t enjoy coming up with copious amounts of content. Which is why I do what I do. Otherwise I suppose I would be a blog writer.

So hear is what I proposed to myself. As an exterior designer I pour my heart and soul into every job that best suits my spirit and those of the people I am creating for. Why not tell people why your job gives you such joy. Write a blog about how you completely surprise people with how absolutely comfortable and happy they are in the exterior space that you have created for them. That subcategory is called Inspiration and from time to time I hope I inspire you to get out outside and get closer to nature!



Trends in Outdoor-Exterior furniture

My Favorite Cushion-less Outdoor Chair

My Favorite Cushion-less Outdoor Chair


Airo 2 Chair from Home Crest

I’m usually not a fan of sling style chairs until now. This is truly my favorite collection that Home Crest has and it’s also my favorite cushion-less seating for the exterior. I have several homeowners who like to live life on the edge. The edge of the water that is. The sometimes wicked high sea winds can wreak havoc on cushions, curtains, and accessories. It’s no wonder when the discussion comes up about furniture the first thing on their minds is either no cushions or please be sure they are strapped down! I love these chairs because they come in a wide assortment of colors, the contemporary feel can mesh well with traditional/transitional if done right, and they dry out super fast after a decent rain storm, and you can sit in them for hours without imprints on your pretty little legs.

New Fun Firepits with a Real Dance Around the Camp Fire Feel

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New Fun Firepits with a Real Dance Around the Camp Fire Feel

Orion fire dome and flames Fire Pit

Full Moon Party Fire Pit

Good Directions introduced a new collection of fire bowls this year with a real Sedona camp fire feel. The images kind of remind me of hanging out in a big wood chair, wrapped up in a wool blanket, drinking a warm hot cocoa with some Bailey’s, and listening to the crackle of the fire while I watch the sun set on the mystical red rocks of Sedona Arizona. Known for there copper hammer firebowls I think these are and interesting departure from the traditional styles.

Adorable Numbered Galvanized Steel Burlap Pots

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Burlap/ Galvanzied Planter

This great little container would make a great little ivy pot or herb pot in your favorite sunny kitchen window. It’s the look that blends in with popular trend swinging towrds industrial shiek.

Hot Pot Color Combinations

Hot Pot Color Combo

Pottery Land’s latest import is this colorful orage and yellow combo pot. This just looks like a sunny day to me. On the right patio this combo is sure to pop!

Best liners for hanging baskets and planters

If you wish to help your flowers thrive in thier hanging baskets, window boxes, and planters without drying out too quickly during the summer months try Magni Moist. I like to use this material in the bottom of my pot to not only retain the moisture, but to keep the soil form running out. It’s sold in many different ways whether you are using it for line baskets, window boxes, or full on gardens. It’s Smart Fibers (all-natural Kenaf, a hibiscus derivative), deflect water back into the dry soil above. Only when the soil is fully saturated will MagniMoist become porous and release any excess water. Reduces fertilizer runoff, too! A U.S.-grown alternative with NO chemical binders and NO fumigants (try finding that with imported coco or moss!)

MagniMoist Plant Liners

Lloyd Flanders Coastal? Outdoor Furniture

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Lloyd Flander's Coastal Dining

Picture this you are in the mountains of North Carolina out on a beautiful stone covered terrace over looking the Blue Ridge mountains. Your rustic charmed home is filled with exposed beams, high ceilings, and warmth from your gorgeous stone fire place.The air is crisp, the leaves beautiful shades or gold and red. You just woke up grabbed your ipad and headed outside to sit on your terrace. You are listening to the nature wake up while reading the New York times enjoying your best fair trade blend. What are you sitting on?

This collection has been called Coastal by Lloyd Flanders but I see it as the perfect set for the lodge feel or lakehouse perhaps. I have a friend Kim who has a great lake cabin in Minnesota. I think I need to show her this set it’s perfect for her wood porch nestled outside of her large glass windows on her a frame home. That’s it I’m calling this collection Lake Cottage!  

Llyod Flander's Coastal Collection

Tommy Bahama Outdoor Furniture Great Traditional Coastal

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Tommy Bahama Patio Furniture

This year Tommy Bahama outdoor furniture offered several items that I found filled a void in the industry. The first example of this is true coastal furniture for the traditionalist at heart. I like this line because the synthetic weave has the look of a twisted palm frond. This aluminum and wicker combination offers just the right combo to balance what may be present inside your coastal home. Although Lloyd Flander’s was showing a line that was called coastal I think they should called lodge or lake house and they would get more hits. I can see this collection on big wide open back patio maybe on the inter-coastal, bay, or even the wide open water. This style works beautifully with Carolina coastal all the way down to the Bahamas. Give me a tin roof, margarita, and this Tommy Bahama collection please!

Tommy Bahama Patio Furniture

Tommy Bahama Patio Furniture

 If your looking for these great coastal style finds. You will have to sit tight. The outdoor furniture line is in the processs of changing hands to Lexington.