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Sacramento Interior Designer Offers 3 Ways to Step Up Your Outdoor Space

05/25/2016 09:43AM ● By David Norby

Whether curating an outdoor kitchen or reconstructing a beautiful new deck, something about the warm weather makes the team here at Kerrie Kelly Design Lab want to blur the lines between the indoors and out with beautiful design and fashion-forward functionality. Living in Cali, it’s key to create an inviting, curated space for outdoor entertaining. Here are a few ways to add fashion-forward function to your backyard for the perfect outdoor sanctuary.



Whether you’re cooking up ribs for a family birthday party, or grilling lobster for two, a barbecue is the star of the outdoor kitchen. We love ones made of stainless steel, because they’re easy to clean and withstand the heat of the outdoors. Make sure to find a grill equipped with features that you know you’ll need—like plenty of space for multiple entrées or a griddle area for carefully cooking veggies or fish. Choose a few complementary appliances to go with it too, like a wine fridge or prep area.



Another key aspect of the perfect outdoor entertainment area is the fabric used on cushions and pillows. Fabrics like Sunbrella are durable, heat-resistant and easy to clean, making them the ideal finish for your favorite chaise or outdoor seating. Create a space that mimics indoor living with multiple cushions and pillows for a comfy dining or sitting area for you and your guests.



Last but certainly not least, outdoor kitchens and dining areas need accessories to spice up the space. Elements like area rugs, placemats, linens, lighting and entertainment systems go a long way. Choose an outdoor rug that’s both comfortable underfoot and beautiful to look at, and complement it with placemats and dining ware that matches your style. Outdoor lighting is also a must for when entertaining goes into the wee hours. We love the way outdoor floor lamps look next to cushioned spaces. Finally, always remember to have a few extra candles for ambiance!

What are some of your favorite ways to style an outdoor space? Email us at and let us know!

 Kerrie L. Kelly is an award-winning interior designer, author and multimedia consultant. She has authored two books: ‘Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide,’ published by Oxmoor House, and ‘My Interior Design Kit,’ with Pearson Professional and Career Education. To contact her, visit or call 916-706-2089.

Photos courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. Head shot of Kerrie by Donte Fontana.

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