Advice

Take it Outside

Kansas City designers share advice on decorating outdoor spaces

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“It’s all about visual drama. I avoid matching all the furniture. When everything matches, it feels unimaginative. Try a new sofa with a found pair of chairs. A dining table can be a great stand-alone as an object of beauty. Generally, less clutter feels more sophisticated, but I love a collection of special stones and objects.”

Patrick Kappelmann, Arcadian Design

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“Think about how you use the space and work from there. There are more selections of materials for patios than ever before. Old-brick street pavers, custom-cut stone pavers, concrete, even new porcelain pavers for a more contemporary look.”

Chris Feldkamp, LAND Design Group

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“Treat it as you’d treat any other room. A place to set a cocktail. A spot to put your feet up. It doesn’t have to be designed for ‘outdoors.’ Look for interesting things that personalize it.”

Kristopher Dabner, The Greensman

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“Each project is unique, but we try to design around the four elements: water, fire, food and shelter. From a simple patio with a fountain, fire pit and outdoor kitchen to an elaborate environment around a pool, the core elements are a timeless need for everyone.”

Michael Given, Michael Given Environments

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