As we officially enter the summer season, it's inevitably time for us to head outside for pool lounging and al fresco dining. As pleasant as this scene sounds, this may also be the moment when you re-examine those great outdoor living spaces. With the clock ticking, the weather warming and more people opting to stay at home, there’s never been a better time to assess the exteriors and ask if you’re utilizing the open-air space to its fullest potential.
We are no strangers to boosting the backyard scenes of our clients and this summer is no different. We spoke with some of the most esteemed exterior designers in our professional network who we consider subject matter experts and whose serene outdoor spaces align with the BEYOND id aesthetic. Read on to learn more from our team and our industry colleagues on the latest trends and necessities, in addition to sought-after advice for creating inspired, impactful visions.
Summer months are paired with a blazing sun. Whether you’re mindful of the health hazards that come with sun exposure, or perhaps sensitive to the heat, an outdoor space loses most of its functionality when the hot, direct sunlight hits.
The need for shade is a common starting point for Randy Angell of Randy Angell Designs.
Randy Angell and his team know the major improvement covered outdoors can bring to their clients’ lifestyle so they can not only utilize the yard on temperate days but utilize it as often as they’d like, regardless of the sun’s rays. They opt for custom-style structures, built with metal in a sleek, modern finish like these louvered roof options. We are big fans as these maintain continuity of a refined space from the interior to the exterior.
One of our favorite heat-fighting discoveries is MistAmerica, an outdoor cooling system that can refresh and chill patios by 30 degrees. We connected with the co-founders Jonathan and Valeri Marsh to share their insights, “When the weather turns hot, we think we have to stay locked inside in the cool AC rather than reclaiming and enjoying our beautiful outdoor spaces we love so much. Our mist systems give you back your backyard.”
We are particularly fans of their system as it can be integrated into shade structures, custom painted to match exterior colors, or installed during the remodeling phase for maximal discretion.
While we are witnessing patios and lawns transitioning to cleaner, simple open spaces, the trends follow suit. Jason Osterberger of Jason Osterberger Designs has clients opting for lounging club chairs over table seating to enhance the relaxing element. Greenery has also shifted from a lush, english-country garden to a more tailored, ordered landscape. Jason also notes that flexible lawn spaces are highly desirable as the areas serve for special occasions and events.
Randy Angell specializes in outdoor water designs like swimming pools, spas, water features, not to mention the intricate water systems to support these elements. He is receiving many requests for simple shaped pools. Rectangle and L-shaped pool designs maintain a clean canvas that won’t compete for attention, but rather can be layered upon with different elements of greenery and outdoor furniture.
“It’s all about relaxation, you need to have this exhale when you see the pool and the space,” says Randy.
More popular than ever are the fire features. While fireplaces can create an excellent statement, they can occasionally feel stagnant and ornamental. Firepits offer families and guests a space to surround and participate in creative activities together, s’mores anyone?
“Build what you want, what is going to improve your life.”
While Randy understands that resale value is a priority, he wants clients to remember that this investment is for them. With that in mind, invest in the things that will most serve you rather than replicating a page torn from your monthly design magazine subscription. When exterior designers collaborate with interior designers like our BEYOND id team, every material is chosen to create high-end customizations that read fluidly from the home’s interiors to the outdoor spaces. Our teams are dedicated to work together to create moments and spaces for you, with your unique vision and needs in mind.
“I never want a space to be a rubber stamp of someone else's yard, I want each space associated with my client.”
Jason shares that prior to diving into the logistics of budgeting on a new project, he prefers that clients share their wildest exterior design dreams so as not to feel their creativity is hindered by budgets. At that point, he and his team can take his client’s inspiration to create grounded in the realities yet something masterful and visionary.
The interconnectedness of interior design and fashion has existed since long before our time. As one category progresses, developing a new artistic vision, it influences and drives the other category and vice versa. From color palettes and textiles to the art of self-expression, the relationship between the two is ever-evolving.
Fashion designer, Lizna Kabani, knew the industry was her calling from a young age, designing garments in her mind in the fifth grade. And while this passion led her to fashion school, it was not until she was home caring for her first child that she realized her dream to develop her own line. Now, a wife and mother of two, she is leading her own label, creating contemporary apparel while also gearing up to pursue her MBA this fall to continue building her business.
For those fluent in interior design or fashion, their eye for style can often help them navigate the sister world. So when Lizna, one of our favorite Dallas fashion designers asked BEYOND id to create a beautiful outdoor space we said yes, knowing this would be a stimulating, creative and collaborative experience for both sides.
And with that deep mutual love for design, this project was off to the races. Our BEYOND id team set out to create an elevated yet practical outdoor living and entertainment space that matched the interior finishes of the Kabani home. With comfortable, modern poolside seating, an a cabana-inspired, all fresco dining space, and an epic, tasteful playhouse for the little ones, we did just that. Browse the new digs below.
This week, we caught up with Lizna to find out how she and her family are living this new normal and quarantining in her BEYOND id-designed space.
“Truly, the most that we've enjoyed the space is right now, in quarantine, '' says Lizna. “We are outside every day. We eat outside with the kids, when the kids go to bed, my husband and I enjoy the firepit and the playground is an everyday favorite.”
True to her profession, Lizna’s favorite feature of the new space is the mixing of high and low pieces. While a popular trend in fashion, integrating upscale, statement items and less-expensive items is often seen in interior design as well. Lizna mentions that their eye-catching, grey-finished table is Elite Modern while the dining table chairs are from Wayfair. The rope-textured chairs complement the modern, concrete-inspired table wonderfully but are easily replaceable if needed.
Lizna also can’t get enough of the color palette. In contrast to the bright outdoors, we created a soothing, neutral environment in a sea of gray but added statement moments with pops of black and white. You can see this style throughout the home, and we wanted to ensure a sense of continuity in the outdoor space, like with the striped throw pillows on the outdoor seating area.
“I live and breathe design elements in my everyday life. From garment manufacturing to my bedding at home, the presentation is key to me,” says Lizna shared when asked about the importance of design in her life. “To have vision of a design, then watching it unfold and come to life is rewarding beyond words.”
Safe to say that when fashion meets interior design, it’s a beautiful thing.
We are especially grateful to have clients like Lizna, who are a joy to work with and fierce matriarchs in their own right. From BEYOND id, thank you and Happy Mother’s Day to all!