Wednesday, July 20, 2011
How to Create a Tropical Oasis and Keep Your Cool!
Hard Keeping Your Cool?
The days (and nights) of summer are long and hot. A tropical oasis offers shade and protection from sun and rain while providing additional living space for entertaining, dining alfresco, or simple relaxation. The primary aim for a design is comfort and informality. In some locations around the country, these spaces will be able to be used year round.
Larger areas can handle larger lighting fixtures. Use lights at various heights: lanterns of different sizes grouped on the floor, on table tops, or from trees; string lights, oil-burning torches; and for a bit of elegant whimsy, find an old brass or crystal chandeliers that burn candles.
Add romance with porcelain garden seats and small sculptures strategically placed. Define the space with blooming plants potted in large urns, lattice screens, or trellises covered with sweet smelling vines. Music, of course, adds to the ambience. And if a grill is available, or better yet, if there’s access to a complete outdoor kitchen, you have a truly self-contained and functional space!
Relax, stay cool, and enjoy nature!
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