Top 10 Outdoor Trends
From luxe spas to backyard kitchens.
By Brack Johnson
Whether it's a state-of the-art kitchen in an expansive Pittsboro backyard or a wallet-friendly retreat in a Raleigh courtyard, this month's focus is out of doors. Here's what's hot!
|1. Outdoor rooms||2. Food||3. Carolina natives|
|Furnishings and amenities, including TV and audio systems, create spaces with the feel and function of indoor rooms.||Gardens grow herbs, fruit and vegetables as well as chickens and bees.||Easily sustainable, drought-tolerant plants and trees like to live here.|
|4. Water||5. Indoor styles||6. Fire|
|Fountains and other ornamental water features are in vogue.||Fade-resistant and waterproof outdoor fabrics, made possible by acrylic fibers, allow for comfy furniture.||Nights are ablaze with all kinds of fire pits and fireplaces.|
|7. Natural areas||8. Structures||9. Spas|
|Less grass and more meadow is key.||Arbors, pergolas, elevated dining areas and tree houses are impressive.||Places to go "ah," such as hot tubs, whirlpools and saunas, are tops.|
|10. Outdoor kitchens, dining areas and bars|
|Only a grill? That's so 2012!|