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360 HOME LIVING:THIS FALL GO ALL OUT! RETHINK OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

Orange, reds, yellows, greens and browns. The wide display of colors suggests a bottomless bucket of ideas for entertaining this fall. Whether is getting ready for “trick or treaters” or just embracing fall, October marks the beginning of a new mood for decorating and entertaining for the rest of the year. The outside becomes the perfect picture. One that you want to look from your porch, your deck or patio while zipping on a glass of wine, in the company of good friends, while you wait for that first knock on the door and the anticipated tone-driven request for candy.

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The often used expression eating "Al fresco", which is Italian for "in the cool [air]”, in combination with the season makes us rethink the outdoor entertainment idea. This is a time that calls for rediscovering our favorite spaces inside and outside. If you are considering a new project or would like to make changes in the use of an outdoor space, aim at offering yourself and your guests a thorough experience that involves all senses. Make sure to incorporate texture, smell, hearing, and taste experiences in your house in addition to your common sense of sight used for design. How? Well, when you think about a screened-in porch, a stone patio with a brick outdoor chimney or stone pizza oven, a grotto space - or maybe just the sound of nature - the idea probably starts forming quickly in your mind. Creating an outdoor space is a big step, but when you are ready you may want to think about areas that can be used all year round, or as we like to call it 360 Home Living. The use of natural materials are an inspiration to integrate your ambiances. The combination of cool breeze and the warmth of a chimney or a fire pit make the perfect combination for sitting and enjoying a fall night...or any night.

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If your fall idea takes you to Halloween immediately and outside decorations are your thing, maybe a change in the siding paint will make the trick this year. Your choice in exterior finish can give your home a different feel in a short time. Use warm colors, earth tones and maybe take some risk with yellows. You may find the new touches inspiring for future projects.

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Doors and windows are important too. People take a long time to decide on doors and windows and they should! A door is, with your exterior finish, the first impression to your home. It is the invitation to meet your style: casual, classic or contemporary. Back doors are as important. Glass doors and windows have a two way welcoming meaning specially if you have a favorite back space. Your doors and windows are the connection between these opposite areas and it is important to craft that synergy.

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The weather is still cooperating, so the idea of eating out is still in! No pun intended. Who said we can’t have Italian dinning style at our finger tips? Simple ideas can take you anywhere.

Our inspiration pictures are collections of AV Architects + Builders and its 360 Home method. Other pictures in this issue are from Pinterest and Architectural Digest 2011.