Neutral Zone

By Carol Tisch April 1, 2012

The newest decorating frontier is the roof-covered open space between interior rooms and the swimming pool—a beautiful, breezy setting for fashion’s new neutral colors and finishes. Anything goes as long as it’s gray, taupe, white or cream; and products made for the outdoors are being used inside as well—and vice versa. Get the look at a bevy of new stores (Carl’s Patio, Bacon’s Outdoor Living, and Robb’s Patio) and from the international designers carried by Home Resource, The Sarasota Collection and Main Street boutiques. No need to travel to Miami or New York to think outside the (garden) box.

Double takes are the norm for decks outfitted with Weather Master’s cushy white outdoor furniture that looks like it belongs indoors. Colin Loveseat ($3,747) at Bacon’s Outdoor Living, 7522 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 924-7886.

Ecosmart Fire

Light My Fire Glowing flames warm up the patio in Bulb ($995) from Ecosmart Fire’s stunning new outdoor range of products fueled by environmentally friendly denatured alcohol. American Grill & Hearth, 2881 Clark Road, Sarasota (941) 925-3985.

Head Turners

Head Turners Vietri’s newest Rustic Garden vessels are hand-turned in Tuscany in sophisticated gray and cream ($171 to $281 shown), just like the company’s beloved dinner ware. Order at Ashley Avery’s Collectables, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 366-3444.

Concrete Poetry?

Concrete Poetry? Elegant Earth’s made-in-America concrete table (shown, $795), benches and planters are pure poetry indoors, although these trend-right best-sellers were designed for patio and garden. Coquillage, 1515 Main St., Sarasota (941) 487-7160.

Pietra Dura inlaid marble hand-crafted (JEANNE CIASULLO)

Channel the Taj Mahal’s gardens with a table of Pietra Dura inlaid marble hand-crafted in India with surprising contemporary flair ($975). It’s perfect inside the home or outside on deck or patio. Black Bird Home Gallery, 1540 Main St., Sarasota (941) 366-0941.

Seat of Power

Seat of Power Designer Kenneth Cobonpue switches from delicate wire to jumbo crochet effect with his new Cabaret series, available in indoor/outdoor finishes and fabrics for one expansive, coordinated statement (outdoor chair, $2,685). Home Resource, 741 Central Ave., Sarasota (941) 366-6690.

Pottery Barn’s flowing grommet drapes

Frame your view with the newest fashion in coordinated living room and lanai environments: Pottery Barn’s flowing grommet drapes in weather-resistant polyester with water-repellent pewter grommets ($59-$70). 

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