Outdoor Design Ideas

Summer is officially here which means many of us will be spending quite a bit of time outside!  For DIYers still scratching their heads on how to make the most of their backyard or patio, we have a few tips and tricks for an amazing outdoor oasis!

Outdoor Spaces

Pinterest has no shortage of inspiring design ideas, but don’t forget functionality when prepping your space.  Ask yourself, will you be using it to dine outdoors, or are you going for more of a lounge look?  Also, think about the location and materials of your seating area. Is the space covered?  If you have your heart set on a gorgeous wooden patio set with custom cushions, consider how direct sunlight and rain may impact the materials’ appearance over time. Finally, the old adage is true: Quality over quantity.  Invest in your space now to enjoy it for years to come.

Flowers and plantings can really set your outdoor area apart, but according to Garden Design Magazineone of the top trends in 2016 is being subtle. Experts say instead of going over the top with a wide variety of colors and plants, consider complimentary colors, or one tone, as well as plantings that can transition into fall/winter.

Given the unpredictability of Chicago area weather, another trend is to pick hearty, highly-tolerant plants.  Doing so can give your garden vitality through dry summers and wet winters.  Landscapers are calling this concept “naturescaping”. Using native plants which will attract birds, insects and other wildlife is an environmentally friendly plan.  It also has low-maintenance appeal while providing the beauty you desire.

Fountains have long been used to add an element of dimension to  your space. This year, however, instead of installing a pricey water feature, think about utilizing storm water in a new way.  Rain barrels or rock walls can be designed to add a relaxing focal point and act as a collection and distribution system for other areas in the garden.  Stone sculptures and pottery are also popular centerpieces this year.

We recognize there will always be experts telling you what is IN and what is OUT. While we have mentioned just a few of the latest trends in outdoor and landscape design, it ultimately is up to you to settle on your own style.  If you don’t know where to begin, we recommend starting small.  Over time, your space will grow into the oasis you’ve been waiting for.

Top Home Design Trends in 2016

Pantone recently announced Rose Quartz and Serenity as the top two tones of 2016!  These complimentary colors are just one element influencing design ideas in the new year.  Houzz also put together a list of 25 home design trends, so we thought we would bring you our top 5 favorites!

Kitchen Cabinet TrendsColor Blocking Kitchen Cabinets
Love it or hate it, two-tone cabinets have slowly been making their way into modern kitchens and this theme is now high on buyers’ look lists.  Designers suggest keeping the upper cabinets a clean white or light color and then choosing a darker, even whimsical, tone for the bottom drawers and doors.  If you have an island, flow the darker color through to tie the whole look together.

Go Big!
Extra-large tile formats are the go-to look for today’s contemporary rooms.  Houzz suggests dimensions closer to 31 x 71 over the already widely used larger 12 x 24 tiles. Consider updating your kitchen back-splash or the fireplace surround which will draw eyes for a minimal and clean look.

Formal Diningdining room design
While many homeowners have turned their dining rooms into more casual eating areas, 2016 wants you to bring back the beauty! If you entertain frequently, consider amping up your space with a dramatic lighting fixture or bold wall covering. High-back, upholstered chairs are also a nice touch for a formal feel.

Fabulous Reflections
Statement mirrors are an easy way to upgrade your bathroom. Rather than one large, wall mirror, or the traditional medicine cabinet variety, consider mounting two circular mirrors above each sink.  The trend is to mix and match materials such as wood and metal.  Suspending the mirrors with ropes or from a metal rod can also add an industrial element to your bathroom.

Bold Bedrooms
Striking features are not just for dining these days.  This trend also extends to the bedroom.  Bedroom DesignDesigners suggest statement wall-coverings and continuing the look on to the ceiling. Reclaimed wood headboards that frame the bed and extend up the wall are also an idea for those who prefer a more rustic look.


For more 2016 home design trends, you can read the full Houzz article here and don’t forget to follow the McCleary Group while you’re there!

Kitchen Design Trends

We love the various ways homeowners style up their space. And let’s face it, we do quite a bit of living in the kitchen! From classic to contemporary, these truly are some Great Rooms! What do you think of these designs?

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12 S Adams Hinsdale Kitchen
12 S Adams Hinsdale, IL
355 Minneola Hinsdale Kitchen
355 Minneola Hinsdale, IL
434 S Vine Hinsdale Kitchen
434 S Vine Hinsdale, IL