My Take on Alfresco Dining: Notes from HGTV's Design Wars

For many of you, the 1pm time slot that my HGTV Design Wars Episode aired in was no good.  After all people have jobs.  I get it.  It took a few days, but many of you have finally seen the episode and boy did you have comments.  Now, I'm not going to go into a lot of details about filming and what happened on set.  We just don't have that type of time. I will say though, because this was the comment that I got the most, that I did not know that she felt that way about purple until it was too late.  The rest of course is the magic of television. The second comment that I got a lot was that I looked really pissed off.  I wasn't.  Filming this for HGTV was one of the high lights of my year.  I really enjoyed the cast and crew and would do it all again in a heartbeat. So with that out of the way, here is an indebt look at my space for the Alfresco Dining Episode. {HDWAR-113H}

Alfresco Dining simply means dining outside in the fresh air. Is there anything better than having family and friends over for some wine and steaks on the patio? I think not.  What I wanted to do was show viewers how they could transform their outdoor space into a global dining experience full of vibrant color and textures.

I used the Lyckoax duvet cover and Karit bed spread from Ikea to make the pillows and table runner.  I added additional pillows and accents from Home goods to finish off the space.  Why I hope you'll love this idea...  The fabric which adds the visual interest that this space needs can be changed for less than $60.00. This means endless possibilities for the homeowner who loves to entrain. None of your outdoor dinner parties have to have the same theme.

I choose furniture that had both a worn and global feel to them.  I wanted them to be a part of the experience as well.  The Chinese table and bench were pulled from the back of a friend's storage facility and added to the patio.  The bar was also a great find and added much needed drink and linen storage.
*Here’s something that you might not have know.  You can have car covers sewn into slipcovers for your outdoor furniture.  It's not a year round solution, but it definitely carry you through the summer months and the occasional down pour. 

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  1. Hi Kimberly!!! I just had to pop in and tell you I loved watching you on Design Wars. I thought your Alfresco Dining was FaB! You know I'm loving the purple girl:) Wonderful to see you...

  2. Thanks Natalie. Glad you were watching andglad you liked it. There is so much more to come.


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