Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

6 Top Design Trends for Outdoor Spaces

By: Nina Asusa

6 Top Design Trends for Outdoor Spaces

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6 Top Design Trends for Outdoor Spaces
Summer is almost here, which means less time spent hibernating inside, and more time spent outside on the patio! A lot of focus is often put on indoor design trends, but outdoor design is just as important, especially if you plan to spend lots of time in your yard.
There’s a new movement towards blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces, with homeowners wanting to make their yards as livable as possible. Whether you’re looking forward to lounging outside with a good book, or can’t wait to entertain your friends and family, these are the top design trends for outdoor spaces this year!
1. Blending Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
This year, there will be less of a contrast between indoor and outdoor spaces. Homeowners are designing their outdoor spaces to flow seamlessly from the indoors, creating a seamless transition between the two. A well-designed and decorated outdoor space acts as an extension of your home, creating an additional living space for you to enjoy.
2. Outdoor Kitchens and Fireplaces
In keeping with blending the indoors and outdoors, more homeowners are opting for outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. Livability is top priority, and the more you can do outside, the better functioning that space will be. Consider fun additional features such as a pizza oven in your outdoor kitchen and lots of comfortable seating around your fireplace.
3. Deep Seating
Low, deep seating is making a mark in the outdoor design world, with comfort and relaxation at top of mind. Deep seating allows you to lounge and put your feet up- it’s perfect for lazy afternoons spent outside reading or chatting with friends. The younger generation loves low, deep seating since it allows you to get more relaxed, however, don’t forget about older guests who prefer higher seating that’s easier to get out of. A good mix will keep everyone happy!
4. Mix and Match Materials
2019 will also see more mixing of materials for outdoor spaces, giving your yard visual interest. Materials such as rope, rattan, metal and upholstery are taking front stage this year- think rattan chairs with fabric cushions. Gorgeous aged materials mixed with more contemporary styles is another pairing rising in popularity!
5. Neutral and Coastal Colour Schemes
Neutral colours are cozy and timeless, making them the perfect palette for your outdoor space. Neutrals blend in to your outdoor environment, creating a relaxing, tranquil atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy. Add interest with textured materials and colourful accents. Coastal blues also offer a peaceful vibe for your outdoor oasis.
6. Lightweight and Low Maintenance
When you’re choosing your furniture, go for lightweight, low maintenance materials. Materials such as powder-coated aluminum, resin wicker, and powder-coated stainless steel are all great options that are durable, weather-resistant, and low maintenance. They’re easy to move around on your deck or patio and are ideal for smaller yards since they don’t take up much space!
If you’re getting your yard set up for summer, use these design trends for outdoor spaces to make your patio a stand out!