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June 15, 2015
Every Monday, @dwell and @designmilk invite fans and experts to weigh in on trending topics in design on Twitter. Entrepreneur and designer Bobby Berk joined #ModernMonday this week to share his thoughts on designing outside the home. Check out a few of our favorite responses, and use the hashtag #ModernMonday to join the conversation next week at 1pm EST / 10am PST.
Modern eco-conscious pavilion in California by Feldman Architecture with concrete walls.

Whether you have acres of land or a small balcony, what are the first steps to designing an outdoor space?

@thisisheatherc: Know your zone! Get familiar with your climate so you can plan accordingly

@bobbyberk: Using doors that are able to fully slide open and make your indoor/outdoor spaces join into one large living space

@DektonUSA: Taking stock of your activities. A beautfiul space that doesn't serve you will isn't worth the time. 

@LivingPlug: The first step is evaluating the atmosphere of the space and thinking about how you can enhance it's natural qualities.

 

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Originally appeared in Retirement Never Looked Better and More Sustainable
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Modern living room with a Canadian hayfield view

Interior spaces reflect our personalities and styles - how can we replicate this outdoors?

@Allie_Weiss: Treat outdoor spaces like an extension of your living room. 

@thisisheatherc: Don't be afraid to use color and accessories to bring personality outdoors!

@DecoratorsBest: Outdoor pillows and rugs can bring in personality in the space

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Dwell on Design Award Galanter & Jones

Who are some of your favorite go-to brands or stores for great outdoor design?

@bobbyberk: Galanter & Jones is a MUST have if you live in a climate that is hot during the day, but cold at night.

Originally appeared in Announcing the Dwell on Design 2015 Award Winners
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modern landscaping terrace pie deck reflecting pool granite patio

What are some of your favorite unexpected outdoor products or designs for outdoor spaces?

@thisisheatherc: Spaces that deal with challenges in creative ways, like this tiered back yard

@Organized82: Products that are multi functional, like seating and storage in one!

 

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Originally appeared in An Architect Sculpts Out a Tadao Ando-Inspired Backyard
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The Zizmors' son plays in front of a living wall created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design.

What are some ways to add greenery to your space, specifically in drought climates or smaller spaces?

@aileenkwun: Succulents can provide a resilient, beautiful landscape with little to no water.

@thisisheatherc: Talk to your local pros...they'll have tips on the best plants for your climate/space.

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Dollahite tackled landscaping last, installing climate-sensitive plants in metal planters he designed himself.

What are some ways to prepare and protect your outdoor space for the off season?

@designmilk: Adding a fireplace will help you extend your summer.

@bobbyberk: If you have wood outdoor furniture, be sure to oil and cover it each fall to make sure it survives winter

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Modern eco-conscious pavilion in California by Feldman Architecture with concrete walls.

Whether you have acres of land or a small balcony, what are the first steps to designing an outdoor space?

@thisisheatherc: Know your zone! Get familiar with your climate so you can plan accordingly

@bobbyberk: Using doors that are able to fully slide open and make your indoor/outdoor spaces join into one large living space

@DektonUSA: Taking stock of your activities. A beautfiul space that doesn't serve you will isn't worth the time. 

@LivingPlug: The first step is evaluating the atmosphere of the space and thinking about how you can enhance it's natural qualities.

 

Photo by Joe Fletcher .

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