Category: Inside and Out

Finding shade was imperative and the overhead pergola offers just enough respite to invite guests outside. (Submitted photo)

Column: How to fix under sized and under used

Commentary by Randy Sorrell The original deck from the custom home build was undersized.  And, consequently,  under used. Western exposure evening sun blasted the small living space, further distracting from the hoped for fun...

The predominantly year-round space allows for comfortable summer outdoor entertaining in the respites of shade where cool breezes meander through. (Submitted photo)

Column: Create a summer, winter escape

Commentary by Randy Sorrell The leafy magnolia gracefully weaves its way through the overhead pergola structure adding a sense of historical relevance to this industrial modern-outdoor living space. The contrast is especially striking as...

Sleek drapes fastened to corner posts offer privacy and protection from the sun. (Submitted photo)

Column: Pergolas: The preferred aesthetic

Commentary by Randy Sorrell Think this homeowner isn’t serious about generating shade and privacy? Look closely and discover stylish solutions for each. A few are traditional tools we’ve employed for decades … leafy shade...

Enjoy a break from technology and design a space to live outside. (Submitted photo)

Column: Live life outdoors with spaces that impact

Commentary by Randy Sorrell Finally, the technology-induced drought for outdoor living has been reversed! Our children initiated this fun-sucking drought fueled by all things FANG (Facebook/Amazon/Netflix/Google). They preferred to be nailed in front of...

Almost any space, even a closet, can be transformed into an organized home office. (Submitted photo)

Column: Creating your home office

Commentary by Sarah Nurmi I recently started my own business and will be working out of my home.  How should I organize my home office? I am glad you asked this, because an organized...

Sorrell will discuss designs such as this in his IDC workshop titled “Inspired Exteriors: Trends in Outdoor Living & Space Design.” The workshop will be at 6 p.m. June 9. (Submitted photos)

Column: Enjoy the IDC experience

Commentary by Randy Sorrell First timers are a little shocked, uncertain of what to expect and a bit overwhelmed. Delightfully so! The products are fresh. The finishes are smooth. And the building is a...