Spring is here, and what better place to celebrate nature’s annual awakening than outside on your patio or deck? It’s just the spot to host an it’s-finally-spring party (or even to chill solo with a cocktail and a good book). But all deck décor is not created equal, so before you gather friends and family and kick off the outdoor season, take the time to piece together a welcoming retreat with some help from these tips.

Deck Retreat

Keep your décor colorful, your food and drinks convenient, and strive for a good balance of shady and sunny areas (with plenty of relaxing seating). Then you can kick back and bask in the spring-ready glory of your outdoor space.

Our Let’s Lounge Alfresco: The Outdoor Living Room and Let’s Toast Spring: The Outdoor Cocktail Party Boutiques open Wednesday, March 27, at 3PM ET.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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March 27, 2013

Spring Trends

With spring trends popping up left and right, I took the liberty of weeding out one must-have item for everyone – and I mean everyone. From the of-the-moment men’s shoe to the dress to be seen in on the playground, this is what the stylish will be rocking this season.

For Men: The Smoking Slipper
Laces were so last year. For 2013, step into spring with these oh-so-dapper slip-ons (and skip the socks).

For Women:  Graphic Prints
Warning: This trend is not for the faint of heart, so go big or go home – and keep those accessories minimal.

For Girls: The Shirtdress
This trend has already spread like wildfire for us grown-ups, and now it’s all over the playgrounds, too.

For Home: Houndstooth
A menswear classic, let this traditional pattern (in new color combos) sharpen up your space in the form of shower curtains, throws, and decorative pillows.

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By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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March 14, 2013