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Take it Outside: Outdoor Decor Ideas

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Can you believe it- the official start of the summer season is only days away. Now certainly is the time to think al fresco.  Think summer and refresh and renew those underused outdoor spaces with these outdoor decor ideas.

Take it Outside

Bring your indoor style outside. Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

Outdoor Draperies: Create intimate spaces within the yard, frame a beautiful view or block one if you feel as though you’re on stage every time you walk outside.


This is a perfect example of bringing your style outside. Scalloped valance and tiedback draperies crave out a dramatic back entry.



e07c052b7b58Whether you choose grommets, pleats or tab tops for your outdoor drapery heading; you need the correct hardware to hang it from.



Who says you can only do draperies in the back yard?

Get Creative: Do you want a frig or bar to make entertaining easy-  peasy? Think summer kitchen. Wish that you had an extra bath to wash off those sandy or dirty feet before you come into the house? Think outdoor shower.

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Our Italian or Iron Art collections can be custom bent to your specs; turning an outdoor faucet into your own private shower or hang one of our custom bent poles from a tree to craft a secluded sanctuary.




Need shade? Use architectural track with cubicle carriers run lengthwise across the space to be covered and fabricate a flat Roman shade with pockets that hold rods . Attach to the carriers to slide the shade easily when needed.

Outdoor Design Tips


Scale the Space: One enormous couch in an area designed for a table and chairs will probably end up being a traffic hazard. Make sure that the furnishings you choose for your patio keep the space open and easy to move around in.


Proportion Rule #1- Height Reigns Supreme.

Keep It All-Weather: Keep your patio looking good for longer than a season or two by choosing soft furnishings that are built to last outdoors. Choose cushion fills that repel moisture and resist mildew, and don’t forget fabrics that are  UV-protected. Sunbrella, Bella Dura and perrennials are a few brands to source. Finally no matter how much outdoor resistant your fabrics and materials are don’t fail to also choose the right hardware. Orion outdoor drapery hardware is first powder coated, then hand painted in the finish of your choice. The final step is an outdoor sealant, giving the best protection against Mother Nature. The outdoor finishing process is applied to rods, brackets and rings, but can also be applied to our accessories like batons and tiebacks, and even bent or arched rods.




Outdoor spaces bring another set of challenges. Draperies and shades need tiedowns or weights to stay in place from wind and weather.  Use this tip from My Crazy Good Life– You’ll need to purchase the following:

  • Large Plastic grommets
  • Bungee Balls
  • D Rings

Attach the plastic grommets to the hem and bungi to a “D” ring screwed into deck or patio.


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Build in function: Patios and decks are great relaxing living spaces, but unless you plan ahead and add function; Mother Nature can sweep in as an uninvited guest, ruining your day or evening outdoors with high temperatures or rain. So, consider adding a retractable awning or umbrella to your outdoor  space.  You’ll have several options depending on your budget and the size of your patio. Such as:

•Retractable awning: This modern shelter allows you to shade your porch and keep it dry during a storm, but you can also retract it to enjoy the sun’s rays. Motorization is also available for hard to reach or specialty installations.

•Sail shades: They’re flexible enough that you can attach them to anything from the side of a house to a tree, and they come in many sizes, shapes and colors to fit any budget and style.

•Umbrella: This back-porch classic is both decorative and functional.


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Outdoor living should appeal to the senses and help relax and refresh you. When dealing with outdoor spaces, texture is your friend. Lattice work, pots made of unusual materials like hypertufa, bamboo curtains and wrought iron all help create an interesting mood.

wanda iron inspirationUse Orion’s Crown or Burgundy collection as vine trainers.

Lavish color is also always an enhancement to outdoor spaces.  If you’re dealing with a plain Jane environment, brighten it up with painted benches and some colorful throw pillows.



Who knew that with  2 pallets and some rope could create this endearing outdoor swing.


Dreaming of an exotic vacation? Create an outdoor space that evokes your fantasy place.

Images via My Crazy Good Life, Wanda Suitt Horton, House beautiful, Pinterest, Orion Ornamental Iron, DIY Creative Ideas.

DIY Trends You Should Know About

Darby Smart, DIY website extraordinaire, just released its Spring  DIY Trend Report and it caught our eye. Why you ask? Well, for starters  total DIY sales is predicted to be  338.3 billion dollars in 2015. We know there is a thriving and market out there of DIYers and crafters and as design entrepreneurs we want to reach that market.

Second, we live in an era where the consumer is empowered and encouraged to design their own products to renovate, to repurpose castoffs into functional and creative art, and even design and construct personalized objects out of recycled materials. The appeal of the DIY lifestyle is not just about frugality or politics: it’s about a deeper connection with authentic craftsmanship and the heart of the artisan through the consumer co- creating. Last, as Makers ourselves, Orion is inspired by other Makers and Creatives. We love to see what they are getting jazzed about . So here’s a DIY take on what trends will be created and constructed this Spring.  See how DIY trends can inspire your decorative drapery hardware choices. I am a bit obsessed with Lovely Lace. Wouldn’t decorative drapery poles look stunning with a lace overlay?  Pearl studded rings?  Which one is your favorite?

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The Language of Drapery Hardware

In today’s decorating world there are all kinds of hardware to hang your window treatments on. One of the first decisions you have to make when designing window treatments is how you are going to hang them? Do you want them to function or not? What kind of hardware are you going to hang them on? Loads of questions to answer right off the bat.

decorative drapery hardware by Orion

Knowing the design vocubulary and speaking the language of drapery hardware will make it easier to answer the questions and make the right choices..

Decorative hardware is a functioning or stationery mounting system that holds window treatments- usually draperies that are meant to be seen- and have decorative elements. Decorative hardware is popular today for stationery side panels or functioning drapery and in a lot of cases take the place of a top treatment.

iron drapery rod and rings by Orion Iron Art

You’ll use either a rod or pole. A rod is usually metal; can be adjustable or traversing and comes in a variety of finishes (brass is gaining popularity) and shapes- from smooth round and square to twisted and fluted.

French Pole by Orion Iron Art

Poles, are usually made of wood or metal, but aren’t adjustable and hold a stationery treatment. Wooden poles come in many types, finishes and shapes like rods.

decorative bracket by Orion iron art

Brackets are what support the rod or pole on the wall. They can mount onto walls, window frames, or even ceilings. (Hint: Mounting on the frame is a no-no; unless you have no other room. Mount your rod/pole up at least four inches from top of trim.) Some brackets are purely functional, while others have a decorative life all their own. You’ll want to make sure you have enough brackets across the width of the rod to support the weight of the treatment. Generally Pros use a bracket every 36- 48 inches.

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Finials are the decorative pieces that you add after the rod or pole and rings are in place. Finials are both decorative and functional; they’re attractive and keep curtain rings from sliding off the rod or pole.

Finials can be traditional, contemporary, glamorous and tailored. Finial materials range from wood, metal and resin to crystal, plastic and stone.




Rings attach the fabric at the top of your treatment to your rod or pole either by sewing them or pinning them. Most rings have a small eye at the bottom to attach to. They come in many finishes to complement your other hardware components.

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Finally, most of these components are sold in sets to make it easier to coordinate, but now that you are fluent in the language of drapery hardware, venture out a bit and think about mixing and matching. No matter what your decorative hardware– it  needs to fit, look great and work properly.