Home and Garden Entrepreneurs: Watch for Summer Outdoor Style Trends

Warm summer days are here and those nice breezy mornings a joy to be out and about. And because I was thinking about summer and the outdoors, I decided to go and talk to one of my favorite Entrepreneurs. Ill not mention names Anyway, for all you landscapers out there today’s post is about entrepreneurs in the outdoor design and styling fields. We want to talk about the fabulous outdoor design trends for this year. The idea is to make consumers think about getting their patio or deck redecorated, remodeled, or updated. But to do that as a local entrepreneur you need to know what those trends are.  

It’s time to stop thinking of the modern concrete look and bring in the retro and natural stylish looks. For 2017, the trends are all about natural materials, retro styles and cool or neutral colors.

So let’s go ahead and take a look at 8 top trends you will be seeing for this summer.

  1. Bring the Indoors Out

Get ready to bring the indoors outside. The biggest trend this year is to experience a seamless transition from the indoor livingroom or sunroom to your outdoor space. Use outdoor rugs, sofas, side tables and throw pillows to make it all seem very inviting. The backyard is now an extension of the indoor space, and you get to decorate it with fun outdoor furniture and decor just as if you were indoors.


  1. Fun Printed Pillows


A sure way to make the outdoors look more inviting is to add fun colored pillows. Look for bright colors to cozy up your backyard.

  1. Keep Your Color Palette Cool


Some of the favorite fabric colors this season are soft coastal blues, bisque and ivory. And of course lets not leave out the already trending bambu and jute colors.

  1. Retro is Back

Forget that ornate outdoor furniture of a few years ago. Now the big trend is RETRO. If you can’t find real retro furnishings, don’t worry! Lot’s of manufacturers are bringing the retro look back in their new furniture designs. Natural, woven styles and even crochet are the hot items. Think 70’s with rattan and wicker inspired pieces.

  1. Non-Traditional Colors

Although ratan is back, the manufactured materials are stronger and the new off the wall colors of woven furniture is fantastic. Think light blue distressed, or bright blues and oranges.

  1. Natural Materials

When it comes to outdoor furniture the trend is to go with natural fibers and materials. Wood is hot and teak is a wonderful material used in many of this summer’s outdoor areas. Think of a teak table and chairs that will turn to a weathered gray over time.

  1. Unexpected Metal Sculptures

So florals are not new, but they are when styled from metal sculptured wall hangings. Hand-painted metal sculptures are a great addition to any outdoor living area.

8. Mosaic is Back

Mosaic tables are back and a huge trend as both dining and accent tables. Brightly colored ceramic and glass are all the rage.

Why Entrepreneurs Play a Key Role in The Future of The World

The term “Anarchy” is an interesting one. When you hear it you probably envision a political uprising, but anarchy can also be used to describe an intellectual revolution. According to Paul Feyerabend, a famed philosopher of science, it is a willingness to overthrow the established order, in order to discover and move on in the advancement of science and technology. In his writing Against Method, Feyerabend suggested that creativity is spawned by new knowledge and that it can’t be governed by a fixed set of rules.

So where does that tie in with the entrepreneurship? Simply put, the principle that Feyerabend and other scientist have tried to set forth is that if we want research, science and technology to advance then the relationships we have with our conventional methods of investigation, design, and creation should be treated as extended love matches and not as marriages. The irony of current innovation and production processes is that the logical methodologies used to generate a product eventually become the chains that inhibit us from thinking beyond the acceptable processes. Essentially when we discover a new product, system, idea or service, we protect it with patents, monetize it, and then state that this is the absolute truth, allowing for no alternative; no flexibility.


Traditional Methodologies

Changes and progress occur everywhere; However, these chains of traditional old-school methodology hold tight in the manufacturing technologies, making the use of creative ideas, the implementation of new technologies and faster turnaround times for new product integration. Even so, those business innovators that do implement cutting edge innovation, ideas and practices are facilitating an important transition from the more conventional static supply chains to a more dynamic demand-driven supply chain, where the customer defines the quality of product and service he wants. 


The Difference

This more dynamic supply chain shift has been playing out for a number of decades, but never have the effects been so significant as they are with the modern consumer. The results of a shift from a static push-based supply chain (one where the manufacturer must push, sell and make the consumer buy) to a more dynamic and demand drive supply chain (one where the manufacturer only produces enough of a product to meet the demands of the customer), are visible across the board in a wide range of products. A ready example of this difference can be seen in the postwar success of GM, when the manufacturer decided to offer a wider range of consumer vehicles compared to the more limited selection of Ford during the same period.


The Need

So today manufacturers understand they needed to deliver a customer’s needs at lightning speed, they needed statistics, data and processes that could instantly create these changes. . . And that requires the help of entrepreneurs, innovators and the power of digital technology.

In Comes the Local Entrepreneur or Tinkerer

Surprisingly, technology assumes an important role in both technology and non-digital items, services and solutions. So although a product may not be technological, it may be produced or made using cutting edge tools. These tools are of primary importance when creating, developing or manufacturing new products. It is this that allows for the creation and manufacture of products in a more efficiently, faster and at a much smaller cost.

The need to customize and to create a dynamic supply chain that meets customer needs also requires the help of efficient and productive programmers and innovators who help create, evolve or speed up the production of these products and/or services.

Faced with this restrictive environment, and the inflexibility of the corporate environment, the solution to quick and creative innovation is the association between corporations and local entrepreneurs or tinkerers; a creative alliance that offers great innovative possibilities and opportunities in the various consumer markets. 

Local entrepreneurs can come from any background and any walk of life.  For instance, much of the information of this article comes from a local entrepreneur and thinker, John Whatson, a local artist.