Jamie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design from Brenau University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Business Law from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She is an NCIDQ Registered Interior Designer offering her clients a comprehensive background with 15 years of interior design experience, 10 of those years as owner of her own design studio, and 15 years of experience in the financial sector of corporate business.

Kern’s body of work has been widely published. Her work has been recognized by the American Society of Interior Designers for design excellence and featured as a case study in the interior design textbook “Beginnings of Interior Environments” for the education of up-and-coming interior designers. Her work is featured in the hardback anthology “Modern Interior Design – American Collection” published in 2010.

Outdoor Furniture . . . In October?!? A Definitive “YES”!

Yeah, yeah . . . . I know . . .it’s October. Most of us are overcome with that brief hit of nostalgia we experience at the beginning of every year’s autumn, and we’re already dreading winter’s ensuing anguish. The last thing on your “to do” list is getting your outdoor living space spruced up for spring. You have plenty of time to deal with that next year, right? Sure you do, but this is the time of year when vendors introduce innovation and hot new trends in outdoor furniture so it’s the perfect time for you to get ahead of the crowd!

At a recent trade show I came across a variety of styles, finishes and price points to satisfy any budget or design preference.
One of my favorites is a company called Fermob. Funny name . . . . . . great collection. Their products are environmentally friendly and all tables, chairs, benches come in 24 colors. This aluminum bench has a modern organic shape and is perfect outdoors year round. This is a definite statement piece but it’s surprisingly comfortable as well.
The French cafe look is Fermob’s forte. This particular cafe chair (right) is folding for easy storage and comes with or without arms again in 24 fresh color options. Stacking chair styles are also available

And if you want something that’s a bit more of a lounger, Fermob offers a lower chair with arms (left) that is built for comfort and will also stack for easy winter storage.
So, yeah, you might have winter to deal with before you get the bug to freshen up your outdoor gliving space, but if you’re like me, you’ll put it off until spring is upon you and you’ll find yourself frantically grabbing what’s left on the shelves to make do. So, start doing your homework now so you can avoid getting stuck with the remnants in May!