It’s a time to switch things up, refresh and renew your backyard. Here are my top 5 outdoor trends for spring.

High Performance Outdoor Sound

I love music and I play it all day long and there’s no exception when I go outside to relax and enjoy the warmer weather. I love the high-performance outdoor sound that Paradigm has to offer. Long gone are the days of the boom box or the huge speaker systems. This company offers discrete luxury speakers that can be wall or deck mounted and faux rocks that can mix right into your garden. There is even a garden oasis system with an underground subwoofer for large areas.

Outdoor sound system

Shading Style

While I love the outdoors, shade is of the utmost importance. This year I am obsessed with pergolas. They have retractable systems that allow the light to shine in when you want a few rays, but you can also crank the roof closed when you need some shade. The great thing about these systems is that they can be built to spec for odd shapes, attached to an existing structure or they also have great stand-alone units.


Grilling Galore

There is nothing Canadians love more than firing up the grill and when your grill can match your decor it’s even better! I love the Weber Spirit II Series that comes in four bold colours so you can add the perfect barbecue to match your decor. My choice would be the gorgeous ivory colour to add to my small space patio.

Weber Grill

Burn Baby Burn

Adding a fire element to an outdoor space helps to elongate the season, creates an atmosphere of warmth (literally warm up next to the fire) and just adds a touch of sophistication. You can choose a stand-alone unit that can be purchased at most big box stores or, if you are creating your space from scratch, it’s great to incorporate a built-in unit that fits right into your design.

Backyard fire element

The Final Touches

I love adding accessories to an outdoor space that really tie it all together. HomeSense has amazing seasonal accessories that bring your space to life at affordable prices. I love to add trays, lanterns and faux plants (yes, even in an outdoor space) to my backyard designs. Pillows are also a great way to add colour and comfort to your space. I have an entire line of outdoor pillows that are fully washable and are available on my site in a variety of colours and patterns.

outdoor space

By Jo Alcorn, founder of whitewash & co and Alcorn Home | Produced by Reno & Decor

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