These days it’s getting harder to distinguish outdoor living spaces from interior ones, as the assortment of decorative fixtures hardy enough for damp and wet locations has expanded far beyond typical lantern shapes.

At the recent International Builders’ Show, held in Orlando last month, many exterior glass door/window companies showcased nearly floor-to-ceiling frameless doors that visually connect the patio and lanai areas with the living spaces indoors, creating a seamless aesthetic.

According to Garden Media Group’s 2018 Garden Trend Report, carving out a private garden area to relax is high on consumers’ wish lists for their homes. Political turmoil, the threat of nuclear war, and the prevalence of natural disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes have caused people’s stress levels to rise. In fact, The World Health Organization predicts that anxiety will become the number one health issue within the next 15 years.

A study from the State University of New York at Oswego stated that people are bringing more plants into their homes because of the health and wellness effects (i.e. helping adults and children breathe easier indoors). Dovetailing with that interest is the growing intrigue with vertical gardening, where homeowners can grow their own lettuce, vegetables, and herbs right in their homes without being dependent on weather conditions outside.

We hope this issue will give you inspiration when creating your outdoor lighting and living areas in your showroom.