Outdoor Inspiration | Home & Garden


After two years of pandemic life, Americans are taking inspiration from outdoor living. The International Casual Furnishing Association shows that 71 percent of Americans are spending more time and creating more meaning and purpose in the backyard.

The new report reveals that 89% of Americans have an outdoor living space, whether it’s a porch, patio, deck, garden, balcony, or a shared public space. Improvements people have made over the past year include planting new gardens and trees, purchasing patio furniture, and adding fire pits, seating, and fencing. Planned purchases include outdoor lighting, lounge chairs, fire pits, dining tables/chairs, umbrella, sofa, bar, and cushions and rugs.

“Consumers who have been thinking about upgrading their outdoor space are now doing so to enjoy their extended time at home with more style and comfort,” said Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the American Home Furnishings Alliance and general manager of its outdoor division, The International Casual furnishing association.

“The pandemic hasn’t stopped manufacturers from creating new styles and designs, and retailers are working hard to ensure consumers have access to what makes them happy.”


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