The power of plants and other exterior design secrets from Allen & James

Casual Living Editor Jennifer Bringle chats with interior designers Patti Allen and Stephanie James of Allen & James Interior Design about creating stylish, functional outdoor rooms. The designers also chat about the power of greenery and why they started a plant business in conjunction with their retail operation.

Jennifer Bringle is editor in chief of Casual Living. She has covered the casual industry for several years, and prior to that she served as editor in chief of sister publication Kids Today, focusing on the youth furnishings industry. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, HuffPost, Southern Living and Parents, among other outlets.  Contact her at