Now that warmer temperatures are upon us, it's time to work on outdoor spaces that are as comfortable and inviting as your indoors are. Sharing a few of my favorites: some created for entertaining summer gatherings and others designed for moments of solitude. Ideally, wouldn't it be great to have both?!
Check them out and take a look below for tips on creating your own:
1. Define your outdoor space and decorate it as you would your indoor space. Strive to make the two blend and be cohesive.
2. Create privacy with large plants, billowing curtains or natural screens.
2. Add lighting. It can consists of candles, solar or electric lights.
3. Have plenty of comfortable seating for guests. Provide pretty cushions, pillows, etc. Keep cozy throws handy for those chilly nights.
4. Bring your indoor plants outside. Mix them with classic annuals or exotic perennials to add interest and depth to your container garden.
5. Don't over accessorize with garden sculptures and tchotkes. In nature, less is definitely more.
6. Look for unique garden furniture on Craigslist and/or garage, yard sales and flea markets. Keep in mind that sometimes indoor furniture also works well outdoors.
7. Forego the fire pit for a full on fireplace.
8. Add a swing if that is a possibility. Children and adults alike get enjoyment out of them.
9. Paint and exterior door a funky color to liven things up.
10. Have designated plates and glasses for outdoor use. I keep a basket stocked with napkins, flatware, dishes and candles. When that spontaneous BBQ springs out of nowhere, I'm quasi ready. Hmmm, maybe I should add a flask or two of G&Ts to it...