Outdoor Spaces

Summer is in full swing, the grill is going and the garden is growing. This month we take a look at outdoor spaces and how to turn yours into a place where everyone wants to spend their summer. These steps will make you the envy of the neighborhood and you will be spending the summer in style. Let me know what you think, talk to you soon! x, Laura


Seating is all dependent on what you want to accomplish. Are you looking to have drinks on the patio, lounging around and soaking up the sun, or hosting friends and family for grilling and outdoor entertainment?

Make sure you consider the material it's made from. Metal can get hot in the sun so it's best when used in a covered area. Wood requires sealing to keep it nice looking year after year. All-Weather Wicker is a great option because it dries fast, doesn’t fade, doesn’t get hot and comes in lots of colors that look like a real woven rattan.

Hanging Chair: Serena & Lily- Hanging Rattan Chair $498



I talk about lighting a lot because it is so important (even outside). Having a place with shade is a must when the temperature rises. When it comes to outdoor lighting you want to keep it calm and relaxing. You don’t want to rely on your floodlights to provide the light.  Some restaurant style string lights create the perfect ambiance for a great low cost solution.

Amazon: String of Outdoor Commercial Grade Lights 48' with clear bulbs $60.99


Having a tray that is ready to go with all the backyard essentials is a great way to keep the trips inside the house to a minimum. Also having a planting table or outdoor console makes a great buffet that you can put all your food and beverages on. The idea is to keep you from having to run inside for everything when you are trying to host or just enjoy your yard.
Trays: Pottery Barn- Galvanized Tray Large $39.50


Creating the right landscape environment is like picking the right paint color for your Living Room. It doesn’t have to be the focal point, but it should set the stage for a successful space. Landscaping can help define an outdoor space, provide privacy or shade, and add interest.  If you don't have the yard space for shrubs and flowers, try growing vines on your house or pergola for some greenery.

Image Source: vinegardenmarket.com

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