It’s spring! As temperatures climb and days grow longer, there’s no doubt that you’ll want to gather outside to soak up all that lovely sunshine. But is your backyard looking less than lounging-ready? Bring your special indoor style to the outdoors and set the scene for a summer living outside.
Stumped on how to start decorating your outdoor space? First, consider how you’ll use it. Large gatherings or intimate settings? Dining or lounging? You can never go wrong with teak. Timeless and classic, it only gets better with age. Then take your inside style outside. Layer in your favorite hues, flowers, and candles (use citronella to minimize pesky insects).
Wicker and woven pieces are a perfect choice for outdoors as they blend beautifully with nature. Cozy them up with your favorite pillows and throws and let guests settle as the sun sets.
It’s not just for Memorial Day or July 4th — that Americana look never goes out of style. Simple pieces ensure that your red-white-and-blue motif leans chic, never kitschy. A lantern that lived inside all winter long can add a punch of patriotic color, while a block-striped throw is sure to bring warmth on chilly nights. Your patio will be the land of the free and the home of the super stylish.
A cozy seating area is a useful and totally stylish way to maximize a small patio or balcony. Keeping things simple is key here — two comfortable chairs, a garden stool, perhaps a plant or two for some green. A bonus? That garden stool acts as a side table for cocktails or extra seating for guests.
Warm weather means that the party can always continue outside. Bar carts come in all styles to suit your scene! Stack one with melamine bowls and glasses in your favorite colors (they won’t break or smash like glass, which is crucial to outdoor fun) and you’re ready for impromptu happy hours or pool parties all season long. Just add ice and, of course, some good friends.
Creating your ideal outdoor space is about more than just decorating — it’s about making cherished memories of dripping ice cream cones and nights watching the summer stars. Set the scene for togetherness, and your space will be just perfect.
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