Sunday, May 31, 2009

Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

Summer time is here and for most of us that means spending a lot of time in our backyards. Some of us though, don't have those chic outdoor rooms that we see in magazines or on HGTV, but that doesn't mean you can't have one. Decorating doesn't have to stop indoors, as a matter of fact, it shouldn't. Our outdoor spaces are as much a part of our homes as our interior spaces and with a little elbow grease and some of that inspiration I'm always talking about, you can have a beautiful outdoor room that you'll want to spend all summer in!

Start by selecting that one part of your yard that gets the most use and also the most attention, whether that's your patio or a deck. Create a focal point by sprucing up your existing patio furniture and arranging it like you would your living room, i.e. sofa, coffee table and some chairs flanking either side. If your existing patio furniture is a little worse for wear, paint, paint, paint! Add some new cushions and a few coordinating pillows (make sure they are weather resistant fabrics) and you've got yourself brand new outdoor furniture! Finally, lay down an outdoor carpet, put up some candles and a potted plant or two and voile! You've created an outdoor room.

Overtime and with a little more money, you can add an outdoor kitchen and maybe even a water feature. Before you know it.. you'll be spending so much time in your newly acquired room, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner!

Check out some of my favorite outdoor rooms below, and hopefully you'll get inspired to start yours today!

As always... Happy Decorating!


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