Bring the Indoor Outside
One of the most comfortable places in a home tends to be the living room. Big soft sofa with pillows for comfort. A place to kick your feet up and read, hang out with family or watch T.V. Its the easy space to be in the home. Lets bring it outside, not literally. :) There are so many option of outdoor furniture. Cozy comfortable, small or large, endless fabric choices, custom made or purchased at a store. The choices are endless. You can mix and match.
Don't be afraid to accessorize. Accessory's help you create a desirable outdoor space. Pillows, candles, blankets, rugs, plants and mirrors are wonderful additions to the cozy comfort of outdoors. Typically the outdoor furniture and accessories are bright cheery colors. Color schemes that make you happy and want to be in that space. There are numerous amount of weather proof accessory's.
When you really think about it, the only thing that differentiates the indoors from the outdoors is a roof. That morning cup of coffee or reading a book outside tends to be a better fit under shade rather than in the sun and risk a sunburn. One option is to purchase a gazebo. Gazebos are a room in itself. An umbrella is another great option. Umbrella's can be moved to chase the sun out. Either Gazebo or Umbrella- both will keep you out of the sun. A few twinkle lights added to either will give it a warm fell as the sun sets.
Get out of the sun is a big one for the space you, create but those warm summer days can ease into cool summer nights. Have you thought about a fireplace or pit? Don't cut your days short because its chilly. A fireplace or pit gives the backyard a romantic flare. Curl up with a blanket and stay warm, roast hot dogs or make s'mores. What could be better than hanging out a little longer with your family as the sun goes down?
Have you ever heard 'get in the zone'? We have natural zones in our home. Living room, kitchen, bedrooms, etc. All are zones for what the space has to offer. Its the 'layout' of a space. Lets get in the zone in the backyard. Some home owners will hire landscapers to create a set of plans and some home owners will do it themselves. Either way, look at your backyard in zones. One area can be created as a space for entertaining, another can be the Barbeque space and yet another can offer a water feature. The plants that are in each of the zones will add another layer of beauty as well. No matter where you are in your backyard, you will be able to see the different 'zones.' All have something to offer in the space you created.
The Barbeque! Are you the one person in the family that love to BBQ? Investing in a good BBQ makes all the difference. There are so many choices of BBQ's. What to do? Ask friends and family which one they likes. Shop around. You will find the right BBQ for any budget. There is nothing better than the smell of juicy burgers, hot dogs or a steak on the grill. Friends and family can offer tips on BBQ'ing and even recipes. There is a plethora of recipes. No matter what you cook, when you cook it, just get out there and grill.
Outdoor space and a sunset..... you just sighed, didn't you? Watching mother nature in the summer is always amazing. She never disappoints. The ambiance that the evening brings is unique every night. Like we talked before, add some twinkle lights, Tiki torches are a fun option or a mini chandler in a gazebo. The ambiance and atmosphere will allow your entertaining or evening alone to continue log after the sun has gone down.
These are just a few ideas of what can be done in the backyard to create your space, with your style and creativity can shine. Enjoy what summer has to offer as you take it all in.