House To Home: Take It Outside

Happy Summer! It’s finally here and as the temperatures rise and the days get longer it’s time to take it outside; time to create an outdoor space that’s a welcoming extension of your home. The inside of your home is a reflection of your style, and your outdoor space should be the same. With a few special touches, you can transform any patio, deck or outdoor space into a personal oasis that reflects your sense of style.
To get started, consider the size and function of your space to select the right furniture. If you’re looking to create a cozy, personal getaway to curl up with a book, choose a few chairs, a side table and a chaise lounge. If you love to host outdoor parties during the spring and summer months, consider adding a full outdoor dining set, multiple lounge chairs and even an outdoor bar cart. If you want a place for a large family to gather around the bonfire, choose a sectional and maybe some additional seating. Everyone’s outdoor style is different, so think about how you envision using the space. Start with what you need, and know that you can always add pieces as your needs change.
Once you’ve chosen outdoor furniture and decided how you’ll use your space, you get to have some fun decorating! This is where you can truly let your personality come through and give your outdoor space the fun touches that will make it shine. Start by choosing your favorite color scheme, summer is a great time to try bright and bold colors! If bright and bold isn’t your style go for a contemporary look with blues, whites and greys. With your color palette in mind, search for outdoor rugs and textiles that create a cohesive look. Then, add finishing touches such as lanterns, twinkling string lights, stylish planters or metal wall art. Have some fun by adding one-of-a-kind personalized pieces to the space to really make it your own. Try adding a hand-painted birdhouse or planter or maybe a homemade wind chime. If you have a green thumb, plant your favorite flowers in unique planters in various shapes, sizes or colours.
Keep in mind, creating a new outdoor oasis doesn’t have to be a pricey endeavor, there are plenty or budget friendly ways to get a new look. Classified sites and yard sales are a great place to find outdoor furniture that can look brand new with a fresh coat of paint or new cushions. Flowers and décor usually go on sale mid season; leaving plenty of time to enjoy before summer ends. Remember the more creative you can be the more unique and personalized the space will feel.