8 Tips for Crafting a Homey Outdoor Living Space
Your square footage just doubled
For some of us, “the great outdoors” really just means a lovely patio on which to drink a glass of Pinot. But regardless of where you grab your daily dose of sun, we can all agree that outdoor space should not be a missed decorating opportunity.
Read on for eight tips to transform your own slice of paradise.
Put a roof over your head
So you don’t have a perfect pergola or retractable sunroof--join the club. Thankfully, a graceful oversized canopy or umbrella will provide the same shade, comfort and protection from the elements.
One of the fundamentals of interior (and exterior) design: Rugs make rooms.
Comfort is key
Who wants to lounge in a flimsy metal folding chair? Think seriously comfy-cozy for alfresco seating (p.s. the more pillows the merrier.)
Speaking of comfort, adding an ever-versatile shearling mat is a luxe and super-easy way to enhance the cozy factor of outdoor furniture.
Rethink “patio dining sets”
The outdoor dining area is a great place to mix things up. Slither chairs and a colorfully dressed, full-size dining table? Well, why the heck not?
Add a bar cart
A necessary addition for a) convenience, b) hydration and c) style.
You fill the inside of your home with art and decorative flair--now apply that same philosophy to the terrace. (Just pick flourishes--like this pretty driftwood hanging--that can withstand the elements.)
Round up the fam
Happiness is only real when shared, right?