Building a beautiful outdoor sanctuary sets the mood for your seasonal experience. You can turn the site of your staycation, whether you spend it on your deck, backyard, or porch, into a great escape — all while still saving money for the big family road trips. Here’s how to revamp your outdoor space on a budget.
A dreamy backyard paradise starts with two simple steps: accessorizing, and finding multiple purposes for your furniture. Outdoor spaces are typically filled with an array of patterns to create a vibrant and trendy look. A bright outdoor rug, for example, adds a vibrant and trendy feel to the space. Rugs also direct foot traffic and can be used to divide the area into dining and lounging spaces. Pile on the pillows! Rich colors, stripes, and patterns lend a tropical atmosphere, and oversized cushions can even be used for lounging. Instead of heavy furniture, grab garden stools to provide additional guest seating. Stools can double as end tables in a pinch — plus, they’re easy to stack and store.
You’ve invited them over; now, create an inviting space for your party guests. Why not make the drinks mobile? Adding a bar cart puts the drinks on wheels. The party can move from place to place, and there are always beverages on hand. While dining under the stars, make sure you supply the right mood lighting to keep the festivities going into dusk. String lighting, hurricane lamps, portable recessed lighting, lanterns, and floating candles all light the path to a party that can extend for hours.
You’re outdoors, after all, so don’t forget to add a touch of nature. If you can’t grow a full garden, hang plants in your outdoor space. It’s a great way to save money while adding floral appeal. You can also plant your summer floral arrangement in unconventional items like mason jars or recycled wine bottles, or visit your local flea market for pottery. Designer and style expert Lauren Conrad frequents flea markets for one-of-a-kind additions for her home.
Summer is the perfect time for adventure and cozy relaxation. Extending the comfort and style inside your home into your outdoor space will give your guests a memorable and majestic experience.
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Why not make things comfy with lots of outdoor pillows and cushions? E! Network’s Jason Kennedy and his wife included this fun design strategy in their new backyard design. They transfer the moveable pouf from inside to out for additional seating during larger gatherings.