5 Simple ways to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space

Can you believe that this weekend is Memorial Day Weekend? It really is the unofficial start of summer, which means tons of time outside soaking up the sunshine.  It also means a bunch of good sales going on too!  I thought I would help give you guys some tips on getting your outdoor space ready for another season of Grillin’ and chillin’ on your patio or deck.   Ever since we completed our outdoor patio, we spend so much family time out there.  It really is like another living room.  I’d love to help you achieve the same atmosphere with your deck or patio.   So today I’m going to share 5 quick and easy ways to help you enhance your patio/deck area to get you ready for outdoor entertaining!   Assuming you already have some kind of seating on your deck or patio, here are 5 things to help you build upon that to take your outdoor space to the next level.

1. Outdoor Rug-

An outdoor rug doesn’t have to be a big investment.  Many outdoor rugs at Target and even Pottery Barn are under $200, some even under $100 and are on sale right now.  They give your outdoor space a foundation and make it a cozier sitting area.   Rugs also help create zones, think sitting/lounging area vs. dining area, etc.. They are also very easy to hose off and re-use year after year if taken care of (brought inside in the winter months).

I just got this one and LOVE it! (it’s on sale now)

Blue Green Target Rug

2. Outdoor Throw Pillows-

Outdoor throw pillows to add to your sitting area.  As long as they are labeled outdoor, the fabric will hold up to rain, sun etc… Look for pillows with colors that tie into rug.  It’s ok to mix pattern but look for color to connect the two.  For example,  if you have a blue strip rug find a different type of pattern for the pillows, but keep blues as the theme.  I like to look for throw pillows with 2-3 colors in them.  I do this so I can pull from those colors in other decor and accessories.

I love a good stripe:

Or a pretty medallion pattern:

3. Lanterns-

I love lanterns, fill them with twinkle lights, candles, sand and sea shells, anything that ties in with the season.  Place them at the base of your outdoor furniture or at the corner of your rugs.  Hang them from your umbrella.  They add sophistication to an outdoor space.  So many different styles out there, I have these:

4. Accessories –

*Look for a pretty tray to serve drinks or food.  A galvanized metal or whicker tray is perfect for summer.

I love galvanized trays likes this

*Pretty pots for plants, (keep your pillow covers in mind and look for colors that will tie in) Anthropologie has beautiful pots right now.  I thought this one was adorable!

Last but not least… drum roll please…

5. Fire Pit-

Nothing sets the mood for fun like smore’s roasting and stories told around the fire.  There are so many cool options for fire pits now.  I do love wood burning but I’ve seen many gas burning ones as well.  This is one similar to what we have called a Chiminea.  I like this style because the smoke is less likely to blow directly in your face.  Instead, up and over head.

I hope this helps you pull together your outdoor living space so you can enjoy many beautiful sunny days and twinkling starry nights on your patio or deck.  Take advantage of some of the good sales going on too!

Here are a few of my other outdoor favorites…



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