Summer is my favorite time of year. To me it’s about just being outdoors; relaxing poolside, sitting by a fire, walks in nature, having cookouts, camping, friends & family coming together more. There are just so many possibilities to come together to celebrate Summer!
Staring the end of May, our outdoor living space becomes our summer retreat. It becomes a place for us to entertain, have dinners & cookouts, relax, have fun, enjoy friends, socialize, read a book, sit by the fire, lounge poolside, and just love Summer. As you can see we spend quite a lot of time in our outdoor space!
So it’s important to me to make our outdoor space warm and inviting, a place that just calls to you to hang out and be a part of it, to find peace & relaxation or to have a great time with friends!
Your Outdoor Living Space should be as inviting and cozy as your Indoor Living Space!
Here I am sharing some of my favorite outdoors spaces that I’ve found. These are places that I can totally envision myself lounging with a beer, glass of wine, or a cup of coffee!!
I share these not for us to compare our spaces too anyone else’s, this isn’t about comparison.
We need to be totally grateful for what we have and focus on all the good that is in our lives and in our homes.
I am sharing simply for inspiration, to inspire us to make our outdoor space everything we want it to be for us and our family. It’s about making your home more inviting & peaceful so that you feel good about your own home.
Your outdoor space should be as comfortable, cozy, and inviting as your indoor space. Think of it as bringing your living room outdoors. Really think about the placement of the furniture and then accessorize with: accent tables, side tables, pillows, rugs, ottomans, décor, plants, lights, etc… It’s all about making it your own and creating a space the just calls to you to come stay a while!
So you may not be able to do a complete make-over, but you can take some ideas from these pictures and these websites to take small steps to achieve your outdoor living goals!
To achieve your goals; write them down, print the pictures, create a vision board to help you envision what you want. Totally use your imagination to see it in your mind what it is you want to create. Please do not say that it’s impossible, it is possible! Just set up a plan and start taking action to make it happen! (P.S. this is how anything works in life that we want)(P.S.S. It totally works!!)
So I hope you enjoy these amazing Outdoor Spaces!
She shares how giving your space some personality doesn’t have to cost much either?
Here’s a before and after of a new and improved beach house inspired back porch. Open and ready for summer entertaining!
This was just a picture at the website, no information.
But I love the neutral colors, the lanterns, ceramic garden stools… I can totally see myself in this outdoor oasis!
3. Colorful Garden Corner from Ninbra.tumblr.com – Red Furniture, beautiful lanterns in the middle of an awesome garden. I mean how peaceful and relaxing does this look. I love all the plants, look at that lemon tree!! And of course I love the red, so vibrant, a pop of color in the middle of nature!
4. Here is an awesome before and after view of an outdoor patio from Elmueble.com
So it began with a blank space, a clean slate and the canvas was a neutral colors, with wood and stone to set the scene. So I really think the colorful cushions were a great choice for this patio. The accents that were chosen flowers in bouquets, potted plants and natural supplements really make this a warm & inviting outdoor oasis.
5. At housebeautiful.com the decorator shares her easy makeover tips for outdoor spaces – all it takes is applying the same decorating tactics you use inside. The picture is numbered because she breaks down the how to on getting the same look. Visit Housebeautiful.com
6. I really have been wanting to do this tutorial that they offer at CityFarmhouse.com for DIY outdoor light poles. She does a whole outdoor space before & after makeover. I just love this space, it really looks so cozy! I had to share the picture of the night view!
Not only is this an awesome patio outdoor living space but she shares a DIY for outdoor light poles.
So what do you think? Don’t you just love these, I bet your like me and you are ready to go play around with your outdoor space and really make it everything you want it to be!
Don’t go down the comparison road and start to get in a negative state about your home!
Focus on what you do love!
Begin to take action making small changes as you can, as you can afford it! Look for end of the season sales, yard sales, etc..
Write it down, print it out, envision what you want and create a plan! You can totally make it happen and create an outdoor space that you absolutely love!
With Love, Mara
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