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Erica Galindo
Celebrating Food, Faith and Family
Last edited on: May 6, 2015.

So you want to be ready for summer, host those gorgeous Bbq’s and just have an inviting space for the outdoors. This season is all about bringing the inside outdoors! A cozy little fireplace to set the ambiance, great seating and with amazing decor, you are on your way to decking out that patio.

This task can seem a bit overwhelming, but with a few easy placements and configuration you’ll be well on your way to having a stylish abode outdoors that reflects your indoors nicely.

Here are a few intentional ways in bringing the indoors out and one you’ll be honored to host those gorgeous outdoor dinner parties!

1. Dining Table

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This year it’s not about the typical outdoor furniture you find at Bj’s or big lots, it’s all about creating an extra living area. From hosting outdoor dinner parties to having amazing Bbq’s that your guests will be wowed with. Make sure you put on your list in patio furniture, outdoor dining table. This is a great way to provide enough seating and set a cozy area for eating and conversation.

2. Ample seating

Katie Denham Interiors

Invest in an outdoor couch or bench, with a few intentional accent pillows to make it cozy enough to snuggle in a good book. Depending on your outdoor space, accent chairs go along way, you can go extravagant or frugal, the choice is yours. Regardless of the choice, this will soon be an area your indoors will envy.

3. Shade

Cantilever Umbrella

With any outdoor space shade is crucial for those hot summery days, a good pergola or umbrella would be more than enough. If you have a pergola make sure to adorn it with outdoor light weight fabric. Have it cascading on either side and also on top, giving an illusion to an indoor space, outdoors. No pergola? An outdoor umbrella would do nicely. Make sure to incorporate either 1 very large umbrella or invest in additional umbrellas for your area, providing enough shade and protection from the elements.

4. Lighting

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Just as lighting is important for indoors so it should be incorporated in your outdoor space. With outdoor lighting, you can be as creative as you want to be. From lights hung on your pergola to lighting on your tree tops and why not an outdoor chandelier or tiki torches? These are all great and creative ways to set the mood with lighting for those dusky evenings.

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5. Decor

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Now that you have your dining, your seating and lighting, it’s time to have fun with decor! When you think of outdoors you should truly be mindful on how potted plants can add a touch of elegance into your outdoor space. A coffee table and an area rug really gives a homey feel. Then add a few throw pillows, table ware, accent pieces and intentional landscaping can be ideal into bringing together that extra living space outdoors.

When choosing outdoor decor make sure they are weather proof and water resistant.

6. A Little Extra

The Outdoor Great Room

The great thing about creating a space outdoors is being creative with the elements. Earth, wind, water and fire are right at your finger tips and can create an extra punch to your patio. If you have enough space in your garden or yard an extra feature such as water or fire is a great way to accessorize the outdoors. The crackle from the fire pit or soothing sounds of the water feature really adds to the senses and your experience in your outdoor space. Remember to keep in mind on the functionality of your outdoors.

In no time you’ll create that oasis you wouldn’t want to leave nor your guests. Take care and happy decorating!

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34


Linda Mendible is an Eco-Conscious Interior Decorator, specializing in sustainability. With a background in art, design and sewing, Linda creates beautiful and harmonious residential spaces utilizing color, repurposed collectibles, furniture and art.

Learn more about Linda: Linda Mendible Designs


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