Once the weather is warm it's the perfect time to take your living outdoors and I have 5 very simple tips to create a beautiful outdoor living space filled with charm.
A place to sit, dream, and enjoy all the beauty around you.
I've tried to make all of these tips as inexpensive as possible.
Sometimes, the thought is that you have to spend a lot to create something beautiful, and yes, that does make things easier, but it isn't necessary.
My goal is to encourage you to allow yourself to put together something amazing using your wonderful talents and these basic ideas.
Let's get started!
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Seating for a Beautiful Outdoor Space
A few years ago my husband and I bought some wooden chairs from a woman who was selling her home....I think we may have paid $20.00 for the set and at the time I just assumed we would put them in the back yard which at first we did but they have migrated to the front...and they have stayed there.
When we bought them they were in much need of some love. The cushions were in good shape but the wooden frames needed to be spruced up. I ended up spray painting them and that original makeover lasted a few years but I was never quite thrilled with the colors and I ended up doing them one more time and the end result is the look you see in this post.
My husband and I like to sit in them in the cool of the night and watch the kids, enjoy the breeze, listen to the birds and just be still. Some mornings I like to go out early in the day, have coffee, read and just be.
My goal for our front yard is that it be cozy and charming.
Neighbors pass by on walks or runs, some walking their dogs, some walking with their family, some walking alone and we always get to wave and share a smile and sometimes have a discussion about the weather.
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Plan Your Garden So Something is Always Blooming
My front yard is filled with flowers. I have tried to plant it so that something is always in bloom from spring through fall, annuals and perennials, so that there is always something to see...something alive....something growing.
Make a list of your favorite flowers, along with when they bloom, and then plan your flowerbeds and planters using that information.
The lilacs in the wooden box above are from our lilac bush....it's in bloom and the smell is heavenly. When something's blooming I usually like to cut a few of the flowers to decorate with....whether inside or outside....they are meant to be enjoyed.
I like to tuck mason jars or other jars I've recycled into the wooden containers to hold the water and the flowers. It's a simple way to turn almost any item into a "vase".
You can find details on how to arrange flowers in large containers here.
The flowerbeds also have lights....there is something so welcoming about outdoor lights especially along a path or walkway.
To me, it's also important that our outdoor space have memories. These stones were all gathered on walks along a local trail that I used to take with my oldest son when he was a little guy. Sometimes I would walk for miles pushing him in his stroller and I would pick up rocks off the path (they were from rock slides off the hills surrounding the trail). I would place the rocks in the bottom of his stroller and bring them home to add to the edge of the flowerbed. He's all grown up but every time I see these stones I remember those walks with him.
Between the chairs is a log....it's from the tree that used to be in the front yard but died. I have pictures of my Daddy climbing that tree when I first bought this house....and pictures of my kids climbing it as well. The tree is gone but the log remains...and it will go with me no matter where I have a garden or a home. The little fairy was one of the first gifts my husband ever got me.... and I cherish it.
The white sectioned box holds flowers and succulents that I change out all season....there are 5 slots and the numbers, 1 2 3 4 5, because there are 5 in our family and 5 is the number that makes me happiest.
My outdoor space is sensational to me because it's personal and it's real. It's not untouchable....it's livable....and I like that.