Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space
May 2020 | Naples, FL
Well we are still here, in the middle of the unprecedented (I use that word because it is evidently one of the words used most during this time) pandemic. Save the date – I heard the end of the quarantine is Octembrary 54th! Funny, I know. So needless to say, I want to write about something happy, and being outside definitely makes me happy! Today I’m focusing on making the most of your outdoor space, no matter where you are!
I enjoy my lanai space everyday, especially now that we are spending so much time in our homes. My previous home’s outdoor space felt too large, and I never understood why I didn’t enjoy sitting out there, but now I do! I feel as though you need a small “closet” space you can go to and cozy up. For me, my cozy space is two lounge chairs and an ottoman with a tall 30″ round counter height table between. On my table you can find my favorite current “reads” accompanied by a citronella candle and decorative coasters for drinks. I enjoy having a table large enough to hold all my necessities, including space for dining should I choose to enjoy a meal for one in this space.
I upholstered the cushions in a Thibaut neutral fabric suitable for indoors and out, and punched it up with some navy and coral patterned lumbar pillows. I love not only the pop of color but also having the lumbar support for my back while I read. My tip? Use beach towels as “blankets” and throw them across the arm of each of the chairs. Not only do they look great and add some color, they are quite functional and fun! No outdoor space is complete without a little greenery, so I’ve planted a small garden of my favorite succulents and most recently added some herbs to throw in my cooking. I love this garden because nothing is too big or too much for me to take care of!
On the other end of my lanai I have a teak rectangular table with a white metal base that can seat up to eight, although I tend to keep six chairs around it most of the time. There are two host and hostess chairs in outdoor wicker and four woven white bistro chairs – I love the mix of texture and color for an added twist on the traditional dining setup. If I’m in need of a few more seats (which is often, I absolutely love hosting!), I can pull a few chairs or ottomans from inside. To add a little consistency, I keep Sunbrella decorative pillows that coordinate with my home’s interior on the host and hostess chairs. It’s a great way to keep the design’s flow but an easy swap if I get bored of the pattern or color!
Between these two seating areas I have a semi circular concrete sofa table – I always recommend sturdy tables for outdoor areas in Florida due to wind – where I enjoy growing orchids. They seem to really like this spot, and have filled the area beautifully. I grouped about seven plants on an oval “Barbara Barry” tray and flanked them by two blueberry colored lanterns I scored at Target. This is my source of light at night if needed, and I love that they use the battery operated candles so I can automatically (and safely) light them up.
My outdoor space is not large, but I’ve made the most of it and it’s definitely an extension of our home. During this time, my outdoor area has served as a gathering spot for many occasions within our family. If you’re finding yourself looking at a space you don’t often use, take this time to freshen it up and make the most of it – and call me if you need any tips!
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