Outdoor Entertaining

As Summer begins to creep in on us, this week I’m going to be focusing on Outdoor Spaces. I already have a request to help design and decorate an outdoor patio–which I couldn’t be more thrilled about! Although, I’m a bit nervous as I’m not the best when it comes to landscape and florals.

But first things first–when planning your outdoor space, you need to get a handle on what it is precisely you’re looking for. At least, that’s where I’m starting. A little inspiration goes a long way.

For this particular outdoor project, I already have an idea in mind (which I’ll share with you tomorrow). But what I really want to evoke is a comfortable lounge area. The yard space is teeny tiny, so we’re going to make due with what we’ve got. And since the house is in tropical Miami, we’re going to play up the natural vibe of the town.

Instead of forcing an eating area next to an outdoor bar-be-que, I’m all about enhancing the laid-back mentality of this tropical paradise. What better way to do that, than to create an outdoor lounge space complete with outdoor bar?

But first, the centerpiece. The couch. As it rains here more often than not, the goal is to get a couch that can get wet and handle the tropical moisture. I love wood, but it’s tricky. Really, we want iron or metal with some bright cushions that can either a.) handle water or b.) get picked up quickly to be brought inside while being c.) washable.

And since patio furniture tends to be inhumanly pricey–it’s about finding deals and steals where you can. Never rule out IKEA. It’s a golden rule of mine, especially if you’re on a budget.

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This entry was published on March 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm. It’s filed under Outdoor Spaces and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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