The first thing I ask people when they wonder what they should do with there space, is "What do you want to be able to do in here?" (Do you want to eat here? Watch TV? Work on your laptop? Play games with the kids?) etc.
Once you establish what it is you want to be doing in this "space", you can now plan for how you are going to set it up and what all you are going to need to buy to make it happen!
In this case, we're talking outdoor patio's/porches/lanais/deck's (whatever the heck you want to call it).
So let's get started!
P.S- I am going to be linking all of my favorite outdoor pieces that are affordable and can whether the unpredictable FL mood swings down at the bottom :)
WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF THIS SPACE?
I find that the #1 thing people want to do on there outdoor patio's is have a nice place to dine and sit outside with friends and family and enjoy your meals out here on cool nights, and also to have a lounge area where people can sit, relax and enjoy some good conversation.
So, that means you want to get 2 things out of your space (a cozy and comfortable spot to sit and drink, and a functional and nice table set up to dine at).
P.s- see how the coffee table in the above image doubles as a fire pit?! I highly recommend a fire pit coffee table combo for those of us that love to entertain and be outside!
MAKE THE MOST OF THE ROOM YOU HAVE
I love this inspirational image above and I think the owner/designer did a fabulous job of making the most out of this back patio that isn't exactly gigantic. As you can see, they knew what they wanted out of this space, and they made it happen.
I absolutely love this round dining table, with the chairs around it. This allows you to gather your family and dine out here, functionally! And right beside it, you have an awesome outdoor sectional, small space coffee table to set down drinks, and floor poufs for additional seating!
It looks like this coffee table might even double as a drink cooler, SCORE! Maximizing your space with pieces that serve multiple purposes is major key!
This literally looks like such a cozy and inviting outdoor space you would never want to leave!
They added all the necessities of an outdoor oasis done right. Here is a list of key items you NEED to create a space just like this!
- Area Rug
- String Lights for ambiance
- Lots of Plants
- Outdoor Pillows and Throws
- Floor Pouf for a laid back feel
LAWN CHAIRS ARE A MUST
Lawn chairs are key during the summer, especially here in FL. We all want to get our tan on and not have to leave the comfort of our own back yard, but don't let these lawn chairs take up space on your patio. Keep these bad boys where they belong (the lawn).
I find that lawn chairs are a great way to make your lawn look well put together and less empty (especially if you don't have a pool). Yes, you gotta decorate the lawn tooooooo!
Put out 2 or 3 lawn chairs in the grass, right near the patio. This will allow for yet another place to lounge around (even at night), and styling them with a cute towel and lumbar pillow will make for the perfect tanning spot that will call your name every Saturday!
-INSPIRATIONAL PICS TO BETTER get my point across-
Some of my FAVORITE pieces for a Functional & Stylish Outdoor Oasis:
To be honest, IKEA & TARGET have some amazing outdoor pieces that are super affordable and awesome quality too! I think the outdoor furniture from IKEA is the most high quality thing they make. I recommend getting your lounging pieces (sectional, chairs) from IKEA, and getting the accessories like outdoor rugs, poufs, etc. from World Market & Target!
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