Do you think “outside the house” when it comes to home decorating? If you live in a single-family home, you most likely have some outdoor spaces that can expand your home’s living area.
Do you have a wonderful front porch from which to view the world (or at least your neighborhood)? Make it come alive and then find time to use it! A few colorful, potted plants or hanging flower pots will make it welcoming and inviting. If there’s room, add a bench or even a couple of comfy chairs and small table for a glass of lemonade or morning coffee.
Now, how’s your home decorating quotient in the back yard? If you’ve been blessed with a great space to use for lounging, entertaining or gardening, you’re a lucky home owner! But even if the space isn’t all that great, you can still use your home decorating skills to carve out a nice place to relax or eat out.
This home’s backyard went from a basic concrete slab and no shade to a fabulous oasis in the middle of the neighborhood. Neighbors have described it as a vacation spot without leaving home! It took a little planning and a couple of years to develop it fully, but now it’s a beautiful place to spread out and enjoy living “out of the house!”
We added lots of perennials over the 3 year stint. Then, really cared for and coddled the grass and yard.
Next we added a composite deck out over the existing slab to broaden the eating area.
Another year, the pergola was added to bring in some shade and give the place some character. Yard sale finds brought in a table and chairs and gas grill. When using home docorating outdoors, you don’t have to worry as much about a “color scheme.” Mother Nature will usually take care of that. Just provide colorful cushions on the chairs, a few blooming plants and you’re done!