Creating an Outdoor Retreat

No matter how large or small your outdoor space, there are easy ways to turn it into your new favorite hangout area.

FOR LARGE AREAS | DEFINE & FILL THE SPACE

The backyard oasis and grand patio–these are two of the favorite things about your home, but you’re ready to take the patio up a notch. We’ll get back to the basics first.

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Outdoor furniture with substance, like sturdy wicker designs with extra thick cushions are best bets for larger spaces. TIP: If you’ve already got great patio furniture, new patio cushions can give a quick makeover with minimal effort.

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A weather-resistant outdoor rug will do wonders to add coziness and establish a foundational color theme.

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Adding an umbrella will help define your main outdoor living space-as well as provide much-needed shade. TIP: Self-standing umbrellas add a layer of flexibility, so you can rearrange and adjust as needed.

FOR SMALL AREAS | NATURE-INSPIRED ACCENTS & A MAXIMIZED SPACE

The great outdoors can be enjoyed whether you’re living in an apartment, townhouse or other small space. Regardless the size, you can create perfectly wonderful living areas on your patio or balcony.

1. Add some flora and fauna with decorative patio pieces.

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2. Stacking chairs are perfect for making the most of a snug space.

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3. A serving tray that doubles as a table makes entertaining so much easier. When guests are gone, just fold it up and store it away. Or, try a compact metal end table with an unexpected pop of color.

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GO ON. ENJOY IT!

Invite some friends over for a spectacular dinner al fresco.

Get the grill fired up & ready for outdoor cooking. There are so many deliciously easy recipes to try. A new tool we love is this veggie basket. It is, hands-down, the easiest way to grill veggies to perfection.

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Set the scene with colorful place settings, pitchers & beverage dispensers.

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And don’t forget about the outdoor lighting. Every good host knows lanterns, patio lights and candles provide the best backdrop for lively conversations and laughter.

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Probably the most important thing to keep in mind is that this is your retreat. There are no wrong decisions as long as you’re staying true to what makes you happy.

We’d love to hear and see how you’ve transformed your outdoor space. Share with us using #AtHomeFinds!

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