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Plotting Your Way to Backyard Style

Plotting Your Way to Backyard Style

Jun 17 2014

Remember when outdoor furniture consisted of woven plastic straps on aluminum frames, or redwood picnic tables complete with slivers. And your patio was a small slab cracked concrete with lawnmower stains just outside the kitchen door? And your yard was one big patch of grass? Thankfully outdoor furniture, design, and living have come a long way! If you are a do-it-yourselfer, here are a few tips to help you get a perfect outdoor setting before the end of summer, and on a budget you’ll like. Getting Started: Redoing anything can be overwhelming. The first step is to take a step back and survey your space. What stands out the most? Is it the rusty metal shed you've tried to block out mentally? Do steps and patios connect? Could you space be better used for existing needs if it were opened up or partitioned off? Is there a material theme you want to expand on? Stone, rock, pavers? Define Desired Features: Was your wish to have a turtle pond, stone BBQ island, swimming pool, deck, and gigantic play station all on a postage-stamp-sized plot of land? Pick features that fit your space and lifestyle needs now that can easily be exchanged for others later on. Maybe the turtle pond was a great idea when your youngest was five but now that they are all grown, a covered patio with a chaise lounge might make more sense. Know When to Use a Professional: Consider using a professional landscape designer to help you map out your ideas. Once you have a blueprint, you can add elements a little at a time to make your dollars stretch or all at once for a big bang effect. Once you have an illustration of your plan, it’s much easier to decide what aspects you can do and what you want to turn over to a professional. Add Functional but Fun Furniture: Once your new outdoor space is in established, it’s time to get it ready to accommodate your inside lifestyle. Begin planning and picking out furniture in your own personal style. Functional furniture in various materials – wicker, resin, metal, and wood are available from local warehouses to full-on furniture galleries. Add some fun my mixing colors, materials, and even fashion eras. Before purchasing, think about how you plan to spend your time outside: dining, napping, lounging, reading, watching TV, etc. Buy accordingly, not emotionally to avoid buyer’s remorse. Once you have a master plan to lay the foundation of your personalized look, choosing a decorating style is as simple as it is fun! Check back for future blogs on fun deco ideas, outdoor design and element suggestions, and fail proof ideas for perfect summer parties!

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