Outdoor Living It Up

Our neighborhood has suddenly become lawn care central.  It’s like a U2 concert block party with the rattle and hum of mowers and blowers. There’s a cloud of pollen as far as the itchy and watery eye can see. Seasonal allergies how I love to hate thee, but the colors on parade evens things out.  Dave the Builder reminds me the work to rid the porch and patio of pollen, refresh flower pots and beds, and paint and clean the outdoor furniture is so worth it.   When the man is right he is right.  One must prep in order to properly patio- it gets the outdoor living party ball in motion.  Do you refresh or replace outdoor furniture, pillows and cushion?

wicker outdoor chairGiesel Wicker Outdoor Chair from Wayfair

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When it comes to the decision to refresh or replace I consider the initial investment of money and retail resource availability.

Big $$ = Refresh

Small $$ and ample availability = Replace

Simple math.  Chic look.  Stylish equation.

Although, the Giesel Wicker Outdoor Chair from Wayfair and the summer chic collection of outdoor pillows big on color, texture and pattern  do make me want to load up the shopping cart.

antique-style-outdoor-planter

Outdoor Luxembourg Planter

Decorative outdoor planters give good outdoor living it up visual appeal.

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Micasa

Vegetable and herb gardens unite and produce.  It’s your turn to be in the spring spotlight.  From full-on rows of growing goodness to a patio container garden, fresh is best.  There is something so delicious about the combination of a warm spring evening and a cold summer salad.  I’ll take mine with tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and fresh herbs.

outdoor lighting ideasOutdoor Lighting Options Available from Lowe’s 

The right lighting fixture coupled with the right lighting sets a scene. When I was four years old my parents took the family to Disneyland compliments of my paternal grandmother’s good luck (she won the trip). Past the Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World and Tinkerbell flying each night promptly at ten, the white twinkle lights adorned trees stood out in the magical night and made quite an impression on me.  Good lighting will do that.  Deck out the deck, patio and backyard spaces with chic outdoor living it up accent lighting.  Vintage chandeliers, mason jars with tea lights, twinkle string lights adorned trees, tabletop lamps or paper lanterns- all super ideas!

iron chandelier

I purchased two iron chandeliers at auction several years ago and repurposed one as a bird feeder and the other as an outdoor candle chandelier.  I recently replaced the votive candles with battery operated LED tea lights.  Flicker fabulous!

led votive candlesLED Votive Candles from Dollar Tree

Spending time outdoors is a big part of spring and summer fun, making it easy to understand why outdoor living spaces have become extensions of the life lived within our home- a retreat of heart and home.  Is your outdoor living it up escape ready to greet the season?

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