Summer is in full swing, and here in sunny Santa Cruz that can only mean one thing; outdoor living is here! With the perfect weather to enjoy outdoors vibes, you don’t have to venture far from your backyard or patio to enjoy summer festivities. Whether you have a tiny balcony or an expansive garden, here are three tips for creating a fresh and cozy outside space to help you take full advantage of the warm summer weather and get ready for those outdoor summer gatherings and parties.
Bring the indoor outdoor
Carpet outside anyone? One of the coolest ways to decorate an outdoor space is to bring pieces from the inside, outside. Patterned rugs, pillows, and cushions made with outdoor fabric can liven up any outdoor space and create a very cozy escape. Add tables and chairs to enjoy your morning coffee (or tea) as the sun rises, and enjoy evening dinners under the stars with the family. Looking for a more bohemian look? Floor pillows of all colors, poofs, and this really cool banana fiber stool from Ikea will get the job done. Finish up by hanging some art on the wall or for more flair, a macramé, and you’re all set to grill to your heart’s desire.
Outdoor space and plants go together like an ice cold glass of lemonade on a smoldering day. When decorating your patio or balcony for summertime fun, you’ll want to start with plants and flowers. Pack your balcony with planters filled with lush plants to create the oasis you’ve always wanted. Don’t forget to plant some herbs to make your balcony smell as good as it looks. One of our favorite places to get our plants and plant accessories is at Dig Gardens. From hanging planters to terrariums, to pots and baskets, you’ll find everything you need to create your little piece of heaven. Top it off with a waterfall fountain from Om Gallery, and it will not be long before you feel like you are in a Costa Rican rainforest. Relish the sounds, smell, and sights of nature as you and your friends enjoy a nice glass of crisp sauvignon blanc.
Light it up
Want to liven that outdoor space even more? Light it up! Whether you’re planning large parties or casual get togethers, having proper lighting is essential to creating the perfect vibe for your outdoor space. Outdoor string lights are your go too. They are an easy, yet impactful addition to make your patio or outdoor space shine. Place them inside clear vases, and you’ll have an instant centerpiece on your outdoor table. Get creative and string them around your plants and chair legs. Don’t shy away from lanterns either. They are also a great option to get the summer party going. If you have an actual backyard, you can also play around with outdoor torches. You’ll find an array of colors and materials to choose from. Last but not least, don’t forget candles. If you’re concerned about starting a fire, battery operated flickering candles are also the rave – plus they last longer.
Summer is here, bring it in, outdoor style. Follow these 3 tips to get your outdoor space summer ready and bring on the parties!