Creating an inviting outdoor space has been on my mind since we first owned our own home almost 7 years ago. After finishing up our porch this summer, I’m kicking myself for not making it higher on the priority list sooner!
1. Take your personal design aesthetic outdoors.
Last summer we purchased this rattan furniture set off craigslist for just $100. The price was great but the tradeoff was that it had this hideous floral patterned fabric on the cushions. It was so nice to have seating on my porch, but I didn’t find myself spending much time out there still.
Being a DIYer willing to try anything, I attempted my hand at dying the fabric. It was a miserable experience and I ended up with faded black floral cushion covers. Not a good look either.
The next plan was to sew new cushion covers. Buuuuuttt I’ve already been down the road of sewing cushion covers for a couch back in our first home and let’s just say the project was overwhelming. It sat unfinished for probably sixth months. The hubs was not down for me to try that again.
When I saw these cushions at target I had to snag them. When I think about the cost of the fabric and factor in a bazillion hours of my blood, sweat, and tears, the Target cushions were cheaper by far. Haha!
I LOVE how the cool charcoal color contrasts the warmth of the rattan furniture. And the geometric design of the rattan stands out far more now with the solid fabric then it did with the previous print. I may spray paint the little table one of these days for a pop of color but it works quite well for now. I keep this blush tasseled throw from Target in the front room by the porch so I can grab it when I head out there.
After styling the porch in a way that appeals to me, I find myself spending a ton of time out there!
2. Set the mood.
We just recently received these fountains from the previous owner of the house and I can’t tell you how calming the noise is. Even just stepping outside to get to the car, I’m slowed by them a bit. It is so incredibly peaceful to sit out there either early in the morning or in the evening after my children have gone to bed.
I also totally suggest adding a fire element. This taller fountain actually produces a flame at the top, and it is quite warming on cool evenings. Unfortunately it was both too windy and our little gas can ran out before I could catch a picture. But trust that it is such an inviting addition.
Here in the midwest people gather around bonfires in the warmer months and indoor fireplaces or wood stoves during the winter. The fire is a symbol of comfort and coziness around here. And I have felt all kinds of cozy and comfortable since the addition of this element.
3. Keep it green!
This is more of a note to those who are working with a small apartment patio or balcony. Our bushes (overgrown, whoops!) and grass definitely make this an inviting green outdoor space. The addition of plants and greenery definitely up outdoor feel if bushes and grass aren’t really a part of the equation.
Even adding this vine to the end table for the shoot made this space that much more inviting.
Also, I know this last photo is blurry but I don’t hate it. My cute little 3 year old was my photog for all the shots you see me in. He’s actually really good and only charges compliments and kisses!
Do you feel better prepared to tackle your outdoor space now?
I sure hope so!
Worried that your outdoor view isn’t worthy of any of this effort. Worry no more! My view from this space is a neglected house with boarded up windows and it has not hindered me from enjoying time spent in this space since I made it my own. You literally won’t regret having a spot to chill outdoors.
And this is coming from one of the least outdoorsy people you will ever know! haha!
Did we miss anything? What have you done to make your outdoor space more inviting?