Before you get your hands dirty, take a moment to glance around. Observe the current state of your outdoor space. Make a list of things to clean, things to organize and things to repair. Your list will help you assign priorities to each task and create a game plan before you ever pick up the rake!
Now it's time to grab your gear and get to work. Regardless of the size of your outdoor space, start with the basics. Patios, porches and decks may simply require a quick touch-up, but prepping your yard may be more extensive.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Use plants to your advantage when it comes to outdoor spaces. Before you entertain, plant some greenery and some blooms. Just as fresh flowers add elegance to your dining table, plants add beauty to your outdoor space.
Spend a few minutes on a Google search for plants that work well in your climate, or check with an expert at your local home improvement store. Mums, for example, are great seasonal plants for fall. They come in a variety of colors and work well in many climates. When you've determined the best plants for your space, use decorative planters, flower beds and window boxes to create clusters of color that will thrill your guests!
Create zones to separate functions. Your event may need an area for dining, lounging and even a place for the kids to play. Determine where you would like each of these activities to take place and place your furniture accordingly. For additional space definition, use potted plants or other decorative accessories to provide visual distinction.
When everything is nice and tidy, add the finishing touches. Decorate your outdoor space just as you would in your home. Make your seating arrangements more comfortable with decorative pillows made of exterior-grade fabric. Use place settings and centerpieces to accent your table and light candles to make everything sparkle!
You don't have to spend a fortune to pull it all together. Instead, use items you already own. Grab the candles from the bookshelf, the tray from the coffee table and the tablecloth from the cupboard. Not only is this budget-friendly, it turns your outdoor space into an extension of your home.
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