Friday, June 03, 2022

4 Steps To Update Your Outdoor Living Area



With a global pandemic going on, we’ve been spending far too much time inside. There is lots of Netflix and fast food delivery and not enough fresh air which gives me the perfect excuse to tell my partner why we need a back patio upgrade! I’m going to take you guys through a step-by-step guide to revamp your outdoor living area.
 Image: Brazilian Wood Depot 
Step One - Start With a Blank Canvas
Maybe you are already there but if not, throw away all of the nasty furniture you never use and tear down that rotting deck. It’s time to invest in a concrete pour for a patio or better decking! I just found this amazing company, Brazilian Wood Depot that sells high quality decking that doesn’t rot. 
My favorite thing they do is EDUCATE! They give you the facts you need to know about brazilian hardwood decking and how to take care of it. The variety of wood they offer is second to none, making it a popular company to hire to help you create the deck of your dreams as well as quality wood. Their hardwood is insect and fire resistant which makes it very appealing to homeowners. 
Step Two - Furnish, Make It Cozy
If there is one thing I have learned as a serial redecorator it is only buy things you truly love. Don’t spend money to fill up a space but invest in pieces that you can enjoy forever! That means if you want that huge outdoor sectional that is €200 out of your budget, then save for it. 
Don’t go buying something else as a placeholder. GET THAT SECTIONAL. Then cozy it up with things like a furnace table or fairy lights, outdoor plants or even pillows. You’d be surprised what small details can do to really glam up a space.
Step Three - Add Outdoor Activities!
Yes, seating is so important but when people can come around again, we are gonna want to show off this new outdoor oasis. A grill and a wet bar is just the first of many outdoor activities you can add to host guests. Take it a step further, use your new space to nourish your body, add a garden! 
For the kids, add a playhouse and maybe even a sandbox. Take into account the needs of your family and meet those needs in your backyard. Check out my 5 tips for creating a child-friendly garden if you're in need of some inspiration.
Step Four - Enjoy
Just imagine it now, you are lounging back with your feet rested next to the fire pit and a book in hand. Your partner is grilling up something nice, probably on skewers, and the kids are in the background playing - that would be music to my ears all on it’s own. Enjoy this new space however you please but take peace in knowing that sitting outside will be so much better for your health than sitting behind the screen indoors!
If you don’t have an eye for these things - admittedly I do not - I definitely recommend using Pinterest as a source of inspiration. I have found so many gorgeous outdoor spaces that I love through that platform and I plan to tweak them a bit and make them my own. Another great resource, if inspiration isn’t enough and you want the whole space designed for you, look into Yardzen. Thank me later when you are cosied up in your new outdoor oasis.


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