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How to Create an Irresistible Outdoor Retreat


Written by: Kyra Allen

Summer is HERE! Now is the time to spend with family, enjoy the warm weather, and read a good book. What could make it better you ask? A serene and comfortable outdoor living space, just a few steps from your living room! I am going to cover five easy and noteworthy tips to help personalize your outdoor living space to maximize and enjoy the warm summer months ahead (and BEYOND)! Let’s get started by creating a dream outdoor oasis for YOU!

a living room with a couch and a table.

Step 1: Imagine Your Ideal Function

First, take a moment to imagine how you would love to use your ideal outdoor space. Maybe you are imagining sitting out for a morning cup of coffee, as a couple, while the sun rises. Maybe you are hoping to make memories while entertaining your family and friends around a fire. Or maybe you dream of spending some alone time while reading your favorite book. What functionality works best for you? The possibilities are ENDLESS!

a yellow coffee cup sitting on a wooden table.

Step 2: Bring the Indoors Outside

The outdoors tends to have a perception to feel uncomfortable, dirty, and lack personalization. Yet, let’s change that perception! Outdoor living spaces CAN be your favorite gathering space because outdoor spaces are not so different from the indoors! You can bring the comfort and tranquility outside by adding inviting accents and furniture! Let’s start from the ground up… adding an outdoor area rug can create a unique and warm touch that creates an indoor feel, where you can take your shoes off and relax! Starting with an area rug can also provide a pop of color and personalization to your space due to the multitude of patterns, sizes, shapes, and colors to choose from!

a patio with a couch, chairs and a coffee table.

Step 3: Consider Outdoor Furniture Options

Furniture tends to get more wear and tear when placed outdoors due to the evolving and indefinite weather patterns. When looking at different furniture options, consider an alternative that is durable and functions long-term such as woods like cypress and teak! Cypress and teak (like this set from west elm)woods offer a durable option for resistance against warping and is a long-term option as it is strong and easy to care for! You should also consider steel for your outdoor furniture as it provides resistance to rust and wind and remains easy to clean! Do you need more suggestions? Aluminum, wicker, and rattan are also durable alternatives to help complete your outdoor oasis! Finding a balance between your desired style and performance is essential to helping create a long-term option for you to enjoy!

a couple of wooden benches sitting next to each other.

Step 4: Embrace Outdoor Fabrics

Now it is time to incorporate fabrics and textiles into your living space to add that extra sense of comfort. Including outdoor fabrics in your space is a MUST and it helps incorporate that indoor and inviting feel we covered previously! Add throw pillows (like these from Outer), cushions, and even outdoor blankets to integrate different colors, textures and fabrics into your space! With the extra sense of luxury and coziness fabrics bring, you will want to sit outside for hours! Embracing outdoor fabrics allows you to create your DREAM space while adding a personal touch that reflects YOU!

a living room with a lot of furniture on a deck.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Looking back at step #1, what personal touches and décor did you imagine in your space? The last tip to creating an irresistible outdoor retreat is to add unique and finishing touches that make your outdoor living space feel like YOUR outdoor living space! Adding a lovely vase with colorful flowers can brighten up your space and work as a centerpiece. A bar cart offers more storage and can provide a great entertaining space for when friends and family come to visit. Even light fixtures such as string lights and sconces can light up your space and bring a greater sense of warmth and relaxation to the outdoors!

a vase filled with flowers sitting on top of a table.

Ready for an outdoor space that spoils you silly? Contact us and we’d be delighted to help! Book your free discovery call with us or call us directly at 616-288-9780.

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