Bringing your living area outdoors extends your entertaining and relaxing space in an exciting way. Enjoy the fresh air, sounds of the birds and serenity of your backyard. Decorate your porch, patio or deck with carefully designed furniture. Roomy wicker chairs and ottomans will make you want to stay outside. The tables and chairs we have at west elm are ideal for having meals alfresco. Breakfast in the morning and dinner at night might taste better when you’re experiencing a little bit of nature at the same time.
Keep comfortable in the warmer seasons by putting a freestanding umbrella on your deck or patio. The outdoor sale umbrellas are decorative and add enough shade to protect you from the sun’s harsh rays. The umbrella fits snug in a stand to stay secure.
You might be inclined to add some plants and flowers to your outdoor space. Select outdoor garden planters that fit your motif. Ceramic, chalkboard and metal planters filled with tropical flora will add an island vibe. Drape ivy plants over the sides of planters for a lazy, airy appeal. Low-maintenance terrariums are easy to take care of and fit any decorating theme. You might want to line matching planters in a row for a defined appearance or mix and match them for an eclectic mood.
Put some candles in and around your outdoor area. Citronella candles will help deter mosquitoes and other stinging bugs. Decorative candles placed in outdoor lanterns and hurricane lamps accentuate the ambience while shedding some light where you need it. Scatter tealights wherever you want a little extra light in tighter, small areas.
No doubt you have created an awesome outdoor living room by now. Rather than keep it to yourself, you might want to invite friends or family over for a visit or a party. Outdoor entertaining is simple and easy with less cleanup than indoor entertaining. Serve food on acrylic dishes and wooden serving platters without the risk of breaking them. If you prefer, stunning ceramic dishes are sturdy enough for outdoors. Woven placemats and runners add natural texture and look fabulous on an outdoor table. Then, place a large, glass drink dispenser in a convenient area to serve guests lemonade, sangria or tea. This will likely be a gathering spot, so keep finger foods or appetizers on hand. If you and your guest like Moscow mules, serve them in appropriate copper mugs. The mugs are also good for serving other cold drinks too.