How to Make Your Backyard Ready for Entertaining

We are nearly halfway through the summer months and it’s prime time party season!  With Independence Day around the corner, everyone wants to entertain with their new patio furniture and accessories.  A common design challenge people face is where and how they should invest.  I have some great ideas on how to renovate your backyard without breaking the bank.  

The simplest way to make a big impact on your outdoor space on a limited budget is to update the details, including accent pillows, outdoor rugs, lighting, and accessories, as well as to ensure the care and maintenance of existing furniture.  

Instead of updating your lounge seating which can be costly, try purchasing a new throw pillow or blanket. Choose ones with a splash of color or a fun pattern on there to add more interest.  Your existing furniture will look brand new!

Outdoor rugs are often overlooked outside, but they can help anchor a group of furniture.  Furniture can look lost in a large backyard or deck, but by placing a rug underneath it will help to signify the area is a unified space.   This is also a good opportunity to add another color or pattern to the outdoors.   

Treat your outdoor lighting like you would your indoor by using multiple lighting options – large outdoor spotlights and sconces are just the beginning; also consider draping fun twinkle lights or placing lanterns and candles on your various surfaces.  

Don’t forget to accessorize.  It’s the best way to add some flair to the outdoors that can cater to your style.  Try incorporating more organic items; you are outside after all!  Organic items can include rocks, a collection of sea shells, or flowers. Other accessory ideas are statues, jars, and wind chimes. The options are endless, but be sure not to add to much clutter to your surfaces. Your eye naturally turns to the outdoors so keep your accessories to a minimum so as not to steal all of the attention.  

Lastly, an important part of keeping your backyard always looking great is paying close attention to the condition of your current furniture.  Every surface is unique and requires different care from your wood to wicker to metal. Make sure to read the care manual the furniture came with or that you can find online.  

Now that you know how to style your space, where should you shop?  I have a few go to places when purchasing outdoor furniture for clients. If you are looking to add a punch of color to your outdoor setting try looking at World Market. Some of my favorite items are their umbrellas and throw pillows.  If you are in need of fun and funky accessories look no further than CB2 and Pier 1.  CB2 has a more modern feel, while Pier 1 has an eclectic vibe.  West Elm has a nice array of outdoor lighting, vases, and jars.  It’s also a great source for a mid century modern look. 

By following these suggestions I have no doubt that your backyard will be looking festive for the party.  Have a fantastic time enjoying the fresh air!  

Project Spotlight: Pocopson House (Part 2)

Family Room + Patio

Last week I talked about the master bedroom and breakfast room for the West Chester project. Now I am excited to reveal the last 2 spaces, the family room and patio. I wanted to keep the family room neutral with pops of color and pattern in the accessories like art work, pillows, and rug. My clients love to entertain so I wanted to max out their seating area with a large sectional, ottomans, and even a coffee table that could act as seating if need be. Another thing to check off our list was to make this a baby safe environment. I wanted to eliminate hard sharp edges so I chose round tables and a fabric coffee table for the little one. 

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Sectional from  Room and Board . Coffee table from  Cisco Brothers . Ottomans from  Serenity Living . End tables from  Noir  and  Bungalow 5 . Rug from  FLOR . Table lamp from  Pottery Barn . Floor Lamp from  West Elm . Roman shades from  The Shade Store . Art work from  Leftbank Art . Mirror from  Bungalow 5 .

Sectional from Room and Board. Coffee table from Cisco Brothers. Ottomans from Serenity Living. End tables from Noir and Bungalow 5. Rug from FLOR. Table lamp from Pottery Barn. Floor Lamp from West Elm. Roman shades from The Shade Store. Art work from Leftbank Art. Mirror from Bungalow 5.

My clients wanted a backyard where they could BBQ and entertain. I also wanted to make this a fun area to sit and take in their nice views. I liked how the umbrella reflected all of the pretty colors of the outdoors and drew in the bright blue of the french bistro chairs so that everything was brought together.

Chairs from  All Modern . Dining Table from  West Elm . Umbrella from  World Market .

Chairs from All Modern. Dining Table from West Elm. Umbrella from World Market.