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Outdoor Living: Perfecting the Patio

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

In this issue:

Throw some shade...the good kind- Fun options to make sure you have shade on these sunny days

Garden goodness- Tips to start your garden, even if you have a small space

Outdoor comfort- Choosing the right furniture for your outdoor space

PLUS how to make your patio a natural extension of your home

Patio Planning

We can feel it; the need to get out and get moving on the patio projects we've thought about during the winter. The anticipation has built through the cold weather months and now is the time is to finalize the plans and move on to next steps.

Before you start, take a look at these tips for capitalizing on what you have or plan construction around what you need. Patio season is here, and I'm bringing you the inspiration to make the most of your patio planning!

Porch Pleasant

Over the last two years, patios and porches have become social scenes for good reason. They are an ideal location to connection with others in open air.

Elevate your porch by giving it pops of color, seating, a bit of greenery, and even some warm lights to welcome your neighbors over. Adding a grill offers another way to entertain with neighbors and friends.

How Much Shade

Notice where the sun hits your patio and garden so you can look into the right shade options.

  • Gazebos are a more permanent and fully covered type of shade.

  • Awnings on the other hand are attached to the home and most are retractable for your convenience.

  • Pergolas are wonderful for growing vines on them and provide partial shade throughout the day.

The Right Spot

The whole point of a patio area is to provide you a place to exist outside of your house.

A focal point, such as a fire pit or fountain, will anchor your outdoor space. This will serve as the primary gathering point and be the heart of your patio arrangement. The remaining decor will build off of this focal point area.

Choose outdoor rated furnishings that are comfortable. End tables, dining tables, and ottomans add convenience and provide surfaces where you can set plates, drinks, and accent décor.

Outdoor accessories, such a rugs, fans and lighting, are fun additions to really make your patio an outdoor room.

Small Space Gardening

Not everyone has the space to put an in-ground garden or add boxy shrubs for looks.

If you’re using a trellis or a fence for climbing plants, you don’t need to worry much about containers. However, if you’re creating a more traditional vertical garden, your containers will make a big difference in the look of your garden, the maintenance, and the plants you choose.


Dreaming about a new room? You can make your patio space an extension of your interior by installing large doors with glass panes that open wide.

This provides an easy transition from indoors to out when entertaining. The doors also allow more natural light in, a bigger view of the outside, and a beautiful frame for a gorgeous outdoor space.

Ready to make your outdoor space an entertaining dream? Contact me so I can help you design a space with function and flair that fits your lifestyle. *Many of the photos used in this patio edition are from my resources with outdoor furniture companies such as Lexington, Universal and Braxton Culler. Other photos include images from JANUS Et Cie and photographers on Unsplash.


Book an appointment on the website if you have questions or want to chat about your outdoor living areas.

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