One of the most clever ways to maximize living in a small space is to add outdoor living space wherever possible. If you have a deck or patio area, you’re all set.
Decorating an outdoor living space is lots of fun and very rewarding. And it can be accomplished on any budget…small budget or “the sky’s the limit”.
This is probably not the best time of year to talk about moving outdoors but then again maybe it’s the perfect time!
I moved to my townhouse in Minnesota in February when there was snow up to my waist. I had a tiny private patio and I couldn’t wait to sit outside on a warm summer day with a glass of wine or iced tea.
I had months to browse the internet for ideas. Pinterest is my favorite place to find unique solutions to most decor dilemmas, including outdoor living spaces. Here are a few of my favorites!
Even the smallest deck offers additional space and can be a delightful place to relax at the end of a long day or on a summer evening.
So these are just a few suggestions to get your own creative juices flowing.
You can find small scale patio furnishings that are beautiful and reasonably priced so many places, these days.
Dot & Bo, for example, is one of my favorite sources.
Don’t be afraid to add pattern or color. Think of the space as an indoor room when you’re deciding on furnishings.
Rugs and curtains add interest and warmth and there are so many materials that are impervious to temperature and weather fluctuations.
UPDATE: It’s spring! Sort of…Well, almost…
While I lived in Minnesota spring was slow in coming. Now that I’m in Arizona, it’s awesome being able to sit out on my patio most of the year. I will admit that it’s not so enjoyable during summer months!
But real spring weather is just around the corner.
In the meantime, if you have created a comfortable and pleasing outdoor area that suits your small space to a tee, be sure to leave a comment below and post a photo or two, as well.
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