Small Outdoor Living Spaces

Side Yard Garden

Clever Side Yard Garden on Pinterest

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.

Pretty stone patio

A pretty stone patio that’s almost maintenance free.

A perfect small deck design on Pinterest

A perfect small deck design on Pinterest

A cozy little deck

A cozy little deck.

Small courtyard

Small Courtyard beautifully designed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Orian Indoor Outdoor Rug

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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(Updated 4/20/2018)

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Decorating Ideas from Pinterest

If I’m looking for a recipe or beautiful artwork or a clever quotation, I can always find dozens of ideas on Pinterest, which is one of the fastest growing social networks, ever!

I think of Pinterest as the photo equivalent of Twitter!

Except that instead of short 140 character posts, Pinterest is a collection of small photos representing dozens of interests.

Cooking, decorating, reading, DIYing, fashion, humor, science, sports…you name the interest and if you can’t find a board that meets your search, I’ll be very surprised!

I have a Pinterest board called Small Space Solutions where I post photographs and links that are excellent ideas for maximizing small spaces.  Like this clever idea for organizing jewelry:

 

Several of my related Pinterest boards are:

Architectural Elements

Pinterest architecture

Home Style

<a href=”https://smallspacedecorideas.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Pinterest-homestyle task management system.jpg”>Pinterest homestyle

Beautiful Homes, Inside and Out 

(including lots of small cottages/tiny houses)

pinterest beautiful tiny

Brilliant Miscellaneous Ideas

Pinterest Brilliant

Inspired Garden Ideas

Pinterest garden

Nearly every day I find something new to “pin”!

So check out my links and then join me on Pinterest…register if you aren’t there, already.

Then, let me know in the comments what your link is.

I’d love to follow you…perhaps I’ll find a new passion!