Posted July 1 2011, 8:08 AM PDT by Tara Sharp

Take it outside!

Posted in Living by Tara Sharp

BBQApronDust off your grill and get ready, it is the kick-off to barbecue season! Hopefully your summer is on its way to a good start and the weather is cooperating. The 4th of July always feels like the official start to the summer for me (perhaps because Seattle doesn't usually get too sunny and warm until after the holiday). Now that the sun is shining and the air is warm it is time to spend more time outside.

Extending your living space to the outdoors is nice for relaxing and entertaining. Here are some quick ideas to make your backyard patio more comfortable all summer long.

Grounds

Take a look at your surroundings and make some little changes that will make your outdoor time more enjoyable. Some easy updates for your backyard can be functional, like setting your sprinkler on a timer, so technology can water your yard and you can spend more time relaxing. Or find aesthetically pleasing replacements for necessary items like your hose storage. Other improvement can help transform your space into a sanctuary, like planting flowers to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

 

Furniture

The best outdoor furniture looks nice, feels comfortable, withstands the elements and is easy to store once the weather turns. You should consider how you plan to use your space: for lounging and reading a book, playing with the kids, entertaining, or all of the above. Treat outdoor spaces as an extension of your living room or dining room. Pick items that reflect your taste and serve your needs. If you grill a lot, extend your kitchen prep outside with tools and a surface ready at a moment’s notice. Or find a neat bar cart to have drinks accessible for your parties.

Lighting

Make sure you can enjoy your space after the sun goes down with the right lighting solutions. Candles are nice, but they can be a hazard if someone knocks them over or you forget them after you go indoors. Consider the mood you want to set and what you need to adequately light pathways and stairs. There are many options ranging from homemade to high-end and solar to electric.

Entertaining

Keep your entertaining supplies ready for impromptu gatherings with outdoor furniture that doubles as storage space. That way you don’t have to go searching for plastic table wear every time. Same goes with outdoor toys and games; use a closed plastic bin to store croquette sets, inflatable pool mats, and other fun gear. Another fun idea is setting up your own outdoor theater for late night showings and double features.

These are just a few of the ideas I’ve considered for upgrading an outdoor living space. How do you make the most of your outdoor space during the summer?


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  • Glad you liked the tips! Enjoy your summer outdoors. Feel free to share any of your tips back & let us know how your outdoor bar goes!

    Yours,
    Tara

    Posted July 06 2011, 4:28 AM by Tara Sharp

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  • Great tips. We do a lot of cooking and prep out side during the summer months the rolling bar would be a great addition to our backyard for more prep space. Not to mention it will be easy to put away for the winter or cover.

    Posted July 06 2011, 12:51 AM by John Coktostin

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