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We’re in the midst of updating our backyard patio, especially now that our youngest is big enough to enjoy playing outside. We found a pair of chairs and a low outdoor coffee table on our local Craigslist for a steal and I’m amazed how a simple, relatively inexpensive update has brought us so much more enjoyment of our patio. And with a little creativity, you can create a beautiful outdoor living space for the whole family to enjoy as the weather turns warm. Here’s a roundup of 11 easy ideas to update your patio or porch.

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Use unexpected pieces to bring personality to your porch. An old trunk and mismatched side tables add a lot of style and function (think toy storage!). Plus they could easily be sourced from antique shops for not a lot of money and easily updated with a coat of paint.

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Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t have great lighting. In a covered porch or patio, set the mood with a pair of lamps flanking an outdoor sofa.

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Why not add outdoor curtains to your front porch? They’re a great way to block harsh sunlight and to provide privacy from too-close neighbors.

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String lights mounted overhead bring a soft warm glow to your evening dinner party. Wall-mounted sconces embedded in a greenery-laden wall bring an extra layer of polish to the dining space.

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Have plenty of little side tables that can double as seating in a pinch. By choosing items that can do double duty, you get maximum bang for your buck.

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Outdoor pillows are a great way to provide a comfy place for your guests to relax. Don’t be afraid to have a rainbow of hues. These brightly colored pillows bring an all-white deck to life but stay chic since they’re all the same pattern. Remember – repetition is always your friend when it comes to design.

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A long low outdoor sofa is shaded under a broad outdoor umbrella. Sofas are a great way to offer a lot of seating and lounge space – it’s the perfect place to catch an afternoon nap in the breeze.

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Try an unexpected indoor element outside: a big round mirror is a beautiful addition to the brick wall and outdoor sofa.

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An indoor/outdoor rug will make any outdoor space feel more cohesive and intentional. Plus it will also keep your feet from burning on hot concrete.

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Have a consistent color scheme for your outdoor living room. Just like any interior room, a tight color palette will bring a sense of continuity and intention. Balance it with a neutral to give your eye a rest (like the white ceramic garden stool and clapboard walls of the house).

outdoor upholstery

Don’t be afraid to try upholstered furniture in outdoor fabrics, particularly on a covered patio. Specially designed to wick away moisture and resist fading, there’s a wealth of comfortable lounge furniture in a surprising array of fabrics. (via)

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Even the smallest of patios can be made extra cozy with the addition of fun textiles, an array of plants, and mood-setting lighting (check out those mismatched candelabras!). (via)

What are your favorite ways to beautify your outdoor space? Share in the comments!


Trend: Multifunctional Credenzas

The credenza is one of my top storage furniture picks because of the endless versatility that it offers.  Today, I am sharing the top eight ways to utilize these multifunctional furniture pieces.

 

One: Dining Room Storage

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The dining room is one of the most common places in which a credenza (also known as a buffet or sideboard) is used as storage.  They are wonderful for stashing away bulky appliances, baskets containing dining decor, linens and accessories and even serving dishes.  The top acts as a prime space for serving up a big Sunday brunch or intimate family dinner.

 

Two: Media Storage

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Credenzas are lovely, unique and statement media stands.  They are a step above big box store options, and often times boasting in character.  Most are designed with a mixture of drawers and cabinets, making them ideal for storing both large components and smaller bins of digital media.  Whether the TV mounted on the wall or set directly on the stand itself, a credenza will provide visual balance and scale to the larger piece of technology.

 

Three:  Shoe Storage

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There is no doubt that a beautiful old credenza will add beauty to your entry.  Especially when it is serving as a way to tuck away and conceal unsightly footwear and cold weather accessories.

 

When using these beautiful pieces as entryway storage, it is a good idea to line the bottom and any shelves with durable shelf liner or shoe trays to protect the finish of the furniture.

 

Four:  School Cubbies

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We personally turned a large, three door credenza into hard-working school cubbies for our children.  We do not have a designated mud-room inside of our front door, therefore, the set of cabinets does takes on many of those tasks.  The large plastic baskets hold footwear, the smaller acts as a charging station for any electronics.  The paper boxes hold daily papers and school supplies and the remaining space stores backpacks and lunch totes.  The doors even act as a command center for staying on top of daily communications, homework and schedules.

 

Five:  Toy Storage

Not only do kids need storage for their daily school gear, but for their play gear as well.  Open faced options keep toys accessible and easy breezy to find and put away, while concealed options keep everything tucked away nice and tidy.

 

Six:  Changing Table

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Fellow Style Spotter, Joni, boasts great storage within her nursery due to the beautiful vintage credenza that she selected.  The cabinet keeps unsightly necessities concealed within organized drawers while the top provides ample space for daily changes and cleanups.

 

Seven: Office Storage

Not only is the credenza shown above beautiful with it’s hand painted chevron treatment, the inside contains a surprising amount of organized office storage.  The size of the cabinet made it an idea candidate for holding those unsightly and bulky office electronics and mailing supplies.

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Eight:  Bar/Serving Station

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By adding a large sideboard within your living area or dining room, it “serves” as the perfect place to hang out during a gathering or happy hour.  The inside can store wines, glassware and serving accessories, and the top can keep the bottles and mixers on display.

 

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