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Summer is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest. That means long, dry
days and perfect temperatures for outdoor lounging and dining. Are your
outdoor spaces ready?
If you don't already have outdoor spaces set up, our Outdoor Living collection offers an easy fix. All you really have to do to get the space ready is pick out some durable, easy-clean furniture and set up some accessories to make the space feel more personal.
You can start by picking out an indoor/outdoor rug to unify everything and create more comfort. These rugs are generally made with a flat weave and water-resistant materials that you can easily sweep, shake or hose down to keep clean. With an outdoor rug, you can define the space and create a versatile surface that can support a table or allow you to sprawl out on the ground without getting dirty.
The furniture you choose should vary depending on how you want to use your outdoor space. If you don't have much room, a couple of comfy chairs or a bench and some side tables can give you the versatility to read, have cocktails or just sit outside and relax. If you have more space, consider setting up a large table or two so you can host big parties.
After you've set up your foundation, pick out some decorative accessories that emphasize the atmosphere. If you want the space to feel rustic, some galvanized metal planters will add a farmhouse touch. For a more bohemian tone, pick up some floor cushions and poufs to enhance the lounging experience. And don't forget to add some light! If you don't have outdoor lighting set up, some overhead lights may help. Candlelight never hurts the mood, either, even if the space already has plenty of illumination.
No matter which direction you choose, remember that it's best to store your outdoor furniture in a covered space when it's not in use. Even the most durable materials like plastic and wood can become faded and dingy if you leave them out to brave the elements without any protection. So when summer ends and the rainy season rolls back around, stash all your great outdoor living gear in your garage or under a tarp so it's just as fresh and beautiful next year.
The Eagean Indoor/Outdoor Rug ($128) has a beautiful blue wave pattern that'll create a fun, watery feel on your lawn or patio. The pop of color is subtle and works perfectly with lush garden tones.
It's hard to beat the versatility of a classic picnic set for outdoor entertaining. The Oktoberfest Table Set ($448) is durable, and both the table and two benches fold for easy storage.
An outdoor throne fit for a bohemian patio queen! The Zahra Peacock Chair ($698) is made of rattan, a classic outdoor furniture material, and features a subtle pattern to add extra visual interest.
Give your outdoor dining table a stylishly eclectic look with this Wood Tray and Glass Votive Tabletop Set ($34). Available in five color options, you can refine your outdoor decor palette without going overboard.
Make the most of the sunshine by setting up some decorative plants in the Botanist Plant Stand by Magnolia Home ($228). From trailing, flowering plants like million bells to summer herbs like basil and chives, you can add color and flavor to your patio while keeping things stylish.
These are just a few of the outdoor furniture and accessories options you have to choose from. Get shopping and create the outdoor space of your dreams!