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Sweet Summertime

Summertime is all about the great outdoors. This can range from hiking and exploring the mountains all day, to settling in with a good book on your patio, or entertaining friends with some great food and even better company. The great thing about patios is that they have the comfort of your home, but get you outside to soak up some much needed Vitamin D.

So what are some useful ways to update your patio and make it the place to be for all your friends? Here are some helpful tips to make your dream space a reality!

1. Create a focal point- This can be done through an accent wall, painting outdated brick, or even using part of your fence as a blank canvas to let your creativity flow. This adds contrast to your outdoor space and pulls all the pieces together.

2. Lighting matters- Although natural light is the best light, there needs to be other options for when your entertaining runs well into the evening. The best way to do this is to use lanterns or LED string lights to create a cozy area, but to also give off enough light for everyone.

3. Indoor Accessories are not limited to the indoors- Grab your favorite throw pillows and blankets to make the space as homey and inviting as you would like it. These are great pieces that can serve the indoors AND the outdoors. Other options for making your patio cozy would be to add some rugs and curtains to give your space some privacy.

4. Can you ever have too many flowers? Not when you use a variety of planters and mix n' match your style of flowers, bushes, plants, etc. Summertime isn't complete without adding these beautiful parts of nature to your space.

Now go and make your outdoor space everything you have ever wanted and on a budget too!

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