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I love small outdoor spaces. A little corner, a patch of porch… A cozy space made just for me! I have one of those simple outdoor spaces! You will find me there most morning in my pj’s with a big cup of coffee, reading or doing devotions or blogging or going through my piles of emails. It’s not fancy or expensive but it IS sassy and serene and… me! Do you have an outdoor space all your own? You should! I’ll show you how I created mine and embraced my space!
I just hosed it down. Living in the middle of farm fields can be a challenge. There is always some dirt or pollen or fragments of what is being grown in the fields swirling around! But the views are so worth the trouble!
To create a space of your own you first need to find a little space that will work for you. It does not have to be big. Just enough for a piece of outdoor furniture or two!
The corner of my porch works perfectly for me. It’s shaded until late afternoon. A wonderful place to work!
Now for all of you who think I only like neutrals… think again! I love love love color. I chose a color palette of black, white, hot pink and bright spring green. Very fun and girly!
Since we are making an outdoor space just for us we need to choose colors WE love. I say… this space does not have to match or work with the rest of your home. This is a space all about YOU! Embrace your space!
I was so inspired by these hot pink MONROVIA verbena in choosing colors for my outdoor living space. The remind me of bright pink lipstick! Wow!
I’m using this very sturdy, oh so comfortable, and very inexpensive mesh furniture that I got at Lowe’s… the same place I got the annuals! The wind at StoneGable can be fierce, so I selected easy-care furniture that would hold up and won’t blow away on a windy day!
What furniture will you choose? A rocker and small side table, a table and chairs like I did, a director’s chair and a poof or a hammock under your favorite shade tree? Use your imagination! Just make sure the furniture you choose can hold up to inclement weather.
The next thing I chose for this space was the chair pads and cushions. I’ve had them for several years and they were just what I needed for this area!
It thrills me to reuse something and give it another life!
How will you bring your color palette into your space? Chair pads, cushions, a throw, place mats or beach towel? There are so many fabulous colors for outdoor living!
To bring the “outdoor room” together I added a small indoor/outdoor rug. Again, I already had this rug. It has been on my front porch for several years
I think rugs are such an important part of outdoor living! Choose a rug that ties your colors together and defines your space.
Since I did not use any hot pink in my outdoor furnishings I wanted to bring the color to my living space with flowers! Beautiful flowers!
I chose a profusion of hot pink blooms. Monrovia “Lanai Upright Verbena” was my choice! Aren’t these just gorgeous?
The gray pot was once a regular terracotta pot. I painted it a soft gray with chalk paint! The pink works so much better with the gray than with a dull orange color!
Just think of all the colors you could paint a container to work with your outdoor space colors!
To add a little more drama I picked Monrovia “Sidekick Sweet Potato Vine” in a gorgeous deep and sultry almost-black-purple!
The Lantana will grow thick and upright providing an ongoing flower show all summer long and the sweet potato vine will impressively spill over the sides of the containers. Sigh! And they are easy to care for!
I like a tight color palette. I think choosing just a few colors to work with creates a very powerful statement! I love love love how vivid and striking these blooms are!
The last thing to add to create a great outdoor space is the embellishments! Think about adding outdoor curtains, or shutters. Would an outdoor chandy or lantern work in your space?
My space is mostly an outdoor work space, so I kept it simple. I added a bright green garden stool to put my morning coffee on since I usually have my computer and calendar etc spread out on the table.
It’s such a pleasure to have a simple outdoor space created just for me and my needs. How about you? Embrace your space and enjoy it all summer long! What kind of a space would you create?
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