Creating An Outdoors Conversation Area

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!

We did! Our Granddaughter was old enough this year to hunt for eggs with her little basket and it was probably the cutest thing ever!

She really knew what she was doing! Funny how quick they pick up on the concept of hunting eggs!

So I mentioned in a previous post that I was giving the back porch a little update. And I'm sorry I don't have pictures to show you yet. But do you ever feel like you have too many irons in the fire?

That's how I feel right now!

And let me tell you in decorating that is probably one of the biggest mistakes of all…to rush it!

So I'm taking a step back and letting my creative flow rest for a while without acting on it!

But that doesn't mean I can't show you what's in this little head of mine…So if you don't want to see look away!

My vision for our back porch is cozy, intimate and ready for some late night conversation. So how do I create it?

Here are a few simple tips-
1. Think about your outside area like you would the inside of your home
If you think of this area as just another room it really makes pulling it together easy.
 Whether the area is covered, screened, or open, try to pull the area together by an outdoor rug to form a conversation area. Set up cozy vignettes to make chatting into the night intimate and comfortable.
Farmhouse Porch by Atlanta Architects & Designers Historical Concepts

I'm in love with this porch swing and fireplace which houses a television behind the paneled doors above.
If you're designing an outside conversation area how about a pergola to define the space?

2. Put a lot of thought into your main pieces
Really think about how your going to use your space when picking out the important pieces, such as sofas and chairs.
 To give your space character and a collected look, your pieces should never be matchy-matchy. Maybe try different pieces from different collections. You'll be amazed at how this makes the space unique and "Yours" Which is what you want!

Joan from  For The Love Of A House does this impeccably! I love the wrought iron table with the wicker chairs. The iron table on the back wall was found while junking and was originally used as a garbage can holder! They added the marble top and tah-dah instant charm!

3. Accessories
Accessorizing your outdoor space is just as important as your indoor space. Add dramatic lighting such as a chandelier to give your space dramatic impact. Battery operated candles and lanterns make staying up late on your porch and possibly falling asleep no worry.
Use mirrors, even art if it's water safe. Pretty pots of flowers help to soften hard edges. If your area is covered keep a basket with lightweight blankets on hand to snuggle up with.

Candles and sconces add mood lighting at night.

Pretty pillows, blankets and a coffee table to prop your feet up on is a must when creating an outdoor space. A basket next to your favorite chair filled with your favorite books and magazines is a nice touch too.

Are you creating an outdoor conversation area?

I'd love to hear from you!
Have a great day!

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