8 Tips for Making Your Home a Place to Gather – Pt. 4 – The Great Outdoors

Many modern homes have exchanged exterior walls for wide open windows and glass doors. While this does mean fewer walls to be painted warm colors and hang unique art, it also means it is easier than ever to bring the outside in, which is inviting all on its own. 

  • With warmer temperatures that are extending each year, we are able to use our outdoor spaces longer. By planning electrical and sometimes gas for heaters and fire pits, we can extend the use of our outdoor spaces to near year-round use.
  • Another key element to making your outdoor space great for gatherings is overhead shade. It can be a structure, umbrella, pergola, or gazebo, whatever you can fit. You can even purchase inexpensive sail shades that connect to the side of your home without any structural requirements and are easy to remove and store.
  • Outdoor furniture has come a very long way over the years, sometimes they look just like indoor furniture. Choose pieces that make sense for your life. If you are a chef, focus on having a large dining table to serve your feasts. If you are the mixologist extraordinaire, squishy lounge furniture may be better for you. Pillows should not be ignored on the patio. You want your outdoor hosting space to be just as inviting as the rest of your home.
  • Despite the advancements in outdoor technology, we still recommend proper storage and protection. Think of how frustrating it would be to bring your guests outside to find bugs, dirt and sun damage on your beautiful patio furniture. Most pieces offer the option to add matching covers or there are many options available after purchase, and trust us, THEY ARE WORTH IT. You can store cushions and pillows in large plastic totes or find specialized outdoor storage solutions. Properly protecting and storing your patio pieces really extends their life in your home and the upfront investment pays off in the long run.