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Outdoor Living

Photo: Home Bunch

Weather Whiplash – a term you may not be familiar with if you’ve never lived in a northern climate. In the past month alone, Minnesota saw temperatures close to 90 and then 30. All in the same week. It’s no wonder we are ready to swing open our doors and start living al fresco.

Outdoor living spaces have become increasingly popular in recent years and for good reason. After all, they became important extensions of our home during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

From a simple patio or deck to a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, there are some universal considerations when planning your outdoor space.


Photo: Pure Salt Interiors


Step 1. Choose a Focal Point

An exterior focal point acts the same as an interior focal point, adding interest and drawing your attention to it. Inside, a focal point may be a stunning piece of art in your living room or a range hood in your kitchen. Outside, think of a fire pit, water feature, or even a large tree. The focal point you choose will dictate other design decisions.

Step 2. Create Zones

If space allows, consider breaking up your space into zones. For example, you could have a dining area, a seating area, and a garden area. This will make the space more functional and allow you to use it for a variety of activities.

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Step 3. Choose Comfortable Furniture

If you haven’t shopped for outdoor furniture in a while, you may be surprised to find out that some outdoor furniture is difficult to distinguish from its indoor counterpart, both in look and comfort. If you plan to spend a lot of time in your outdoor space (and who doesn’t?), choose furniture that is cozy and will withstand the elements. Look for materials that are easy to clean and won’t fade in the sun. There are endless options out there!

Photo: Jute Home

Step 4. Incorporate Lighting

Lighting can not only make your outdoor space usable at night, but it adds to the overall look and feel of your outdoor space. Just like indoors, consider incorporating ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting to create a layered effect.

Photo: Terrain

Whether you have a small balcony or a sprawling backyard, there are lots of ways to create an outdoor oasis. So go ahead, and embrace outdoor living… it’s here to stay, at least until October.


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