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|Decorating for Summer Outdoor Living|
It's Time to Get Outside
Summer is here in the United
States, and everyone is thinking about getting outdoors. The season
may be short if you live in the east or Midwest or mountain states,
or it may extend almost year ‘round if you’re in southern states or
California. But wherever you may find yourself, it’s time to get
outside and enjoy the wonderful weather and beauty of
Vacations are a wonderful time to get outdoors, enjoy
hiking, do some outdoor cooking, or just lie around reading a good
book. But you don’t have to reserve those wonderful activities for
those too-short times. Read here for information on some wonderful
new products and suggestions on how to make the most of your outdoor
One of the wonderful things about summer weather is
that it lets you expand your living space without a costly home
renovation or addition. In many cases, you don't have to do much
decorating at all. All you really have to do is sweep off the front
porch and move a comfortable chair outside. Others of you may want
to create a ‘room’ outside, and the newest products for outdoor
living can help you do that at a minimal cost.
outdoor furniture is a must, but doesn’t have to be expensive. Two
lounging chairs and a table with four chairs for eating will really
make your outdoor space comfortable.
Many products are
available in a wide range of prices and come ready-to-assemble. You
can go to your local discount store and find very inexpensive pieces
that will last a year or two and give you good wear. Or you can make
a modest investment in cast aluminum or wrought iron pieces that
will last longer. Any of these needs to be brought inside in the
winter to give you the longest life, but they’re made to stay
outside for the summer months.
More substantial furniture
pieces made of teak, redwood, or the new, less-expensive eucalyptus
will give you many years of service if treated properly.
you’re looking to save on the pocketbook but not the quality, you
can put some models together yourself with glue and a dowel
No matter what kind of wood you select, you should
have a place indoors to store it through the winter.
furniture looks wonderful and classic outdoors, but does not wear
well in the elements. Cushions must be brought in from the rain and
the wicker will deteriorate in the hot sun and humidity if not cared
for properly. New all-weather wicker furniture may be the answer and
is made by a number of companies.
A glass- or
porcelain-topped table will hold up well throughout the
Top it with an umbrella to keep the sun off. You may want
to look at a fade-proof umbrella. Some new umbrellas are enhanced
with solar-powered LED lights strung up the inside on the spine.
They give a wonderful light for 8 hours after dark and are easy to
More Outdoor Necessities
To enhance your
outdoor space, flowers and plants are a must! Classic terra cotta
pots can be put anywhere to create a border around your outdoor
space. New materials are being used to make pots lighter and easier
to move around. Lightweight metal, PVC and plastic can be made in
any size and shape, are lighter than terra cotta, and can be moved
more easily. If you don’t like the exterior finish you find, try rag
painting or spray painting them to the color and finish of your
Some new planters have an integrated watering system
or a bottom water reservoir.
They’re the answer if you are going
to be away from home a lot and you don’t have any neighbors to water
What are you waiting for? The season is short, and
if you don’t get outside, you’ll regret it later. Enjoy the outdoors
in your new-found outdoor living space.