I know it feels as though we’re living in an episode of The Twilight Zone and we’re unsure of when life will fully return to normal. But, I’m a glass half full kinda gal. On the bright side, this time at home has awakened creativity, change, and motivation in many. I’m aware of the painful truth that for others this time at home has been brutal and for some, even deadly. There are too many women and children trapped in abusive homes, single mothers unable to provide for themselves and children at this time, and hardworking Americans not receiving unemployment compensation, the stimulus check, or any other form of income to help them through. For those of us who are blessed with less stress than others, a paycheck every week, and a constant light during a dark time, please don’t take any of it for granted. Fall asleep at night with a grateful heart and be sure to thank God, the universe, or whoever it is you pray to for everything that you have. With all of that being said, this is a time to appreciate nature and the ground we walk on. It’s time to create that outdoor living area you’ve always wanted.
I’ve always felt more at home outside than inside and I feel a sense of peace when I’m surrounded by nature. It’s no secret that I love decor and designing my home, but I really don’t need much to achieve happiness and comfort. I know that home decor and especially outdoor living pieces (such as sofas and dining sets) can be pricey, but no matter how large (or small) your outdoor space is, you can make it beautiful. I’ve continuously decorated my yard and deck with plants and decor but this year, since being under quarantine, I’ve made it a priority to make my deck and yard as beautiful as ever, because this is where I am every day. What are my favorite ways to enhance my outdoor living area?
- Plants (planted and potted)
- A seating area, loveseat, or lounge chair
- Outdoor pillows
- Lanterns, outdoor candles, and a good-quality wall light
- Garden decor (DIY & store bought)
- Seasonal decor (a seasonal flag, holiday decorations, etc.)
What are my favorite places to shop (especially during the pandemic)?
- Local nurseries and garden centers
- Tractor Supply
I wanted to create a space that fit our farmhouse style but that also reminded me of a vacation. I bought a loveseat from Wayfair and added palm leaf outdoor pillows to give it a more beachy vibe for the upcoming months. The great thing about outdoor pillows is that you can buy outdoor pillow covers and change them whenever you’d like. I kept an older table on the deck for my plants, candles, etc. and I ordered a new, smaller, teal side table to be placed by the loveseat to set a cup of coffee, a book, or another decor piece on (the little table is delayed but on the way). I also just bought a third pillow that’s adorable! I decided that this year I really wanted a gate at the top of our deck to ensure that Greyson is safe and able to spend time out there with me. He loves being outside, just like his mama.
It’s important to note than anything sitting outdoors (regardless of weatherproofing) will weather over time through the heat, snow, and rain. It’s an outdoor space for a reason! I have a cover for my outdoor loveseat and I cover it every night to protect it from the elements and critters. You don’t have to be as crazy as I am and cover your furniture every night, but it’s good to have a cover on hand. I made sure to invest in a really nice wall light for our deck and I couldn’t be happier with the one I chose. I love the glow of a warm, LED bulb opposed to the white colored light bulbs, especially for an outdoor space. The warm light adds a fireside glow in the evening. I bought the farmhouse light on Amazon and we love it! I always get compliments on it and it’s good quality. I also purchased the pretty, reversible, plastic rug from Amazon. It’s made of recycled plastic, which I love.
There’s nothing better than relaxing and drinking a glass of wine on the deck after a good, long day. Remember, even if you have a small balcony, a tiny porch, or a simple step leading into your home, there are millions of ways to decorate and create a fun, inspiring vibe. Invest in a birdhouse, hummingbird feeder, or a bird feeder. Sometimes, you wont attract the critters you’re wishing to (don’t get discouraged) but other times you will and it’ll connect you to nature. My yard is always filled with birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, and bunnies. The hummingbirds come back every year, eager to drink from their hummingbird feeder and I love to watch them. I always see at least five different kinds of birds in my yard, including Bluejays and Cardinals. It’s important if you have children to teach them to appreciate the world outside of their window and to give back to the planet, even if in just small ways. Plant a herb garden and discover the joy of fresh herbs, plant spring flowers in a garden bed and await their return each spring, or build and paint your own birdhouse.
Before you purchase new furniture, decor, and plants be sure to clean your yard and eliminate any unwanted plants, weeds, and trash. A clean space makes all of the difference! Remember, never strive for perfection because that’s not reality. Strive to create a space that makes you smile and feels like home.
I accomplished a few, DIY projects the past month and I’ll be sharing them with you 💗 I wish everyone endless adventures and creativity while at home ✨