Patio Preparation For This Beautiful Weather!

Winter is coming and that means it’s time to make sure the backyard looks perfect for all the times you want to cuddle up with a blanket and hot cocoa outside! We’re here to help you make your patio space just as inviting as your interiors. Spicing up your backyard is a lot easier than you may think. With the right tools, strength, and some spare time, you’ll have the absolute best hangout spot just in time for those inviting cold nights!

If you have an open deck or an area adequate for an eating space, this project is perfect for your patio! If your flooring is similar to the one in the picture, you can start by picking a fun rug to place under your table. You can use a table that you already have or buy a new one that will fit in the space comfortably. Then, you can pick out colorful outdoor pillows and tableware for the sitting area. If you can, it’d be nice to incorporate light curtains around the space for decorative and privacy purposes. Lastly, lights must be added for that final touch of pizzazz! You can choose any hanging lights and place them to drape above your seating area. Now, you have designed the ultimate patio to help you enjoy those perfect weather meals!

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     Why not make your own day bed to lounge on this season!? There’s no reason to buy expensive outdoor furniture when you can make it yourself. There are countles wood plank projects to try, but you have to start with this one! By using pallets you can create a modern and chic patio day bed all on your own. To begin this project, you’ll need a lot of wooden planks and screws to make the foundation of the bed, which can be purchased at your local Home Depot. Once the bed is built, you’ll need a mattress to place on top. The photo below used a folding foam mattress from a folding guest bed. Then, you can paint the wood and style your bed however you please!

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     For our last idea, you can simply add some colorful paint to your existing furinture. Whether you have plastic chairs or wooden tables, a little bit of pretty paint won’t hurt! As long as your furniture can tollerate paint, this project is perfect for your patio. You can start by figuring out which items of furniture can be safely painted without ruining the material. Then, you can select your favorite fun paint colors and get to work! For a final touch you can throw in some patterened pillows like the ones shown in the picture to top off your patio. You now have a vibrant, personalized space to show off this season!upgrade your patio3

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     We hope you’ve enjoyed our patio ideas and use them as jumping off points to make your own perfect oasis. We know it’s Florida, but don’t let the cold stop you from making your backyard just as beautiful as the inside of your home! This season, be creative and let your patio be the talk of the town!

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Farmhouse Friendly: How to Decorate With A Farmhouse Style

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Farmhouse style is white hot right now! But, what IS farmhouse style? What defines it? How do we get the look? Do you have to live on a farm? Let’s start out by saying that farmhouse style is more of an attitude or a way of life than a style these days. Once farmhouse style was distinguished by 3 key elements… rural location, functional porches and formal and informal living space! Today, there are lots of fun decor elements that bring a warm, simple and savvy farmhouse look to almost any home, and that’s what we’re sharing today!

Farmhouse style originally developed out of necessity. It was born out of geography. Farmers needed places to live, and farmhouses reflected the land, building material and goods in the rural area. A farmhouse usually included a transition area from the outside to in… hence the farmhouse porch. The front of the home was the “formal” area where guests were welcomed. Although usually quite simple, it served to meet the formal social norms of the day. The back of the house usually had the kitchen and a bedroom, or if the home was two-stories, the bedrooms were upstairs. This is how the farmhouse style originated!

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Today, farmhouse style is a way of life that reflects a love for the land and it’s bounty while keeping a close connection between both. It loves simplicity and has a do-it-yourself attitude. Recycling, up cycling, and renovating are all in the wheelhouse of farmhouse style! Although unpretentious and very welcoming, there is a great sense of style about farmhouse living! Anyone can capture the spirit and spunk of a farmhouse style! It marries so well with other decor styles. (Traditional, Modern, Southern, Cottage and even Industrial, just to name a few.) By adding just a few practical and perfectly placed farmhouse elements, your home can radiate this popular style!

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For the kitchen, a farmhouse sink is the quintessential farmhouse element! Big hefty sinks were a must to hold lots of produce from the farm, babies that needed washing, chickens that needed plucking, and a whole lot more. We don’t have chickens to pluck or babies to wash, but we sure love a soapstone farmhouse sink! Along with the sink, all white cabinets are a farmhouse favorite! Rustic tables are also going to be essential to this design because they’ll add that warm and rugged appeal. This farmhouse table with a few classic styled chairs will put the finishing touch on the space. After the main points are done, you can accessorize with simple mason jars, rustic wood planks, burlap, and garden flowers! Photo Source

This farmhouse look is actually pretty easy if you really appreciate the style that you’re aiming for. We hope you like our little spiel about farmhouse living and styling your home. Now, put it to good use!

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