Summer is outdoor time! At Your Decorating Hotline we’ve explored inspiring outdoor rooms, outdoor fountains, outdoor seating, and hammocks. There’s no doubt it’s great to be living outdoors during the summer months. Time is flying by, however, so don’t miss out on the fun. Right now is the time to let your garden party!
Small Touches with Big Garden Impact
Add some special touches to your yard and garden – something practical or whimsical – whatever it takes to draw you out of the house and outdoors for some summer fun. Here are just a few items to consider:
An outdoor rug helps anchor a seating area and make an outdoor space seem more like a living or family room. Made from material suitable for both sun and moisture, you, your family and your guests can live outside with all the comforts of indoors!
Give yourself some relief from the hot summer sun so you don’t need to retreat inside to escape the mid-day rays. Consider a patio umbrella as shown above, a large extendable and retractable patio awning, a pergola, an arbor or a lawn tent for some shelter. If your garden includes large leafy trees then just stretch out beneath them and enjoy their sun dappled shade.
Add the sound of flowing water to your garden in order mask traffic noise or muffle neighbors. Both of the photos above feature outdoor fountains, perfect for adding a bubbly liquid sound that is so soothing. If your space or budget are too small for a garden fountain, consider a table top version and reap the same benefits but on a smaller scale.
Harness wind instead of water if you prefer the sound of chimes. Tuck these garden bells, available at Target for $79.99, among your garden plants for a pleasant melodic surprise whenever a breeze develops. Traditional wind chimes are also available in metal, glass, pottery and bamboo versions to serenade you at the whimsy of the wind.
Keep a garden stool close at hand to enjoy a few solitary minutes sitting amongst the flowers or use it as an end table to hold a book and a cool drink when you have time to stretch out in a hammock or lounge about a bit longer.
In addition to your family, invite some feathered friends to enjoy the beauty of your garden this summer. This Home Bazaar Cozy Cottage Birdhouse is available at amazon.com for $66.08.
As the sun sets and the summer stars dance overhead, enjoy your garden at night with candle filled lanterns like these Malta Lanterns from potterybarn.com. Fill your garden with a variety of sizes, ranging from $29.00 to $99.00 each. Tip: white flowers look especially wonderful in a garden at night because they reflect the moonlight. Consider planting some in pots if your garden doesn’t include white. Candle light and white flowers will add magic to your garden each summer evening.
What’s Your Garden Party Tip?
What’s in your yard or garden that entices you and your family outside during the summer? Have you used any of these items or do you use a different bag of party tricks? Leave a note by clicking on the Comment link at the very bottom of this article or send an email to email@example.com. I’d love to hear what you do to enjoy your summer garden. Time is short – party on!