Beautiful outdoor "rooms" | Mohawk Creative Home

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Summer officially arrives this month, although here in Savannah it’s been HOT since April!  At my house, we’ve been enjoying as much time outside as possible.  Whether its cooking dinner on the grill, curling up in a chair with a book and a cold drink, or dining al fresco; your porch, deck, or patio can (and should) become an extension of your living space during the warm months.

I’ve found some beautiful outdoor spaces for you to enjoy, and I’ll tell you how you can re-create similar looks in your own home.

A covered deck, porch, or patio gives you the most flexibility because of the protection from the elements that it affords.  In the above photo, the mirror and wall sconces make the porch feel like an indoor room, while the plants bring the outdoors in.

Curtains made of outdoor panels, as seen below, provide privacy and allow you to block the sun.  They also serve the practical purpose of keeping bugs out!  {DIY on a budget tip: you can see how I created a “faux” screened porch using inexpensive sheer panels here}

An outdoor fireplace allows you to extend your enjoyment of your outdoor space through the fall and sometimes the winter,  depending on where you live.  If a “real” fireplace is out of your budget, then consider a fire pit.  You can purchase them inexpensively, or DIY your own for just a fraction of the cost of a fireplace. {DIY on a budget tip:  see how to create your own fire pit here}.

A chandelier definitely makes your outdoor space pop, and coordinating wall sconces and even lamps create a bright and cozy space.  Just be sure that your fixtures are rated for outdoor use! {DIY on a budget tip:  buy an old brass chandelier from Craigslist or a yard sale and spray paint it a more updated color, like I did here}

Since most cushions and pillows (and even rugs) are built to weather the elements, add textiles to make your outdoor living space as cozy as possible.  I love to add a basket of throw blankets for cool evenings.  And notice how a throw, a stack of books and a framed picture in the below photo make the space inviting:

Garden stools are a versatile piece to use in your outdoor decor.  Weatherproof and colorful, they can function as a side table, footrest, or extra seating.

A lantern or two to burn some citronella candles is always a good thing, too, to keep those pesky bugs away!

{DIY on a budget tip: even a small space can be made into an inviting outdoor room:}

Enjoy the great outdoors, and thanks for stopping by-

 

Final New Christy headshot 2015

 

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