5 Ideas for Bringing Indoor Furniture Outdoors

Happy Monday friends!  Ugh it has been one of those weeks.  For no particular reason, I feel extremely behind on life, work, everything.  I think it was Easter that through me off.  We were gone all day at events and I woke up on Monday feeling like I needed an extra day.  Can anyone else relate?

Well, I am gearing up to tackle our yard and I was thinking back to my Patio Style Challenge I did last year for the Home Depot.  I realized just how much indoor furniture I pulled to use in my outdoor space. There are all kinds of tips and tricks for making indoor furniture work outside. After all, the best outdoor spaces are the ones that feel like an outdoor living room or an extension of the interior.  Here are my top 5 indoor pieces that can be incorporated outside.

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Number 1:  Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

Their versatility is in the name itself.  These hard-working rugs can work indoors or out.  Nothing makes a patio feel more like an extension of a home than a rug.  They anchor the space and help with furniture placement.

Gone are the days of only a few patterns and colors.  If you can dream it up, they probably have an outdoor rug in that color or pattern.  Also there are quite a few ways to spruce up an affordable yet plain outdoor rug from a big box store by painting it with a stencil.  Type in DIY Outdoor Rug into Pinterest and you will have ideas for days!!

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Number 2:  Garden Stools

These Asian ceramic beauties are totally weather-proof and work as beautifully outdoors as indoors.  I have several garden stools I routinely swap between the indoors and outdoors.  They can provide extra seating and can serve as a side table as well.  Just hose them down when you are ready to bring them inside.

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These garden stools sold at the Home Depot are resin and made for outdoor use.  They are very affordable and can be painted any color you like.  I chose a Chartreuse!

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Number 3: Outdoor Pillows

Nothing finishes off an outdoor space more than outdoor pillows.  They are an affordable way to switch things up every few years.  In fact, my pillow hoarding habit has grown to include outdoor pillows!

You can even get them with all kinds of flair such as trim and tassels at online retailers such as Frontgate.

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Have a fabric you love and want to use it outdoors?  Rustoleum’s Never Wet to the rescue.  It is a waterproofing treatment that can be used on fabric to make it water and fade resistant.

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Number 4: Outdoor Curtains

Outdoor curtains are definitely a go-to for me to give my outdoor space that “living room” feel. They add privacy and can double as a decorative focal point.  You can use curtain tie-backs to give them that finished look.  You can also DIY them on the cheap using drop clothes and  finish them off with a painted border or Duct tape on the border.

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Number 5: Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light and can be a great focal point for outdoor decor.  They just scream “secret garden” to me! Mirrors can also be sealed and weather-proofed in order to protect them from the elements.

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If you have a covered patio, your options are endless.  You can bring in a light fixture, lamps, console tables, art work and more.  About 80 percent of the furniture on my patio below is from inside.

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Do you ever incorporate indoor items into your outdoor space?  Any tips on prepping them for the elements?

xo,

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It’s Spring Home Tour Season!!

Hi all.  Just popping in today to announce the kick-off of the 2016 Spring Tour of Homes.  A huge shout-out to Marty@A Stroll Thru Life for organizing the tour.  It is no small undertaking.  Monday was the first day of the tour and the full line-up is listed below.  The tour includes 29 other design bloggers who open up their homes to show you their Spring decor.  Each blogger has a totally unique design style, so there is something fore everyone.  My tour is on Thursday so be sure to check it out!

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Monday – Mar 21

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

Life on Virginia Street – Sarah

Thrifty and Chic – Alicia

Snazzy Little Things -Jeanette

Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna

 

TuesdayMar 22

Making Home Base -Chelsea

Claire Brody Designs -Claire

Driven By Decor – Kris

Eleven Gables – Emily

Bliss @ Home – Kristin

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

 

WednesdayMar 23

 

Style Your Senses -Mallory

Our Southern Home – Christy

Simple Details – Pam

Decor To Adore – Laura

Monica Wants It – Monica

21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

 

ThursdayMar 24

Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Simple Stylings – Summer

Remodelando La Casa – Cristina

Life Love Larson – Andrea

Our Fifth House -Carmel

No Minimalist Here – Sherry

 

Fri – Mar 25

Dimples & Tangles -Jennifer

Refresh Restyle – Debbie

Far Above Rubies -Anita

Talk Of The House – Kelly

Tidbits & Twine -Kim

It All Started With Paint – Linda

 

Hope you will join us this week!

xoxo

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Spring Accents On The Bar Cart

I absolutely love my Target wood and brass bar cart.  However, its brass and wood tones make it a bit on the dark side.  For fall and winter, it is perfect, but for Spring I wanted to liven it up a bit!

Cue in some flowers, fresh fruit and brightly colored straws and we are good to go!

Here is what it looks like now!

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I found these little guys at a thrift store for only $5.  Gotta love the hunt!  I added some gold spray paint and they are like new.

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These pink carnations were only $3 and they have lasted forever.  They are such an inexpensive flower to use in small or large groupings.  Move over roses!

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You can follow my obsession with this bar cart here, here and here.  You can see “her” all dolled up for Christmas here.

Are you a fan of the bar cart?  If so, do you give it a gender like I do? Haha!  I feel like it is such a staple and can fit in any room with any decor.

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Spring is in the air!!  Actually, this week has felt more like winter in Northern California, but a mere technicality!  I don’t decorate per se for Spring, but I do love to add a few touches here and there.  This usually involves me buying more flowers than I can carry!  Here are some touches of Spring from around our home:

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What about you?  Do you decorate for Spring or Easter?  What is your favorite way to incorporate this lovely season into your home?