4 ways to Freshen up your Outdoor space

4 Ways to Freshen Up Your Outdoor SpaceIt’s that time of year when the sun is out a little longer and the flowers are starting to bloom. For the past few years I have lived in city apartments and loved decorating the balcony with bright colors and potted flowers. We even had some real grass for the dogs. Creating a little garden oasis where I could enjoy the city views was amazing. This winter, we moved to house in the suburbs which means our outdoor space has grown 1,000%! We now have two porches and a backyard and I’m not sure who is more excited about this, the pups or me?! As the flowers are starting to sprout, so is my spring wish list!

Today, I’m sharing 4 easy ways to freshen up your outdoor space whether you have a small balcony or a big backyard:

1.) Garden Stools: These are so versatile and now come in just about any color you can think of. I have been waiting patiently for Lilly Pulitzer for Target to arrive (this Sunday!) so I can pick up one of these classic white garden stools. Since we only get to enjoy a few months of the year outside, I will definitely be bringing it indoors to use an accent table when fall arrives.

If you are looking for a garden stool, Safavieh has a variety with different styles and I picked some of my favorites from their collection. Don’t you just love the elephant?

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2.) Planters: Vibrant and patterned planters add a pop of color and this article has some creative DIY ideas to revamp the planters you already own. Or just a quick coat of paint can go along way to give an old planter a new look. 

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3.) Pillows: Outdoor pillows add warmth and texture to your outdoor space. They are easy to switch up depending on what kind of mood you want to create. Playful? Coastal? Monogram pillows add a personal touch. I’ve been eyeing these for my own porch.

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The Pop O’ Color shop on Etsy has a lot of playful, colorful outdoor pillows at reasonable prices.

4.) For the Birdies: Liven up your garden or porch with a whimsical bird house or feeder! How adorable are these Air Balloon bird houses?

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These houses are something to Tweet about!

Maybe I’ll even be able to attract some hummingbirds this season with one of these beautiful hand blown glass feeders.

4 Ways to Freshen up Your Outdoor Space - Shining on DesignHere is an easy recipe to fill the hummingbird feeders, in case you were wondering!

Thanks for reading and have a happy spring!

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Image credits: PopOColor Pillows | Garden Stools | Planters | Air Balloon bird feeder | Hummingbird feeders 

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  1. 4.16.15
    Nicole said:

    I hope you get everything Lilly Pulitzer for your cute porch and backyard!!! Perhaps even the hammock…

  2. 4.17.15

    Thanks for your comment Nicole! I plan to pick up quite a few things from her line this weekend 🙂