5 Tips For Creating An Outdoor Space

Welcome, Spring! Warmer weather and more hours of sunlight are well are their way and being able to enjoy outdoor space is here. Get ready by creating or simply freshening up your own space with existing pieces and affordable finds. Our simple outdoor room was listed in our Ten Favorite Things and received a lot of interest. We wanted to show a bit more of the space while offering a few tips. Check it out after the jump.

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1) Establish how you want to use this space. We finally got more then 2' x 2' of outdoor space when we moved and were thoughtful about what we wanted to do with it. We wanted a lounge meets mellow hang out area. We added a bunch of blue and white accent pillows for the chairs (not shown) and it provided comfort and pops of color.

2) We did this outdoor room on a budget - only spending a little over $100 to put it all together. It was important for us to create a comfy space without spending a lot of cash. We actually used accents and furniture we already owned. By reusing existing pieces like the large canvas and lamp, we were able to spend the money we had on functional items for our Hollywood Regency-esque space.

3) When you do spend money, consider buying items that you can use in other rooms. (This is along the lines of tip 2.) We actually didn't have any folding chairs and knew that we could use these "outdoor" chairs inside our home when we needed to. Plus we will always have them now and they fold up for perfect small space storage. Add a throw pillow for comfort and you are good to go.

4) Plants add fabulous texture and color to an outdoor space and going green is affordable these days. Garden centers offer a large selection of plants and flowers but they can still be a bit pricey. We spotted these pretty palms for just $10 at Costco. IKEA also has a garden selection that is super affordable. Another way to go - Craigslist. Our friend recently bought a ton of plants from someone who was moving.

5) Do you really need a kitschy garden Gnome? For $20 - probably not. Bypass the allure of the row of outdoor accents at your local store and go "shopping" for personal accents inside your home and place them in your outdoor room. Also, enjoy bargain hunting at a local flea markets and garage sales.

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