Having a great outdoor space for lounging and entertaining is wonderful, but perhaps a little tough to maintain. Throughout the winter, we tend to not use our outdoor spaces as much so it’s easy to let them start looking less than perfect. But with warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about giving your yard, balcony or patio a fresh look. Wondering where to get started? Check out these tips for a refreshed outdoor space!

Fall leaves with rake

1. Leaf Control
First things first, if your yard is covered in leaves from a windy, rainy season, it’s not going to be the first place people want to hang out when they visit your home. If you want to make things easier on yourself, order a leaf blower and apply Sears coupons from Ebates. You’ll save money, you’ll save time, and your yard will look presentable.


2. Make Your Table More Inviting
Once you’ve gotten the leaf situation under control, take a look at your patio table. As the focal point of your outdoor space, your table should look as inviting as possible. If it’s looking a little worn, you might want to consider getting a newer one. But if you want to opt for a quick fix, putting together a nice centerpiece arrangement is a good way to breathe new life into your table. Get a few succulents, an interesting bowl, or some candles, and it’ll look better in no time.


3. Add a Fire Pit
Giving your guest something to do while in the yard is key. Adding a fire pit, provided you have the space for it, is a great idea. While the weather may not be quite up to summer temperatures, a fire pit is a good way to make your space usable on springtime nights for a little extra warmth. And hey, if nothing else, it’s a great excuse to make s’mores. Yum!

Decorative christmas lights for a back yard party

4. Let There Be Light
Speaking of making your space more inviting at night, brightening things up a bit is essential. Try to avoid installing garish spotlights and go for more ambient lighting options. There are tons of attractive glass and ceramic lanterns that can do double time as a design accent and a light source for your outdoor space. If you want something festive, cantina string lighting is always inviting and can spice up any party.


5. Make Seating a Priority
If you don’t have anywhere to sit, nobody is going to spend very long in your yard. It’s just simple logic. Find comfortable, durable outdoor seating that goes well with your yard’s aesthetic. And it always helps to have more seating space than you think you need. Nobody wants to be left standing at the party.

Prepare your yard for spring with these five tips. Your place will look great and you’ll be all set to enjoy your outdoor space all season long!



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Whitney is an artist who enjoys the cuter side of life. She loves video games, horror movies and dreams of owning a Beauty and the Beast style library (sliding ladder and all). She enjoys painting, drawing, digital graphics and exploring new art mediums which can be seen at Whitney Lynn Art. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by her books.

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