Thanks to Kirklands for partnering with me on this post.
Outdoor decorating can seem overwhelming. You have a small (or large) area, that not only acts as a living space to your family, but also affects your curb appeal. While I try to create spaces that flow seamlessly from inside to out, color and style really aren’t the most important parts of outdoor decorating. It’s about creating space to enjoy every day, while also thinking ahead to entertaining company (girl’s night on the porch, anyone?) So instead of telling you all about how to decorate, with the help of Kirkland’s, I’m sharing #smallspacedesign – because your space is probably drastically different from mine – but it’s more about sharing ideas on how to help make the most of that outdoor space.
1) Add in lots of seating. At the crux of it, porches are all about hanging out and spending time with family or friends. If you actually use it for that purpose, then the more seats you can put on there, the better. My porch can seat 8 without pulling additional chairs from the inside. Usually when we entertain, it’s far less than that. In the event that we do, we usually move it into the house or even out into the back yard. The porch is a perfect place for a small group.
2) Pick one piece to be the show stopper. I chose these awesome chairs from Kirkland’s, because I loved the style and color of them. The color brings a smile to my face. I used more muted tones to help make the entire porch cohesive, but the chairs are definitely the party girls of the porch – all attention is on them.
3) Plants bring the space to life. Since I’m a plant killer, I stick with plants that are labeled “plants of steel” (literally, it’s on the label.) They are the only kind that seem to last more than a month. I’ve successfully kept 6 plants alive for a few months now. There really is no better way to make any space seem “finished” more than plants. The more the better!
4) Use everyday items in unexpected ways. See the citrus display? That’s actually a lantern from Kirkland’s that was meant for a candle. There’s no reason why you can’t repurpose items to be what you need – and you might be surprised at the solutions you can come up with if you let your mind think outside of the norm.
5) Leave space for adding entertaining. Those lemons and bottles aren’t always on my porch, but I leave space to add in a pop up bar when we want to invite friends over. Bring out a few drinks, add in a bowl of nuts or plate of yummy bites and you’ll look like you’re a seasoned pro. Entertaining is easy if you’re prepared – so make sure you leave space for it to naturally happen.
Want a little help to get started with your outdoor entertaining? I’m joining my friends Andrea, Claire and Stacy to give away $200 to Kirklands! (You only need to enter once – but be sure to see their blogs for more small space decorating ideas.) Enter to win below….
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I received compensation for the #SmallSpaceDesign blog post. Kirkland’s partnered with several bloggers like me to raise brand awareness. All purchases and content are on my own accord and reflect my personal opinion and style.