If there is one thing British Columbians love it’s making every moment of summer count. This year, design duo Colin and Justin of the popular show Cabin Pressure on Cottage Life have tips to squeeze the most out of the season by equipping your patio properly.
They say the first step to maximizing time spent outdoors is to treat your outdoor space as an extension of your home: decorate it, personalize it and treat it like you would a living room.
Turning a 2-star outdoor space into a 5-star oasis without eliminating the charm comes down to balance.
“We’ve all heard of glamping, right? It’s that great balance of rustic charm and cozy surroundings,” say Colin and Justin. “Same rules apply when transforming an outdoor space, so you can make it work as well as possible for your needs.”
When it comes to patio décor and summer trends, here’s what Colin and Justin say is in or out. Plus, the guys give some great tips for
It’s not enough to have a bare deck or patio. Give yours a practical edge by installing function and allowing it to cure a problem you may have indoors. Say what? Perhaps your house doesn’t have sufficient room for entertaining, so try installing a table and chairs [outdoors] to create a seasonal dining room to enjoy in the warmer months.
When the nights start to cool a little you’ll be itching to stay outdoors just a little bit longer, so opt for an outdoor fireplace, a fire pit or a patio heater. We have a Solus gas bowl fire at our cottage and we use it regularly, even in the depths of winter for a flaming good time in the snow.
Once dusk hits, so do the mosquitoes and this is one thing we can quickly overlook. No one wants to be shut away indoors in the warmer weather, especially when you could be roasting marshmallows by the campfire or talking with friends on the lawn chairs.
It may sound like a no-brainer, but keep bug protection in mind to keep pesky mosquitos at bay. An odourless, sprayless repellent like the OFF! Clip-on® is handy because it offers head-to-toe protection during your relaxing outdoor activities (like patio lounging) without having to apply anything directly to the skin.
If you can’t quite stretch to a whole new look for your patio or deck, then create a new look for less with accessories. Head to stores like Homesense, Winners and Chapters and learn to be bold with bright cushions, outdoor throws and pillows. Add candle storm lamps, colourful plastic pitchers and glasses to bring joy to a summer space.
Soften up your deck or patio with some planting, but avoid pools of standing water, overflowing planters etc. that will attract mosquitoes. Hanging baskets bursting with colour look amazing, and tall trees in smart planters ooze sophistication.
If you don’t exactly have a green thumb, then don’t say NO… say FAUX! Embrace a little fakery with realistic looking topiary in modern smart planters. Homesense carries an amazing range of what we call “affordable permanent botanicals.”