We know a lot of you are currently homebound, which means a lot of you are looking to give your outdoor space a facelift. We’ve put together four simple ways you can add a bit more comfort to your porch, deck, or patio.
May sound obvious, but tossing any junk, wiping down surfaces and windows, and dusting out cobwebs will give you an immediate breath of fresh air. And the best thing about this little step? It’s FREE. No need to buy anything lavish to create this upgrade. Old t-shirts make great rags, and a little hot water and soap will go a long way in restoring surfaces you had forgotten the original color of. My favorite homemade cleaning solution: ½ cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons baking soda, 10 drops of tea tree or lemon essential oil. Put in a clean spray bottle, fill to the top with water, and shake gently before using.
A couple throw pillows and an outdoor rug can take your outdoor space from “that place you never go” to “the place you want to be.” The goal is personalizing it, making it feel like an extension of your home, only with decidedly more fresh air. If you don’t have any furniture, a simple lounge chair and side table can be enough.
A small mercy in this time is both big box hardware store nurseries and local nurseries are still open. We’re always in favor of supporting small businesses, so check out your local garden shop and see if they have online ordering or curbside delivery set up. While your plant choices and availabilities will depend on where you live, ferns and succulents are easy choices to add a splash of life to your porch, patio, or deck. A more inexpensive method is moving your interior houseplants outdoors. Rachael Freitas of UPCOUNTRY tells us, “Late spring and early summer are times when you can – in many areas of the country – transition your interior plants to protected outdoor areas. Indoor light is weaker than outdoor sunshine, so keep them shaded for a couple weeks before placing them in more direct sunlight. As a general rule, morning sun is safer than the hot afternoon sun.”
Warm evenings call for some beautiful soft light to coax us out of our homes and enjoy the air. This doesn’t need to be anything permanent – simple string bistro lights can cast a particularly inviting glow to any space. No roofline to attach lights to? My favorite DIY on planting wood posts in pots is available here.
BONUS: If you’re looking for bigger ways to punch up your exterior space, visit our Porch Store. From swing beds and mantels to railing panels and screen doors – all are available for you to install on your own.
We’re wishing you a healthy and peaceful time of self-quarantine, friends.