A Little Outdoor Style, Please

Posted by Jessica Dilger on May 16, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Bringing farmhouse comfort outside


The outdoors has a way of bringing people together. Whether it's playing cards or just chatting with friends, there is no better place than the great outdoors for creating new memories and exploring old ones! Take this opportunity to make your backyard an extension of yourself by refreshing your porch or patio areas so that you can spend more time outside in style.

outdoordecor-jpegA well-designed space creates comfort while also serving as decoration. Decor can range from simple and easy to more elaborate designs, and it all depends on your taste. Creating an easy-to-maintain cozy area is essential so that you can enjoy your space without worry. 


First, take a seat

When you're looking to create an outdoor space that's both functional and stylish, there are a few essentials for the job. One of these key elements is seating—it doesn't have to be fancy or expensive!  This can be anything from a simple bench to a full-fledged outdoor sofa. 


No matter what you choose, make sure it’s comfortable and inviting. ÍBring out cozy blankets and pillows to really make it feel like a place you want to spend time in. Cushioned chairs and loveseats are a perfect base, but adding in a porch swing or rocking chairs will add that extra farmhouse touch. 


Completing  your seating area is easy with an outdoor rug. No, rugs are not just for inside the home! Rugs are a perfect way to add color and design to your space—and as an added bonus they can also be used to define different areas.


Find fun flair

For a little extra flair in your backyard space, nothing beats the creativity that is offered by repurposing old items. You can repurpose an old buffet or dresser into a sideboard to help serve food. You can also take basic garden pots and turn them into hanging flower baskets or even filling an old wheelbarrow with blooms! 


Metal baskets and watering cans make great planters, too—just be sure to drill holes through their bottoms so they drain properly. When it comes to decor accents, the sky's the limit. Get creative and have fun! 


Choose colors and patterns that reflect your personal style to have the perfect balance of rustic charm and cozy comfort. Using natural materials like wood or wicker to create an inviting atmosphere and adding in rustic metals, woods and vintage accents will round out your perfect farmhouse summer oasis.


Next, turn on the light 

There are several options to light up your porch or patio this summer with lighting such as string lights, lanterns, or even solar lights.


String lights are a popular option for outdoor lighting. They’re easy to set up and provide a warm, inviting glow. Lanterns are another great option that come in a variety of styles and can be hung from hooks or placed on tables. Solar lights are a great way to light up your space without having to worry about cords or batteries. They’re also eco-friendly and can save you money on your energy bill.


No matter what kind of lighting you choose, make sure it’s weather-resistant and safe for use outdoors. This will help ensure not only safety but also that your lights last for years to come.


Enjoy the oasis

By using natural materials, adding plenty of plants and flowers, and including cozy seating areas, you can easily transform your porch or patio into a summer retreat.

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About the author

Jessica Dilger writes the fmfarmhouse.com design blog from the Olde Whitney Homestead, an acreage in southwest Washington state where she lives with her family, 30 or so chickens, 14 cows, and two goats named Ben and Jerry.







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