9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

If you’ve been dreaming of outdoor areas you and your family can enjoy this summer, here are nine elements you can easily incorporate to make your yard or patio more inviting and comfortable!

1. DIY Firepit

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Easy DIY Firepit (15 minute DIY!)

An outdoor firepit will be a cozy gathering place for friends and family. S’mores or hot dogs, anyone? We built ours ourselves, and we are not at all DIY’ers (see the link for how to make it, above).

2. A Secret Garden

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces
9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Secret Garden

Even small yards can have a secret garden. What could be more magical and inviting than a little spot to sit and drink your morning coffee?

3. Outdoor Rugs

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

/ Spring in Our Outdoor Oasis (My Patio Tour)

Outdoor rugs help define smaller areas in your yard and make them feel as comfortable and welcoming as an indoor room!

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

4. Potting Areas

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Potting Cart Details

A little potting cart or bench can be a charming and practical addition to your backyard! Use them for potting plants, or make them do double duty as a serving cart or spot for entertaining.

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Lily’s Garden Details

5. Conversation Areas

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Deck Tour and Makeover (and sources).

Two chairs and an ottoman make a perfect conversation area for two. If you have a large deck or backyard, create multiple conversation areas for bigger groups!

6. Dining Areas

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Deck Tour and Makeover

An outdoor dining area is the perfect spot for summer celebrations as well as a place to gather on a cool summer morning or evening.

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Small spaces can be inviting with small tables for two!

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Bistro Table Sources:

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

7. Small Accent Tables

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Small Deck Makeover (previous home!)

Even if you don’t have room for a full dining room table, tuck in a few small accent tables. They are so handy next to chairs or can be used to hold small lanterns or elevate plants. They are very easy to move around as needed!

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

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9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

8. Mood Lighting

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Don’t have an electrical outlets or wired in lighting? Try . I just ordered several sets during the outdoor sale going on right now, you can’t have too many outdoor string lights for a magical glow along fences and porches.

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces
9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Add candle light with small lanterns and battery operated candles. You can use a hook to hang lanterns in your garden!

9. Umbrellas

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Shelter your outdoor spaces from the harsh sun with outdoor umbrellas. I get most of my umbrellas on sale . Umbrellas also add such a festive and finished feel to an outdoor space, don’t you think?

Happy Weekend!

PS. Do you hesitate to be outside or can’t enjoy your backyard because of bugs in your area? I recommend an effective natural product (and a DIY essential oil blend) we use to deal with bugs! Check it out here!

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces
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Lamps on Kitchen Counters

Lamps on Kitchen Counters

Setting a lamp on a counter has always been one of my favorite ways to bring charm and warmth to a kitchen. It’s such a simple element to add, yet it’s not all that common. I think that’s one of the reasons I love it! It’s unexpected, but simple and so homey and inviting (especially in the evenings!).

Lamps on Kitchen Counters

Lamps on Kitchen Counters

Lamps on Kitchen Counters

Lamps on Kitchen Counters

Original source unknown…anyone know it?

Lamps on Kitchen Counters

Lamps on Kitchen Counters

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What do you think about lamps on kitchen counters?

They may not be as practical as wall or ceiling lights (and they can take up precious counter space!) but I still really like the look!


Lamps on Kitchen Counters

(I have lots of my favorite lighting sources rounded up in my shop right here!)

Lamps on Kitchen Counters


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Do you have any home projects planned for this holiday weekend?

Or are you just planning on relaxing?

PS. I put together a round up of some of my favorite online Memorial Day sales yesterday. If you’re in a shopping mood this weekend, go check it out!

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