Let's Get Comfortable: Outdoor Rooms

Guest post by Lily Ellis of Birch + Bird

 Style at Home. Photo by Michael Dube.

We've been enjoying days filled with glorious sunshine and warmth since last weekend, something that I could get very used to! Patio season seems to be officially here (fingers crossed, anyway!) and it's time to start adding some personality to our freshly stained deck. While we're not all lucky enough to have a screened-in porch or covered patio, it doesn't take much to make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your indoor living space...some pillows, an area rug and colourful accents can all work wonders!

Photo by Roger Davies via Desire to Inspire

Kevin O'Shea for Design*Sponge

Thankfully, there is now a large variety of weather-proof outdoor furniture and decor elements available, many of which are made from recycled materials. We've come a long way from the aluminum and mesh folding chairs that I grew up with! Vintage and wicker pieces are also great options, as long as they're kept somewhat dry and under cover.

Annie of Sun and Glory via  Apartment Therapy

 Red Online

Country Living. Photo by Dana Gallagher.


Whether your outdoor space is a tiny urban balcony or a large covered deck on the outskirts of town, it doesn't need to be an expensive task to extend your living space outside. Use what you already have, scour thrift shops or snoop through your Dad's garden shed...you'll be surprised at what you may find to create the perfect outdoor room!

Lily co-writes with Rachel over at Birch + Bird
Together they organize local handmade + vintage markets and run a small Etsy shop. 
Scout Vintage Market will take place May 25th-26th, 2012 in Abbotsford, BC.
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Jan Halvarson


Vanilla House said...

So happy to have found you! I am loving your inspiration... xx

Lady Grey said...

So gorgeous! This is what it's all about!

mydecoreview said...

Covered outdoor does not appeal much to me even though all the pictures here looks brilliant.

jess said...

love love love these rooms - having an outdoor room/3 seasons/sun room/whatever i can get is one of my dreams!