Thomasville Scene April / May 2019 - Page 80

| home & garden | 5 Tips to Create The Perfect Outdoor Living Room W Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) hile much of the region continues to deal with winter weather, spring is here and homeowners are thinking about their yards and land- scapes. Outdoor spaces are quickly becoming one of the most coveted home features. They expand living space without expensive renova- tions, offer a relaxing respite from everyday stress, provide a safe place for kids and pets to play, and create an oasis for entertaining guests.  Invite the Outdoors In The first step to sprucing up the outdoor liv- ing room is to clear dirt and clutter from the space. Store lawn equipment, children’s toys, and pet play things in a shed or garage. Give the entire area a good scrub down, sweeping away dust and debris to create a fresh, clean canvas. Blending interior and outdoor living spaces helps the exterior area feel like an extension of the home, not an afterthought. Ensure blinds and cur- tains are open to the family yard, highlighting the outdoor oasis.  Make certain the indoor and out- door décor complement one another and utilize sim- ilar colors, materials and styles both inside and out. Declutter & Clean 80 April - May 2019 Thomasville Scene