Thomasville Scene April / May 2019 - Page 81

Create Cozy Sitting Areas Create easy traffic flow throughout the out- door living room, while offering a number of places for people to sit – at a table, around a fire pit, or in a cozy chair configuration. Also, offer some shade by using umbrellas or outdoor cur- tains to minimize sun glare and maximize visions of enjoyment in the outdoor living room. Soften the Outdoor Space Introduce a few soft design features into the outdoor area to create an inviting atmosphere. Rugs, throw pillows and upholstered patio furni- ture are a few ways to accomplish a “cozy” feel. Ensure these items are looking fresh and clean and not worn and dated. It’s relatively inexpen- sive to swap out new pillows and rugs. Create outdoor ambiance by hanging string lighting, in- troducing a fire pit in the center of a patio, setting up a zen-like water feature, or adding candles, small plants and freshly-cut flowers to tabletops. Utilize Living Landscapes Nothing says “welcome home” quite like a beautiful living landscape, complete with flower- ing shrubs, trees, flowers, and other vegetation. Freshen up the family yard by weeding, mulching and planting flower beds and pots with colorful flowers and verdant plants. Vases of flowers can also help bring life – and a pop of color – to out- door tablescapes. For more information and tips about our living landscapes visit Thomasville Scene April - May 2019 81