Monday Moodboard: Backyard Picnic

Picnic in Your Backyard

Create an elegant picnic spot in your backyard. Layer a few rugs under a beach umbrella, top with some poufs and pillows to lounge on. Pack your favorite picnic food in a cute basket with some pretty melamine dining and drinkware and eat alfresco this summer. For nighttime picnic add lanterns and solar lighting to create a romantic dinner under the stars.

Monday Moodboard Backyard Picnic

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New design package, an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. The design includes the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces. Check it out here.


Monday Moodboard: Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Living Spaces

According to the calendar it is Spring, yet here in the Midwest it looks like Winter. Saturday Mother Nature decided to gift us a few inches of snow, so instead of Spring tulips we have a Winter wonderland in white. I’m sure it won’t last with the temperatures warming up. Getting my outdoor spaces ready for the warmer weather is on my mind, despite what it looks like outside.

You can have an outdoor living space even with just a small balcony. A small bistro set, some decor, and of course some live plants create a place to relax and rewind during the spring and summer months.

A Moroccan inspired small outdoor balcony in shades of blue, teal, and turquoise.

I am including a new design package to my list of services on April 1st. This will be an outdoor room, patio, or other seasonal use space. It will include the Styleboard, renderings, and floor plan like my other packages, but will focus on the outdoor spaces.

If you need some decorating ideas for any season or holiday I have a design package for that. Decorating any room with holiday or seasonal décor that mixes with your existing color scheme and furniture. Check it out here.

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Creating a Simple Outdoor Living Space

5 Things You Need to Create a Simple Outdoor Space

Outdoor Living Space Essentials

Warm sunny days and cool starry nights of Summer. Who doesn’t like to sit outdoors and soak up a little nature or entertain on the weekends with a barbecue when there is nice Spring or Summer weather. Bring the indoors out by creating an outdoor living space. It doesn’t have to  be an elaborate affair. If all you have is tiny balcony you can create a lovely space to use when the weather is nice.

You have chosen the perfect space for your outdoor room. You have the balcony prepped and painted; the backyard patio installed; the deck freshly scrubbed and sealed. Now how to you decorate your outdoor space?


For any outdoor room, you are going to need something to block the sun. On a porch, the roof and maybe an outdoor shade will help make the space more comfortable by  reducing glare and heat from the sun. Other options for shade are umbrellas, curtains, awnings, or a sun sail.


Whether you have room for a conversation set or just a chair, seating is essential for an outdoor space. In a larger space group chair and sofas together to create a conversation area. Be sure to add cushions to make the seating soft and comfortable.  Add a few side tables around the area for you and guests to set drinks on .


Adding lanterns, a fire pit, or even candles will give you a warm, gentle light for use in your outdoor space at night. A fire pit, either built-in or free-standing will also provide warmth on chilly nights, plus you can roast marshmallows over the flames. It’s not Summer without s’mores. Using a few citronella candles in your outdoor space gives the added benefit of repelling mosquitoes, the bane of any outdoor Summer activity.


Decor is where you can imbue your space with color and personality. Add colorful throw pillows to create a comfy space. Use colorful and fun shaped planters and lanterns. Of course, use plants and flowers in your outdoor room, these can bring color and soften hard lines of decks and patios. Decorate just as you would a room in your house, just make sure anything you put outdoors is weather and waterproof.

The fifth and probably most important thing you need is a nice day to enjoy the outdoor oasis you have created. Have fun and be creative when decorating and designing your outdoor spaces.

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