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The Outdoor Oasis

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Happy Thursday Friends! Thought we would talk, outdoor spaces today!

I'm seeing a lot of outdoor sprucing up on Instagram lately and who wouldn't be? With a rise in temps and longer days, it's natural to want to spend more time outdoors enjoying the company of family and friends. Having an area or two at home to bask in the warmth and each other's company can make these summer days and nights even more enjoyable.

The weather has definitely started to warm up in SoCal over the last couple of weeks!!! Has it warmed up where you are? Click on the comments below and share or just say hi and where you're from!

I'd love to see your outdoor spaces. Share your outdoor oasis on Instagram, #trendingwithtrish, and tag @thehumblehearthstone, I will feature you in my outdoor oasis stories!

What To Consider When Creating Your Outdoor Oasis

If you have ample room in your yard, try creating multiple spaces. This offers loads of options and can be perfect for entertaining or just enjoying solo. Creating zones provides a natural flow allowing an easy transition from one activity to the next.

Here are five ideas to consider incorporating into your outdoor design.

#1 The Outdoor Kitchen

They can be as simple as a grill with a small counter to something as elaborate as a full functioning kitchen outdoors. Think about your kitchen indoors, isn't it where everyone gathers? Translate that to your outdoor space. Everyone loves to share stories over food and drinks.

#2 The Dining Space

There's just something about dining al fresco, am I right? Having a dedicated spot where you and your guests can break bread and enjoy the outdoors together is pretty special. Eating outside can heighten one’s senses lending itself to a more enjoyable experience. There are so many options when it comes to dining tables. Some things you will want to take into consideration; how many people do you want to seat? Do you want to fit a family of six or have a quaint little table for two? We wanted to entertain many, check out our DIY table for 12. Will a round, rectangular, or square table fit best in your space? Do you want the option to fold it up in order to create room when not in use? I found this cute bistro table from Grand Patio, you might want to check it out.

#3 The Lounge Area

Who doesn’t like to just hang out every now and then? Kick-off your shoes and take a load off. Having a less formal space where you can just veg, read a book, listen to music, or daydream. Here are a few ways you can do this; string up a hammock, add lounge chairs, outdoor poufs, hang an outdoor egg chair like this one I found at Kirkland’s.

#4 The Conversation Area

Com'on now, they don’t call them outdoor conversation sets for the heck of it! The intention of this space is to create a relaxed and comfortable environment to promote conversation. These areas are great flex spaces too. You can enjoy drinks, appetizers, a fire perhaps all in a conversational setting. I find outdoor couches, a few swivel chairs, and coffee tables accomplish this goal best, here is a set I found at Birch Lane. But, hey, never underestimate the conversations that are had sitting on Adirondack chairs around a firepit!

#5 The Recreation Space

Time for a little friendly competition or just a little outdoor amusement. There is are many options, all of which are personal preferences. There is the obvious like a pool but there are so many other options like a putting green for the golf lover, a basketball hoop, small turf area to practice soccer drills, a simple grass area to pull out cornhole, yard Jenga or even bocce ball.

If you don’t have the ability to create all of these spaces in your yard, determine what is most important to you, and then scale the space appropriately! Remember whatever you choose, it's an extension of your home, your personality and there is no wrong or right when it comes to design!

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