You may find it a little strange or perhaps a little late to be talking about outdoor spaces, but August is the perfect time. While the kids are cashing in their last tickets for lazy days by the pool, the earth has decided to take a shift away from the sun, to revive the nostalgic days of spring. Everything feels new again, and the air is just right for sitting outside with a book or enjoying the fire pit in the evening.

The trees might be nestling in for a winter nap, but we are still enjoying the fresh air outside. Now is the time to think about your outdoor space. Maybe you have a large space for entertaining, or maybe you have modest space for intimate gatherings. Whatever the case may be, it is important to have a well-thought-out area. Having a carefully considered living space will allow you to flow from one space to another, and go seamlessly from indoors to outdoors.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you begin designing your outdoor space:

What will I be using this space for?

Maybe you don’t want to entertain, maybe this space is only for you. It could be just you and a loved one. Or maybe you like to ‘parrtaayy’. Whatever floats your boat, make sure the space will not cause awkward bottlenecks. Unless you’re a single, and mingling kind of entertainer, it should be cohesive with plenty of room for your guests. You need to think about who will be using the space and what the ultimate goal is.

What kind of environment am I creating?

There is an understanding that outdoor spaces are usually multi-functioning. It’s mostly for you, but it is nice to be able to accommodate a few friends for a drink. For entertaining, it would be best to create multiple spaces for friends to hang out and chat. For a less public space, you want to create a more intimate area. Consider adding a day bed or a pair of loungers. Think about what you want to see or feel. Colors, fabrics, and plants add texture to outdoor living spaces and make them complete.

What do I like or dislike about my current space?

This question can really motivate a renovation project. Not that creating an outdoor space requires a team of construction men busting out walls and molding them into your vision. Some don’t have this in our budgets, and it may be uncalled for. This question rounds out the thought process in creating any space, and can drive the change you’re looking for. Usually an already established area just needs an update.

Bring in a fresh new color with pillows, or update old furniture pieces with new ones. Perhaps what you once thought you would use your space for has changed. Whatever answer this question may bring, it’s okay to do a little soul searching (or Houzz research) and find what inspires you.

Here are a few things that inspire us, what inspires you?

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