We spent a lot of time last Spring, revamping our yard and patio, so that we could expand our living space and spread out a bit (there IS such thing as too much togetherness!). And while, you may not have a ton of space to work with or a ton a time, here are a few ideas to create an outdoor oasis...
Comfortable furniture - can't afford new patio furniture? Check out your local buy and sell (reuse!) or build your own using left over pallets (recycle!).
Warmth- heat lamps and fire pits are great options. You can also invest in some heavy blankets (or heated blanket) that you can pass around, to keep everyone cozy and warm.
Location - small backyard? Try setting up a little seating area in your front yard; this could mean a couple of chairs on your porch or a dining table out on the grass. Another option, is to make a space tucked away in one of your garden beds for a little bistro table and chairs; just put down some gravel and create a little pathway using decorative pavers.
Lighting - don't forget this important element! Until the days start getting longer, you will want to illuminate the area; think fairy lights, candles in masons jars, torches or lanterns. There are also lots of solar options out there right now!
We are in the final stretch and spring is right around the corner, so don't wait too long to spruce up that outdoor space!