Five ways to extend your enjoyment of outdoor living now that summer is over

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Aaah…the joys of summertime living–easy and carefree days, long evenings spent outdoors with friends and warm breezes wafting through open windows and doors.  Sadly, seasons change and before you know it summer turns into fall.  And while that means shorter days and a stricter schedule to adhere to, you can continue to enjoy outdoor living for a few more months.  Here are five easy ways to spend as much time as possible on your patio or deck.

Replace those colorful beach towels with plenty of cozy throws for those evenings when there is a bit of a chill in the air.  Drape them across the back of a lounge chair or keep a basket of blankets within easy reach.design-throw-cashmere-from-william-sonoma

Use lanterns in lieu of votive holders which will protect your candle flames from the wind and make it possible for you to delight in outdoor candlelight all year long.  Change your filler from whimsical floats and seashells to colorful fall leaves, acorns and other seasonal items.

S’mores are not just a summertime treat.  Few things are as special as sitting in front of a fire, wrapped in a warm blanket and roasting marshmallows so keep that firepit stocked with wood throughout the fall season.

Don’t overlook your garden and potted plants.  Summer’s blooms may be gone but they can easily be replaced with seasonal color like mums, sunflowers, pansy and lilies.  And succulents, of course, bloom year round and in most areas of the U.S.  Visit your local nursery for options that will work in your climate.
Fall is a season full of fun-loving holidays like Labor Day, Halloween and, of course, Thanksgiving.  To increase your enjoyment of your outdoor spaces be sure and add decorative items outside as well as inside.  A cheerful jack-o-lantern, outdoor pillows in all the colors of fall or a beautiful cornucopia on your patio table will make the space relaxing and enjoyable.
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About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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