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From the desk of Ashley Pate

There’s something about being outdoors that I just love! I love drinking my morning coffee on the porch or enjoying a glass of wine in the evening while my husband grills dinner. Summer is on its way, so now is the perfect time to get your outdoor living space ready! You don’t have to have a luxurious outdoor living space with a pool, TV, and outdoor kitchen to enjoy a stylish private getaway.

Today, I’m featuring a home with a small side porch that is the perfect outdoor living space where family and friends can gather and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. A porch is an extension of your home but is a place where you can express your personality and draw attention with the use of bold colors that you might not use inside your home. A relatively inexpensive way to freshen up your outdoor space is with a new coat of paint. Paint can instantly brighten up your space and make it feel new again.

Incorporating a mix of bold colors is a great way to brighten up any space. A simple way to add color is with throw pillows. Colorful throw pillows not only create a cozy space for your guests but add excitement to the space.

With a small porch, it’s important to choose a size and style of furniture that doesn’t overpower the small space. My client is an art lover, so I incorporated lots of bold colors and patterns for a festive setting. The folk-art frog accent table gives the space a unique flair and is a favorite of mine!  I also chose to incorporate a small multi-color mosaic table between two Adirondack chairs for a fabulous collection of color. The Mexican pottery snake, hanging chili peppers, and blown-glass globe are additional pieces of art that provide interest and additional color.

Since this side porch is nestled against the landscape it creates a private oasis that can be enjoyed all seasons of the year. I hope these simple tips have inspired you to freshen up your outdoor living space!

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