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Outdoor spaces can extend home

by Adrienne Elliott

Since I moved from Canada and now live on the Gulf Coast, the transition allows me to appreciate outdoor living in a whole new light. Outdoor spaces can truly be used year round on the Coast and how fabulous is that!

The best part is that even a small corner space outdoors, if accessorized and furnished correctly, can be an extension of your home. So where do you start? Small spaces can become the perfect getaway. All you need is a cozy chair, a small unique accent table and a lamp, some beautiful staggered pottery with some easy care green plants and finish it off with a weather resistant piece of art.

In my opinion, if the area is spacious it is worth it to invest in some quality outdoor furniture. The options for outdoor sofas, chairs, tables, etc., are endless. Go neutral for the larger pieces because it is so incredibly easy to change out a throw pillow for an entire new feel or look.

Stain resistant outdoor fabrics have come a long way and are so readily accessible to achieve the look you truly want. Have a favorite chair? Why not reupholster it in a suitable outdoor fabric and bring it into your new space. Treat your outdoor living areas as just that! Include area rugs, coffee tables, accent pieces and, of course, greenery. Succulents are my favorite!

The key is not to stop there. I challenge you to add artwork to the walls, table lamps, candles and trays. Just by adding some outdoor curtains your space will instantly become cozier and more intimate. If you know me or have seen my work, I will incorporate a chandelier anywhere possible. Why not try one on your back porch? All it takes is a sprinkle of imagination and a few new pieces to create an outdoor sanctuary to call your own. The time is now so shop away!


Elliott is a design specialist with Elliott Homes, LLC. Reach her at

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