Thursday, June 14, 2012

Guest Post: Patricia from Condiment Digital Magazine

I'm psyched to have Patricia, the founder and editorial director of Condiment digital magazine (get it?  Condiment?  Something that gives flavor?  I love that...) guest blogging today.  I found Condiment on Twitter and was immediately taken with their format.  They publish several new lifestyle articles each week on a homepage that acts as an interactive magazine cover.  It's quite sharp looking.  When you have a minute, you should explore their archives...there's some good stuff in there!

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Every season has its cool factor and nothing's better than spending days and nights outdoors on your balcony or patio during the warmer months. It doesn't matter if you rent or own, or how large or small your space might be. You can create something that brings in all the elements you love, and creates a unique and personalized environment for all your lazy days (and nights!) of summer.

Solar Powered Lighting, Ikea $7.99 each

First, take a good stock of what you've got to work with in terms of your space. Grab measurements and get to planning. Do you want something for casual lounging about, serving meals, or catching a few rays? Are there children in the home to factor in? Once you've got a sense of what you want and need, you can get to decorating. 


For seating options, the sky truly is the limit. It all depends on the environment you want to create. Cozy cushioned seats can be found at places like Target and Ikea if budget is an issue. For something with a clean line, Adirondack style chairs can often be found in a variety of materials and colors, while stores like Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn likely have great wood pieces. 

Adirondack Chair, Crate & Barrel $209

Wicker is another good go-to option. Add in outdoor pillows or cushions to then soften the space. Speaking of space, if yours is limited, a pair of simple chairs in a unique material and a small table can be more than enough to create an environment you'll want to duck to all season. Larger spaces can allow for tables of all types, but don't think you necessarily have to skip a table top if you're limited on area -- bistro table and chair sets come in a variety of styles and materials and can work very well. 

Black Cast Aluminum Bistro Set, Bed Bath & Beyond $179.99

Once you've got your furniture down, it's time to add in color and accessories.  Tea lights, outdoor lanterns, comfy cushions, pops of colors, paper lanterns, Italian lights, and potted plants of all types and sizes can all work to add a touch. Put potted plants to double use by using for herb and small fruit or vegetable gardens.

Iris Speckled Planter, West Elm $14.99

If you've got kids, look to pool stores for storage options to tuck away toys -- they often offer wood and plastic styles that can double as seating so that you and little ones can both use and love your outdoor space. 

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