outdoor small space gathering
Even though we live in a house, our patio space is not any larger than an apartment balcony. I've always struggled a bit with making what space we have cozy and inviting for the family or for when we have friends visiting.
I'm partnering with Target to share how I updated our outdoor area to create a casual place with different seating options and feel much more inviting. I suppose I could have shown you a 'before' but just believe me when I say it was boring.
Marimekko has this new line exclusively for Target which includes quite a few outdoor items and I really liked these big poufs. I don't usually have a lot of pattern but thought this would be a fun way to show how a little pattern can go a long way.
I also added a taller woven stool to give another option beyond the poufs, there is always someone who would rather have a firm place to sit so it's not a bad idea to have a variety of seating.
Also, because we are very near to our neighbors and the street behind can see right into our patio I made a DIY divider with some painted wood boards and hinges. This is also a nice backdrop for plants. I found several cement pots that I really like, it's such a nice and simple contrast to green. A nice outdoor space has to have plenty of green, for me, which means lots of containers to plant. I think this is also a great filler and way to add height and texture.
A large woven tray in a natural material for is functional for snacks, reading material drinks and is essential especially if you don't want to be running in and out of the house several times.