On Home Envy When Your Budget or Living Situation Isn't What You've Hoped For

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There’s a feeling that I sometimes get when scrolling past the perfectly styled homes on Pinterest or Instagram, or when I visit a friend’s new house, or when I stumble across a stunning design blog. I’m wondering if you know this feeling—a gnawing in your gut, a longing for what you can’t have, a twinge of jealousy—home envy. 

It can be easy to wish that we had a different home, more money in our bank account for trendy decor, or simply the time and energy to create a home that reflects and serves our family well.

We can find ourselves wishing that our circumstances were different, when what we should be doing is checking out heart, mind, and motives.

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Home envy can be a real struggle, and I don’t think I’m alone in feeling it from time-to-time. So what are some ways we can fight home envy?

1. Take Intentional Breaks from Social Media

Something that I started doing in July that has been incredibly helpful in curbing home envy is to have one social media free day a week. I know some people do social media free weekends, while others take more extended breaks. Do what works for you!

I’ve chosen Sundays to take my break… so on Saturday night I move my Instagram app from front and center on my phone to its own page so I’m not tempted to scroll without thinking. I also removed Facebook from my phone a couple months ago, which has helped me be less attached to social media and my phone in general.

Removing myself from the world of social media, even for a day, helps me refocus on being present and enjoying what’s right in front of me.

2. Be Grateful for What You Have

When I’m tempted to envy what others have or how beautiful their homes are, I try to remind myself how incredibly privileged I am and that many people don’t even have a home to compare to others’.

I talk to God about it, thanking Him for all the wonderful things He’s placed in my life, and try to move my focus from material things to things of more importance.

Keeping a gratitude journal, remembering to voice thanksgiving in your prayers, or sharing what you’re thankful for with a friend or family member are all great ways to practice gratefulness and fight envy.

3. Take a Reality Check

Another powerful weapon in fighting off envy is a reality check. When I’m tempted to despair about how my home looks like compared to the ones I see on Instagram, I try to remind myself of the reality of the situation. Often things are staged and not what they seem behind-the-scenes.

I also think about the difference in budget, time, and years of experience when I compare myself to other professional designers. My budget is where it’s at, I only have so much time leftover after my day job, and I’m only 27 years old!

This reminder of reality can be so helpful for me as I compare my home to other homes I see. Obviously, my main goal is to get to a point where I’m not comparing at all, but when I do find myself in the comparison game, I find that a quick reality check helps to put things into perspective.

Bonus: Bring in Some Help

If you still find yourself suffering from bouts of home envy, but you have the means (but perhaps not the time or skills) to fix it, by all means, do! I would love to serve you by helping you create a functional and cozy home that cultivates contentment and joy! I offer consulting, styling, and full room re-designs… check out my services here, and please contact me to get the conversation rolling on how we can overcome home envy in your life!

My Favorite Home Design Books 3 Books to Inspire You in Your Home

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Remember the good ol’ days when the main (or only) way to consume information was by reading an actual real live book made of actual real live paper??? Those were the days! (Although, I’m not suggesting you leave this blog in lieu of a book quite yet!)

Now that we have so many other options for ways to learn, be inspired, and get information, there really is something special about holding an actual book in your hands.

So I wanted to share with you three of my favorite home design books. These books have shaped the way I view my home, inspired me in how I decorate it, and educated me on some of the key principles of design. I hope that you consider checking these books out from your library, or purchasing them for your home, and that you love them as much as I do!

The Nesting Place by Myquillin Smith
It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful
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The Nesting Place was the first home design book I ever read front to back. I purchased it as a a newly wed living in an old, spider-infested apartment, and it was just the thing I needed to encourage me to make my imperfect space a home. Myquillin Smith tells her story of living in over 13 homes (most of them rentals), and inspires her readers to find beauty in the imperfect. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll pick up more than a few life lessons and decorating tips along the way.

 

Styled by Emily Henderson
Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves
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Styled is my favorite home design book for its decorating advice and styling tips. Emily Henderson is a blogger, interior designer, Target’s resident home stylist, and one of my biggest inspirations. This book is filled with all kinds of goodies, including a quiz you can take to find your style, style secrets for every room, and tricks for everything from choosing paint colors to where to shop. If you’re looking for a practical (and gorgeous) handbook for styling your home, look no further!

 

Domino by Editors of Domino
Your Guide to a Stylish Home
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Domino has long been an expert on all things home, and their second book doesn’t disappoint! This book walks you through every aspect of a home—from seating, walls, and art, to flooring, shelves, and lighting—and provides inspiration, teaches skills, outlines how to get the look, and more! This guide to creating a stylish home is packed with all sorts of handy information and I find myself referring to it often.

 

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How to Style an Entryway 5 Components of a Welcoming Entryway

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Unless you’re super close to someone (like back door close), you’re probably entering their home through the front door and into an entryway. This entryway may be quite large, like a foyer or mudroom, or it may just be part of their living room or another main living space.

But whether it’s spacious or teeny-tiny, the entryway is undoubtedly the first impression that a home makes! So it’s important that it is both welcoming and functional. I’ve rounded up some seriously beautiful inspiration photos, and come up with what I believe are five components of a welcoming entryway.

If you’re lucky and have a large entryway, then you can include all five, but if you’re like most people and have limited space in your entry, even two or three of these components will make your entryway welcoming to guests and family alike!

Table

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One of the most important components of a welcoming and functional entryway is some sort of surface to use as a landing pad. Whether it’s a shelf, a console table, or an end table, having a space to corral keys, change, mail, and other odds and ends is key to having an organized entry. This is also a great spot to display decor or memorabilia such as family photos or a vase of flowers.

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Lighting

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Something to consider when you’re creating your entryway space is lighting. You can incorporate lighting through wall sconces, table lamps, or overhead fixtures. Having a well-lit entry will not only help to welcome you and your guests to the home, but it also makes things more visible when you’re ready to head out the door and need to grab your things.

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Seating

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Adding some seating to your entry is an excellent way to make it more welcoming. It’s nice to have a spot where people can sit to get their shoes on, as well as a place where they can set their belongings. Long benches work great for many entryways, but even a spare chair can do the job!

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Mirror

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Incorporating a mirror in your entryway not only will make your space feel bigger and brighter, but it also is handy for checking your hair or makeup on your way out the door. Mirrors also add a great decorative element to the space!

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Hooks

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Having a few hooks near your entry keeps things neat and off the floor, and provides a place for your guests to easily hang their jacket or purse. Hooks can also serve a decorative purpose, so it’s definitely a win-win!

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What are some other components that you think are must-haves for a welcoming entryway? Did I miss anything?

Currently Vol 3 What's Happening & What I'm Digging

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Hey, friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post on what I’m currently digging/what’s going on in our life! We’re in a season of busy weekend travel and lots of weeknights spent at home working on homework. We’re going on walks and searching for a car and creating good habits and seeing God’s good work in our lives. So without further ado, here are some more things that are currently happening around here with some suggestions of some really good things!

Listening to
Journeywomen Podcast and this song right here:

Watching

Downton Abbey!!! Practically ever since we started dating four years ago I’ve been trying to get my husband to watch DA (that’s what all the cool kids call it) with me, but we’ve never had a way to watch it since it’s not on Netflix or Hulu. So when Brian’s aunt moved in with us about a month ago and told us that she had DA on DVD, I was elated! Brian was not, but since we started it, he’s decided that it’s actually as good as I always said it was and not nearly as boring as he envisioned it would be.

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Reading

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. Guys. This book is completely changing the way I read the Bible. If you’ve ever felt like the Bible is boring, or you don’t know where to start, or you just want to read it how it’s meant to be read, then this book is for you.

Working on

Creating a month of “Interior Education”—not a very catchy name, so if  you have any ideas, shoot them my way! Regardless, I’m wanting to provide either a) a month’s worth of education on one big idea regarding interiors or b) a month of education that is split into four different ideas over four weeks. My friend recently did this with her nutrition Facebook page and I really liked it (and asked her permission to steal it!).

What’s going on in your life? Any book/podcast/TV show/song recommendations?

Home Organization 101: 3 Ideas for an Organized Bathroom

Home Organization 101: 3 Ideas for an Organized Bathroom | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

I’m back at it again with more organization tips and tricks for your home! You can see all the posts in the Home Organization 101 series here. 

Today we’re talking about creating an organized bathroom. I find that bathrooms are often at the top of people’s lists for annoyingly disorganized spots in their home. Whether it’s due to the sheer number of small bottles, hair accessories, makeup, and more, or the fact that a bathroom is heavily used, this room can prove to be a tough one to solve in the organization department.

So I want to share with you three ideas to help you have a more organized bathroom. These are things that you can implement into your bathroom with little time, energy, and money, so get ready to make some changes!

Shelving

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The first way you can add some extra organization to your bathroom is through shelving! Whether you hang floating shelves, install shelves with brackets, or simply put a freestanding shelf in your bathroom, you will gain extra storage space for towels, toiletries, and decor! Shelves are a great way to add more organization to your bathroom especially if you’re tight on space.

Baskets

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And what better things to put on those shelves than baskets?! A cute basket can do a space wonders—both in style and organization. You can group like items together in baskets for ease, as well as hide unmentionables or things that would otherwise make a space look cluttered. See five other uses for baskets in your home here.

Trays & Jars

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Trays and jars are both indispensable when it comes to organizing a bathroom. If you have things that you want to keep out on your counter, corralling them with a tray or containing them in a jar makes the space look clean and pulled together. See more ideas for trays and clear containers here.

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Feeling like you need more organization inspiration and motivation? Check out my free email course—‘5 Days to an Organized Home.’ 

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This free five day course includes a focus on five different areas of the home, with tips, must-have organization tools, and daily “Put it Into Action” steps you can take in your own home.

Enroll here for the free email course!

My hope is that you’ll walk away from the course feeling empowered and encouraged in your organizing endeavors, and that the tips and tricks I share will help you create a home that is both cozy and functional!

Creating Good Goals & Cultivating What Matters with Powersheets Treating July 1st Like January 1st

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Happy Independence Day! I just wanted to pop in quick to talk about something that I have been LOVING so far this month! A few weeks ago I ordered a six-month Powersheets intentional goal planner… and it’s been wonderful!

I have been eyeing these up since last November or December and toyed with the idea of getting one for 2017, but I let my fear of buying something I wouldn’t use get the best of me. So then when they went on sale a month or so ago, I swooped one up and have enjoyed setting intentional goals for the last half of 2017!

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Set-Up

The planner has quite a few pages of setup to fill out before you start the six months… pages to dig into your fears, what’s holding you back, the big picture of your life, challenges you’re facing, lessons you’re learning, things you are saying yes and no to, and more! So after spending quite a few hours going through the set-up, I got to choosing goals for the next six months!

After coming up with your goals, you then come up with action steps to achieve each goal. Then you set monthly, weekly, and daily goals for the current month.

Goal Examples

To give you an idea, here are some of my goals:

Six-month goals:
  • inspire and equip people to cultivate contentment and joy in their homes
  • commune with God daily
  • foster vacation vibes all the time
Monthly Goals
  • explore two new local spots
  • purge and organize our shed
  • study Isaiah 1–11
Weekly Goals
  • move my body 3x/week
  • read for fun
  • send out a weekly newsletter
Daily Goals
  • drink 64 oz water
  • read the Word
  • floss

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Making Progress

I’ve loved getting to check off daily (and even weekly) goals so far, and am excited to see progress on my monthly goals! I have found that I am very driven by lists and getting to check things off, so this is a perfect system for me!

Since Powersheets are currently sold out, if this kind of system sounds like something you’d like to implement in your life, you could easily make your own lists. Otherwise, they should be stocking more year and six-month planners this Fall!

Happy goal setting! I’d love to hear if you’ve used Powersheets or some other form of goal setting! What are some of your best goal-setting tips and tricks?

A $75 Budget Bathroom Transformation See the Before & After of our Dramatic Black Bathroom!

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If you’re looking to do a budget bathroom renovation, then I’ve got the perfect post for you today! Or if you’re just here to see a black bathroom, I’ve got you covered there too. 😉

A couple of weekends ago we painted our bathroom black. When I tell people that we did this, they always reply with shock and awe that we would paint walls black! Sure, it was a risk, but it was a risk that paid off—BIG TIME. So without further ado, here’s the before & after!

Before

Here’s the before of our bathroom… pretty boring, neutral, and 60’s-looking. There wasn’t anything inherently wrong with it, it just wasn’t exciting. No matter what I put on the walls or counter, it felt flat and dull.

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After

And here’s the after! A million times better, right?? It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do! Of course, we also installed a new light fixture and hung that amazing round shelf, but the paint alone made such a huge difference!

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I love all the little details that make a space! Candles, plants, and art all help to pull this room together. Pro hostess tip: light a candle in the bathroom before you have people over. Not only does it add a nice ambience, but it also masks any smells that guests might be embarrassed by. 😉

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And let’s take one more look, shall we? This just goes to show that you don’t always need to completely gut a space to make drastic improvements. Sometimes all you need is a coat of paint and a few new accessories!

Budget Breakdown:

Paint: $10 for 1 quart from Home Depot (Deep Onyx, Glidden)
Shelf: This one, got for $10 at Goodwill
Light Fixture: $50, Menards
Hola Framed Art: $3 at Salvation Army
Total Cost: $73

Packing Guide: 5 Travel Essentials Things We Found Super Useful for International Travel

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Since I just finally got around to writing about our two weeks in Italy, I thought I’d share some of the things that we found super helpful to bring with us on our trip. These are all things that we didn’t previously have, but that I am so grateful that we got for our travels. Shoutout to my super travel-savvy friend for all these recommendations!

Portable Charger

We used this EVERY SINGLE DAY. We were using my phone as a map, camera, translator, and more… so let’s just say that the charge did not last for long! Having a portable charger solved all our would-be problems, making charging on-the-go easy! We also brought a tablet that we watched TV and movies on during long train rides or at night and it was definitely handy to be able to charge it when we needed to.

Massage Lacrosse Balls

These massage balls were a God-send at the end of a long day of walking! We only brought along one, and would roll them on the ground with our feet which felt heavenly! Sometimes if we made it back to our Airbnb in the middle of the day I’d do a quick roll to re-fresh my feet for evening walking. If you think you’ll be doing a lot of walking on your trip, I’d definitely recommend these!

Flexible Water Bottle

Foldable water bottles are the best thing for traveling light, which was a high priority for us. Plus, as you drink, you’re rewarded by getting more space in your bag, so it’s a win-win! We loved these bottles… just make sure that the water is potable wherever you’re going.

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are my new best friend for big trips, especially since we were traveling with backpacks rather than luggage! I thought that these were overly-hyped, but let me tell you, the hype is right. I loved being able to pack my shirts in one, pants in another, under garments in another… it made the multiple times we had to pack and unpack throughout the trip so much smoother.

Adjustable Wrist Strap Hand Lanyard

This little thing came in handy so many times! Since I was using my phone as a camera, having a wrist strap made it so we could take photos and selfies over water, cliffs, tall buildings, and all other manner of dangerous locations! 😉 It was also nice when I had my phone out to be able to secure it on my wrist so it didn’t get stolen or dropped.

Those are my five suggestions for travel must-haves! What are some of yours?

Italy Travel Guide Our Two-Week Italian Adventure

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Well, here we are, two months later, and I’ve finally mustered up the guts to write this post. Back in April we went to Italy for two weeks, I shared a bunch of photos and video on Facebook the day after we got home, and have been scared to dive back in again since I knew it would make me miss it so much. And boy was I right! Pairing down my 700-some photos to a post’s worth and re-watching our video has got me feeling ALL THE FEELS.

Italy is hands-down my favorite place I’ve ever visited. Not only was there amazing architecture, history, and sites, but the scenery was the most beautiful I’ve seen. And the food… oh, don’t even get me started on the food. Especially since I’m currently half-way through the Whole30. 🙂

Monte di Procida & Amalfi Coast

We flew into Rome and started out by heading down to the Naples area where we have friends that live right on the coast in Monte di Procida. We spent our time with them exploring the surrounding Islands, the Amalfi Coast, Mt. Vesuvius, and their mountain town. They were incredible hosts, and it was so helpful to start our trip with people who know the culture.

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A Two-Week Italian Adventure | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

A Two-Week Italian Adventure | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Favorites from Monte di Procida & Amalfi Coast
  • Procida—an island close to Monte di Procida
  • Ravello and Positano—two picturesque towns on the Amalfi Coast

Rome

We then headed back to Rome where we spent a couple days touring the Vatican, seeing the Colosseum, and basking in all the other historical sites. Rome was busy, especially the Vatican, as it was Easter week. We felt a little like cattle being herded through the Vatican, but it was still pretty incredible to learn the history and see all the beautiful art and architecture.

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A Two-Week Italian Adventure | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

A Two-Week Italian Adventure | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Favorites from Rome
  • Vatican Museum Dark Rome Tour
  • The view from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Della Palma Gelato shop—hundreds of flavors!
  • Borghese Gardens—rent a covered bicycle cart!

Venice

After Rome we headed up to Venice for a quick one-night stay. We spent our 24 hours getting lost in the tight alleys, eating lots of gelato, touring the city by water bus and a walking tour, and dining at the oldest restaurant in Italy.

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A Two-Week Italian Adventure | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Favorites from Venice
  • Rick Steve’s Grand Canal Cruise Tour
  • Venice Free Walking Tour
  • Al Squero Restaurant—adorable and delicious little sandwiches

Florence & Tuscany

From Venice, we headed to Florence. Florence housed Brian’s favorite site of the trip, the Basilica and Duomo (pictured below). It really was an incredible building, with so much detail and pretty colors. During our stay in Florence we did some street shopping, ate at the market, saw David, took a day-trip out to Tuscany for a wine tour, ate the BEST steak and tortellini, and walked past the Duomo many, many times.

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A Two-Week Italian Adventure | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Favorites from Florence & Tuscany
  • The Duomo and Basilica
  • I’Raddi Restaurant—divine cheese, pear, and honey board
  • Wines and Villas Tour through Grape Tours
  • Piazza Michelangelo—great view of the entire city
  • Mercato Centrale
  • Rick Steve’s Renaissance Walk Tour
  • 4 Leoni Restaurant—Florentine steak and pear ravioli! We died!

Cinque Terre

Our last stop was Cinque Terre. These five villages built right on the coast were the perfect place to spend our last few days in Italy. We stayed in Manarola, but hiked and took the train to the other four villages to explore what they had to offer. This was our most relaxing location… we took a nap, shopped around, watched the sun set, and of course, ate more gelato.

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A Two-Week Italian Adventure | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

A Two-Week Italian Adventure | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

A Two-Week Italian Adventure | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Favorites from Cinque Terre
  • Nessun Dorma—amazing cheese and meat boards!
  • Trattoria dal Billy—the lobster dinner was incredible
  • Castello Doria in Vernazza

If you ever have a chance to go to Italy, here’s my word for you—GO! This trip was magical for many reasons, but I do have to say, the best part was spending 15 days straight with the love of my life. Sappy?? YES! But true?? Absolutely!

Here’s a video of our trip… we used the 1 Second Everyday app, which was the perfect tool to capture our adventures! Enjoy!

 

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5 Ingredients for a Cozy Outdoor Living Space Everything You Need for Your Deck or Patio to Be Ultra Inviting

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The warm weather is in full swing, and with it, so is spending time outside! Whether you’re grilling out, serving appetizers, or reading a book, an outdoor living space is crucial to a summer spent outside! And you don’t necessarily need a huge deck or sprawling patio to create an inviting space. Here are five things that will help you create a cozy outdoor living space.

1. Multiple Seating Options

Think of providing different kinds of seating… benches, chairs, hammocks, and poufs. Having a variety will not only create a cozier space, but it also gives your guests plenty of options. And you can definitely get creative! What may not pass as seating indoors could when it’s outside—an upside down metal tub perhaps?

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2. Mood Lighting

Sprinkle candles, lanterns, or string lights throughout your space. I like to use a citronella candle to keep the mosquitos away, and string lights help the space feel inviting even when the sun goes down!

3. Plants & Greenery

No outdoor space is complete without some greenery! Scatter potted plants and flowers throughout your space, or incorporate some hanging plants or an herb garden. Your patio or deck is a great space to keep plants that need a little extra love!

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4. Texture and Patterns

As you’re filling your space with seating, planters, pillows, etc., think about how you can utilize different textures and patterns. This will give your space depth and interest. Try to incorporate different materials like wood, metal, cotton, stone, etc.

5. Functional Durability

And last but not least, don’t forget about function and durability! If you live somewhere where there is a lot of rain, you’re going to want to make sure everything is water-proof. If it’s often windy, make sure things are secure. Your space won’t be cozy and inviting for long if it can’t withstand the elements or if you’re always worried about things getting ruined.

Happy outdoor lounging!

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