Save Your Back This Winter! Easy Outdoor Pot Winterization

Our Solution to Saving Garage Space!

This year, my husband and I purchased new outdoor furniture and realized that we no longer had room to store our outdoor pots inside of the garage. Not only that, but we were tired of moving these heavy things!  So, we came up with an idea to protect our pots from filling with water, freezing and cracking this winter WITHOUT moving them from the patio!  We covered 4 pots for less than $30!  Here is what you’ll need:

  1.  3/4″ thick plywood
  2.  Tite Bond wood glue
  3. 1-1/4″ exterior screws

First, measure the outside and inside dimensions of each pot.  Cut the a circle equal to the outside dimensions of the pot. Cut a second circle equal to the interior dimensions of the pot.  Center the smaller circle to the larger circle and glue the two wood pieces together.   Secure them by also using a few exterior screws to provide extra support.  Use a roller and brush to paint them with an exterior paint color of your choice.  We chose to match them to the pots but a variety of colors would work!  Good luck!

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Hottest Patio Trends for 2016

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As we gear up for the busy summer months, many of us are thinking about how to plan our outdoor spaces.  Here are some of the hottest outdoor trends for 2016.

Industrial Clean Lines

A contemporary style is making a comeback for outdoor furniture.  This space, which serves as an extension of our indoor living areas, focuses on a simplified look with a mixture of textures and colors.  The weather washed look (gray) furniture, mixed with other textures such as cement, teak, metal and woven materials, gives the 2016 outdoor patio a very industrial, clean look.

Neon Colors and Navy

Neon colors are here to stay.  Neutrals provide a great base color for larger seat cushions but the neon pillows, umbrellas and outdoor rugs add fun accents to our outdoor living areas.  Bright blue is popular, as it gives us a feeling of enlightenment and a welcoming vibe.  Navy has become the new neutral color, creating a beachy, nautical feel.  Add some metallic, such as gold and silver to planters and hangers, and it creates a nautical accessory that  mimics the inside of seashells.

Outdoor Kitchens

Are you a grill master or the king or queen of the margarita mixer? When planning an outdoor space, narrow down what you’ll use when entertaining.  Outdoor refrigerators, bar carts, fun string lights and torches are popular this year to create a festive look outdoors.  Barstools and a built-in bar create a fun outdoor entertaining area for those who want their guests to enjoy refreshments and food from the grill in one location.

Fire Elements

Outdoor fire pits are becoming very popular in recent years.  They provide a focal point to  your backyard and ad a cozy, warmth feeling.  These spaces encourage visiting, eating and a gathering space when the weather is too chilly for sitting on the back patio.  Stores are now showing tables with fire pits built into them for a more economical and space saving feature.

Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens create another type of focal point for the outdoors.  They can either draw attention to an area or disguise unattractive views.  These creations are popular because they are made for the apartment dwellers, urban gardeners or the large, traditional garden homes.  Climbing plants can be places on trellises or simple houseplants can be planted inside of decorative structures and attached to the wall.

If you are looking for help dressing up your living space, contact First Impression Home Staging & Interior Design, LLC (248) 761-3380 for a consultation.

What Changes are you planning to make to your outdoor space this year?  

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