July 14, 2020 - Get Your Outdoor Living Space Summer-Ready

Summer in Chicago is full of opportunities to spend time outdoors. For a few wonderful months, we forget about the frigid winter temperatures and soak up as much sun and warmth as possible. Investing in an outdoor living space is the best way to enjoy this season. Whether you have an intimate outdoor space or an expansive rooftop deck, here are some top tips to get the most out of your outdoor space this summer.

Set the mood with lights

Lighting is the easiest way to dress up your outdoor space. There are a lot of different options to choose from to fit any space and style. String lights are the most flexible, working well in both small and expansive spaces. Lights also allow you to use your outdoor space into the evening hours.

Add a fire feature

Make your outdoor space more comfortable with a fire feature. Fire features provide a focal point in your outdoor space and provide the perfect ambiance for fun summer evenings. Whether you choose a simple fire bowl, fire pit table, or a grand fireplace, you’ll love gathering around one well into the summer evening.


Trade in the typical plastic patio chairs and loungers for more stylish and comfortable patio furniture. Take a cue from your outdoor space to determine the style of furniture you get. Larger spaces can better handle bulkier pieces like large outdoor sectionals. In smaller spaces, wicker or minimal metal or wood pieces work best to help make the space feel more open.

Because of the freezing winter temperatures, you’ll want to make sure your furniture will be able to withstand the colder months.

Create a private space

Create your own private getaway by using tall plants, like bamboo or movable barriers like tall potted plants or privacy screens to add a bit of privacy in your space. It’ll help add some separation in your outdoor space.

Use your imagination

Use your imagination and create a focal point that will encourage everyone to come into the backyard, whether is the aforementioned fire pit, beverage area, water feature, or whatever else catches your fancy! This is your own private space so put your personal stamp on it.

These design tips will help you create a stylish and welcoming outdoor living space you’ll want to spend the entire summer in.

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