As the kids head back to school and the sounds of pool parties are quickly fading away, you can do few simple things to extend the use of your outdoor space well into the cooler months.
First, address the shorter daylight hours with plenty of lighting. Look at your existing lighting scheme and add string lights, lanterns and group glass hurricane candle holders of different heights and styles. There are countless solar powered options that give you the freedom and flexibility to highlight any area. Besides adding instant charm, the additional lighting offers a safety bonus by illuminating walkways and steps. Consider what features you want to accent. It could be plant groupings, architectural or garden features.
The next step is to tackle the dipping temperatures. The easiest way to add warmth is to drape a few throws over armchairs and sofas that can be used for instant snuggling. These will also add texture or a pop of color. Swapping out your coffee table for a firepit is a great way to add warmth and atmosphere to any outdoor area. Outdoor heaters are also easily available in stand-alone or tabletop models. For both firepits and heaters, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure their safe use.
You can also update the landscaping with hardier and late blooming plants and flowers. Mums are an inexpensive option that can easily be picked up at grocery and hardware stores. Winter kale, grasses and mini pepper plants all imbue any space with an instant Fall atmosphere.
Once the space feels cozy and inviting, its time to plan activities around that space. Sit with friends to sip hot drinks or a glass of wine. Have impromptu s’mores with the family after a weekday dinner. Host holiday parties or a neighborhood football game with hotdogs on the grill.
Think “outside” the box and enjoy the crisp Fall weather!