Summer Outdoor Living Ideas

Summer is around the corner. Are you ready to get the most out of the season?

There are so many things—some little, some bigger—you can do to enhance your summer enjoyment at your home.

What improvements can you make beyond the obvious things like increasing the time on the Slip ‘n Slide and eating popsicles every day?

Here are some of the best summer-living ideas to get you thinking.

  1. Outdoor kitchens. Creating a proper outdoor cooking space complete with built-in grill is becoming increasingly popular. These spaces are usually centered on a patio entertaining space, meaning that everything about your meal, from the cooking to the eating, can be part of a great outdoor evening with friends.

    Photo via Lowes

    Photo via Lowes

  2. Fire pits. Enough said. Who doesn’t love to snuggle around a roaring fire on a summer evening?

    Photo via Lowes

    Photo via Lowes

  3. Paper lanterns. This little decorative touch can give your outdoor space a special something. There are many different kinds of paper lanterns—some of which double as classy lighting—so one of them will surely fit your style.

    Photo via Etsy.com/shop/Leonscreativememorie

    Photo via Etsy.com/shop/Leonscreativememorie

  4. Container gardens. Nothing says summer like blooming things. And you can bring colorful flowers into your space with minimal effort and skill if you plant in containers.

    Photo via Hgtv.com

    Photo via Hgtv.com

  5. Pergolas. These structures that cover an outdoor space and are often grown over with foliage or flowering vines make for some of the most appealing outdoor areas.

    Photo via Bhg.com

    Photo via Bhg.com

  6. Patio carpets. A carpet for the patio? Why not! Make your outdoor space all the more cozy and inviting with an all-weather rug.

    Photo via Bhg.com

    Photo via Bhg.com

  7. Wind chimes. Relax to the tinkling of bells as you swing in your hammock. Wind chimes come in all types and sizes, so you can choose the style and sound.

    Photo via Amazon

    Photo via Amazon

What summer living tips are you employing this season? What do you do to make your outdoor space as appealing and comfortable as possible?

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May 17, 2013

About Jessica Johnson

Marketing Director Extra Space Storage After an internship with a marketing company changed her passion from computer science, Jessica obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. Now Marketing Director for Extra Space Storage, Jessica oversees all of the company's social media profiles and is in charge of all brand marketing efforts. Jessica, an avid goal setter, reads three books each month. Another of her goals, doing something new each year, has brought her to become SCUBA certified, playing in a kickball league, learn to fly fish, and volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival. She also enjoys traveling and trying different and exotic foods. Visit Jessica Johnson on Google+

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