gazebo outdoor space Spring is here, and that means you’re likely gearing up to spend more time entertaining outdoors. If your lanai or patio could use a makeover, here are a few tips on how to create a chic outdoor display to impress your family and friends.

Go Green – Let’s face it, Floridians are blessed with an abundance of greenery no matter what time of year it is. You can easily enhance your outdoor living space by placing your favorite flower, vine or plant inside baskets to set on any table top. If you have a pool, you can beautify your deck with a couple of large pots filled with plants like azaleas, ferns, and/or dwarf caladiums.  You can even create some shade around the pool deck by placing umbrellas inside the pots.

Another way to incorporate live plants into your outdoor setting is to stack small, medium and large baskets atop one another with succulents or herbs to create stylish mini gardens that are easy to care for and water.

Mix it Up – If you’d like to freshen up your outdoor space with patio furniture, here are a few ways to add some style without breaking your budget. tire patio table

  • Repurpose old antiques with concrete to make furniture that is virtually indestructible.
  • Create a table out of pallets and line the center of it with a variety of succulent plants. Click here for instructions.
  • Love the retro look? Spray paint old tires, stack two of them together and top with a round sheet of glass to create a totally cool outdoor table. Find out how from the Madcap Frenzy blog.

Want more tips on how to repurpose furniture, read this post first:

Read: Give Old Furniture New Life with Paint, Fabric and a Little Bling

Add Water – Even though swimming pools are nearly a staple in Florida, not every home has one. That shouldn’t stop you from adding a water element to your backyard. Birdbaths and fountains are great additions to any outdoor living space. They can be used as the centerpiece of your yard, or tucked into one corner. You can buy water features to suit nearly any budget online, as well as at stores like Lowe’s or Wal-Mart.

Light it Up – If you plan to entertain outdoors after dark, there are a number of ways to create a stylish atmosphere with lighting fixtures. Pendant lights, refurbished chandeliers, even holiday string lights can all be used to great effect. You can really liven things up for your next pool party with the use of floating LED pool speakers!

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