Spring Decorating Idea - Outdoor Cozy Nook


{The following is my Spring 2019 Her Decor column with Her Mind Magazine:}

We all love a day at the spa, but when it comes to self-care, it’s just as important to relax in a soothing space in your own home. As the weather gets warmer, why not designate a nook on your patio or porch that serves your needs, reflects your style and begs you to stay for a while and enjoy the season?

As in all design undertakings, the first step is to determine what you want to do in your nook. Will you want a comfortable chair for reading? A chaise for listening to music while watching the birds? A table and chair for painting, or maybe a chic recliner so you can catch up on that Netflix series on your tablet? Create a space that pleases you. (No judgment on the Netflix binging.)

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You may be able to transform a corner of your porch with items on hand or that are easily available from local retailers. Here are a few things to consider including:

Comfortable seating. If you already have a favorite chair that’s a great start! Need a footstool or ottoman? You can likely find one in a local store to complete the space.

Table. You’ll want a small side table for books, art supplies, a journal, portable speaker and a beverage. If the table is large enough, why not place a favorite framed photograph on it?

Scent. I love to have a favorite candle lit when I’m relaxing or working. Consider a candle, oil or wax melter•or even incense. 

Flowers. Add a bud vase with a pretty flower or a small arrangement to make your space extra special. 

Lighting. Make sure the lighting is both functional and soothing. If your porch has a center overhead light, add a table lamp or floor lamp to light your tasks. 

Texture. Add a few soft down pillows or something firm if you need back support. Use an outdoor-friendly fabric like Sunbrella. This is an easy find in a local store and will make a big impact. A soft throw blanket will enhance the space, especially on chilly nights. 

Art. If you have a wall where you can hang art, consider something that can weather the climate. Otherwise, consider a small accessory or two placed on a nearby table. 

If you’re comfortable and surrounded by things you love, your special nook will become a nurturing space, where you can curl surrounded by your favorite things.

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