Bring glam­our to your out­door space

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

There’s no need to travel to the great out­doors when it can be found as close as your own back­yard. All it takes is a lit­tle cre­ativ­ity.

Do you want an ur­ban but homey feel, or a Zen, clean look? It is the same items that make for great rooms inside – cozy fur­ni­ture, ro­man­tic light­ing and cre­ative ac­ces­sories – that can bring so much char­ac­ter to your out­door space. Here are some tips to cre­ate beau­ti­ful rooms be­yond your back door: • Ur­ban: For an eclec­tic lounge, build wooden benches di­rectly into fences. Go clas­si­cally chic with wrought iron can­dle lamps, striped out­door car­pets and monochro­matic pal­ettes. Por­ta­ble fire pits and out­door heaters add warmth, mak­ing your lounge a multi-sea­son des­ti­na­tion. • Zen: Min­i­mal­ist-lovers may craft their ideal lounge with a per­gola, plus low, mod­ern seat­ing, cream cush­ions, and a flow­ing wall-mounted wa­ter foun­tain. • Ur­ban: Take stone gar­den dé­cor, add metal or light wood fur­ni­ture and you have the mak­ings of a great din­ner out. Up­date the look with a colour­ful out­door car­pet or a com­pact metal­lic ta­ble and sleek vinyl arm­chairs. • Zen: Keep your out­door din­ing aes­thetic, clean and un­clut­tered with a bricked ter­race and stream­lined lac­quered ta­bles and chairs. For some­thing eye­catch­ing, but easy to find, the Home De­pot of­fers bistro, con­ver­sa­tion, and din­ing sets to suit the dé­cor you are cre­at­ing. White-screened lanterns add the per­fect un­der­stated light­ing. • Ur­ban: Cre­ate a back­yard get­away with a gazebo and dec­o­rate with a va­ri­ety of hang­ing bas­kets. For lazy days, out­fit your sanc­tu­ary with drap­ery pan­els and wile away the hours in the breeze. • Zen: To cre­ate a calm cor­ner in even the tini­est of out­door are­nas, set up a sleek metal lounger or string a ham­mock in a se­cluded cor­ner. De­fine the space with a few sculp­tural ev­er­greens. Re­gard­less of pref­er­ence for a lounge, din­ing room, or pri­vate sanc­tu­ary, the ef­fort you make this sea­son is go­ing to be an in­stant, stress-free home ad­di­tion. More in­for­ma­tion and guid­ance is avail­able at www. home­de­, in­clud­ing the pa­tio buy­ing guide and in­spi­ra­tion gallery.

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