By Kathryn Weber
With the last of summer’s slipping away, the cool breezes, long shadows and bright hues of fall keep drawing us outdoors. Now is the perfect time to transform your patio or porch into a beautiful seasonal outdoor room, providing a perfect vantage point to enjoy the riches of autumn.
Without a doubt, fall is resplendent in the fruits and abundance of the season – so use this bounty to decorate. Fresh or faux pumpkins, grasses, twigs and vines all lend a natural effect. Add a fall wreath to your patio door, above the fireplace, or on an open wall. If you have an outdoor fireplace, why not embellish it with a fall-themed work of art? Artwork looks smashing outdoors and is very trendy now.
FOCUS ON LIGHTING
Add pillar candles on your table or fireplace mantle to build on the romantic mood of the season. Give a nod to Halloween by repurposing garden owl decoys with black spray paint, turning them into spooky raptors. Tea lights on a table, lining the mantle, or hung from branches in jelly jars create a cozy feel. Or curl grapevines on an outside wall and add white Christmas lights for a twinkling effect. Large lanterns, candle chandeliers and strands of patio lights can also add autumnal atmosphere.
Refresh your patio furniture to reflect the new season. Choose fall-colored seat cushions, a table runner or crimson rug to tie the scene together. For a quick crafty tough, cut burlap into a table runner or fall-inspired placemats. Using an autumn-inspired rubber stamp, add a design on the burlap. New outdoor pillows and accessories can give the patio a cozy look.
With summer chores gardening chores fast becoming a memory, hide your tools with an outdoor screen made from dog-eared fencing. For less than $30, you can create a neat and tidy look. You’ll need 10 six-foot fence boards, two garden gate hinges and some wood sealer with stain.
Cut two of the fence boards into four pieces Add hinges at the backside of the screen where the crosspieces are located. Stain and let dry.
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