As bright yellow busses pepper your daily drive, rich red and gold foliage makes its seasonal landscape debut. Change is in the air. Summer and her long, sun drenched evening gatherings may take their final curtain call, but outdoor entertaining has yet to reach its season finale. With the addition of a few key elements, your existing outdoor living space will boast warmth and embrace all that is fabulous about fall.
What better way to introduce warmth than the addition of throws and cozy blankets to your space. Whether your exterior digs consist of a comfy sofa or a smattering of chairs or stools, soft plush throws are the beginning of a beautiful friendship between your space and your guests. Drape one or two throws in warm inviting hues on the arm of a sofa or back of a stool, and place an assortment of fleece, flannel or saddle blankets in a basket for all to see and enjoy.
Just like their interior counterparts, your exterior rooms will benefit from a seasonal color scheme. Because we reside in an atmosphere partaking in seasons, our carefully chosen summer landscape elements wane as we segue into autumn. Your plants and flowers play a large role in defining your exterior color scheme in the spring and summer months. As they fade, however, adding fall foliage like baskets of brightly colored mums and ornamental kale will bring life and much needed pops of color to your new Savvy fall spaces. Artificial turf is gaining in popularity as a practical replacement for living lawns in certain installations and can be purchased readily at your local Lowe's or Home Depot. In addition to serving as a grass replacement, they also look fantastic as an area rug in an outdoor living space that may be lacking in color and softness. Pop one under an existing all weather rug for a great layered textural look.
Amongst texture and color, your autumnal retreat will benefit greatly from the addition of extra lighting. What we lack from Mother Nature during this season is what we must concentrate on adding. As the seemingly endless summer sun wanes into her sparse fall mode, increased sources of lighting will make your outdoors more inviting, usable longer and visibly warmer. Even though the lighting doesn’t actually alter the temperature of your space, visually it adds warmth just as adding a plethora of candles will do. You can use fire burning candles or the newer battery powered LED versions. Either one will achieve the desired effect.
Lastly, the most obvious piece of the fall entertaining puzzle is the addition of actual warmth. This, my Savvy design followers, is, but of course, the ever so welcoming element of fire. If you are fortunate enough to possess a built in outdoor fireplace, then you my friend, are well on your way to Savvy Digs. If, however, you don’t then I have a few fab alternatives on hand. A chiminea or fire pit is still a great choice and adds a duel function. In addition to warmth and ambiance, you can use this to roast marshmallows or make a fancy Hot Toddy to warm your chilly companions on a crisp fall evening. Another excellent way to add a fire element is with a propane or electric hanging fireplace. These amazing inventions are a very swanky way to address the ambient factor while still possibly adding actual heat.
Now that I have officially left you totally excuse free, get your savvy tushes outside and start enjoying the remaining moments fall is allowing us. You have all winter to hibernate inside, so raise your fireside cocktail to that, Cheers!