With summer right around the corner, many of us are getting ready to set up our outdoor spaces! This can sometimes be a challenge, as items can be expensive and a lot of us tend to set up a dining area only and call it a day! While this is great, there are certain items that you should include if you can to create an extended living space outdoors that will be used all summer long.

String Lights -  String lights look great around a dining area, or hung overhead of a seating / conversation area. Don't think these lights are for parties only, keep them up all summer long!

Outdoor Pillows - You wouldn't leave your indoor couch or chair pillow-less, so don't forget about your outdoor space! Outdoor cushions are available EVERYWHERE this time of year, but you can also purchase outdoor specific fabric and make your own. Looking for outdoor cushions made from designer fabric? Check Etsy!

Decorative Lanterns -  Another great lighting source that are also pretty too look at! Whether around the pool, or around the edges of an eating area, use decorative lanterns of various sizes (similar looks) to create a unique look.

Outdoor Rug - Outdoor rugs don't have to be expensive! There are TONS of affordable options that will last, just look for a pattern you like in colours that match your outdoor space! Don't overlook an outdoor rug, it will really help pull your space together!

Fire Pit - While not for everyone (especially if you have small children), a fire pit can be a great addition to your backyard! A perfect way to keep warm on cooler nights and a great focal point of a conversation / lounging area!

Outdoors, SummerKelly Boyd