Having people over this weekend? Spruce up your space fast with these easy ideas
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Upgrade your yard for entertaining
Style expert Caitlin Atkinson says, “The garden is your canvas–paint a warm, inviting picture on it.” Here are some easy ways to do just that, and get your outdoor space in shape for weekend entertaining.
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Dress the floor
for Dash & Albert Diamond rug in canary and white, $298
A sunny polypropylene outdoor rug adds instant warmth and defines the party space. 6- by 9-ft.
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Mix the seating
for Fermob bistro metal chair, $99
Folding chairs in fun colors provide flexible extra seating indoors or out.
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Cover the fence
for 24- by 24-in. wall art, $300
Botanical and marine silhouettes—made with painted steel, strategically rusted and then sealed—add a pop of color to a not-yet-plant-covered fence.
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Put in lighting
for outdoor glass lanterns, from $10.50
Clusters of lights bring warmth to the patio corners.
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Bring in a mini bar
for Luck side table, $149
A double-decker iron table, enameled a glossy green, sets off summery drinks.
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Illuminate the evening
for porcelain tea-light holder, from $9
Perforated porcelain candleholders cast a geometric glow over the whole space.
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Inject some metal
for Basin Mod Dish, $129
Use this 16-inch-wide dish as a shallow planter or fill it with water for a mini reflecting pool. Either way, the parrot red color makes this a standout feature.
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for Rjoe Outdoor Throw, $199
Found, finally: A soft throw that can actually be left outside, thanks to Sunbrella’s performance fibers.
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Serve with flair
for Axo bowls, $85/set of 3
Serve nuts, olives, and other small bites in these solid ash 10- by 11-inch trays. They wipe clean with a sponge.
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Add pops of color
for Festive Small Planters, $9.95 each
Fill these 7-inch pots with fragrant basil and march a row of them down an outdoor dining table or hang them with wall hooks.
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Dine on eye candy
for serving bowl, $40 and plates, $48/set of 4
Artist Lotta Jansdotter spreads her Scandi-inspired patterns over a line of outdoor-ready melamine dinnerware.