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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Space for Summer In Orange County

Landen Calvert-Nelson  |  June 13, 2024

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Space for Summer In Orange County

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, and what better way to do that than by transforming your backyard into a haven for entertaining? In Orange County, we all have those friends with a picturesque backyard. The backyard that everyone wants to snap a pic of their wine glass and take it to their Instagram story on a warm summer evening. In this blog, I’m going to break down what it takes to be that friend this summer. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, a pool party, or a quiet evening with friends, using this guide will make any occasion picture perfect. 


  1. Define Your Space

Start by determining the purpose of your outdoor area. Do you want a space for dining, lounging, cooking, or all of the above? Once you know how you plan to use the space, you can start designing zones for each activity. Use outdoor rugs, planters, or even different flooring materials to visually separate areas.


  1. Comfortable Seating

Invest in comfortable, durable seating that can withstand the elements. Consider a mix of options like cushioned sofas, lounge chairs, and hammocks. Don’t forget to add plenty of throw pillows and blankets for those cooler summer evenings. Opt for weather-resistant fabrics that are easy to clean. On a budget? Looking for local deals on things check out sites like OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace or go bargain shopping at thrift stores for furniture, pillows, decor and more.  For a luxurious option, we love Tidelli Outdoor Living in Newport Beach!


  1. Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area

An outdoor kitchen can be a game-changer for summer entertaining. If a full kitchen is out of your budget, a good grill and a prep station can suffice. Add a dining table that’s large enough to accommodate your guests. Look for tables and chairs made from materials like teak, metal, or all-weather wicker that can endure the summer heat.


  1. Create Shade and Shelter

Provide relief from the sun with umbrellas, pergolas, or awnings. Shade sails and retractable canopies are also great options that offer flexibility. 


  1. Lighting Matters

Extend your entertaining into the evening with the right lighting. String lights create a warm, inviting glow, while solar-powered lanterns and pathway lights add both ambiance and safety. For a more dramatic effect, consider installing spotlights to highlight trees or architectural features. This is key to the perfect Instagram backyard check. 


  1. Add a Fire Feature

A fire pit or an outdoor fireplace can become the focal point of your outdoor space. It’s perfect for gathering around on cool nights, roasting marshmallows, or simply enjoying the flickering flames. Choose a model that fits your style, whether it’s a rustic stone pit or a sleek, modern fireplace. (Another essential).


  1. Incorporate Water Elements

A water feature can add a soothing ambiance to your outdoor area. Whether it’s a small fountain, a koi pond, or a waterfall, the sound of running water can create a peaceful atmosphere. If you have the space and budget, a swimming pool or a spa can be a major draw for summer gatherings.


  1. Outdoor Entertainment

Keep your guests entertained with outdoor games like cornhole, bocce ball, or a giant Jenga set. For tech-savvy hosts, consider setting up an outdoor theater with a projector and a screen or a blank wall. Add some cozy seating and popcorn for a memorable movie night under the Southern California stars.


  1. Lush Landscaping

Surround your outdoor living space with lush landscaping to create a private oasis. Use a mix of perennials, annuals, and shrubs to add color and texture. Plant fragrant flowers like jasmine or lavender to enhance the sensory experience. Don’t forget to include some potted plants and hanging baskets for added greenery.


  1. Personal Touches

Finally, add personal touches to make the space truly yours. Hang artwork, use decorative lanterns, or incorporate your favorite colors into the design. Consider adding an outdoor bar cart for easy access to drinks and snacks, and don’t forget a sound system to play your favorite summer tunes.


By following these tips, you can create an outdoor living space that’s perfect for summer entertaining. With a little planning and creativity, your backyard can become the ultimate destination for friends and family to gather, relax, and enjoy the summer season

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