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Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space

Tips & Tricks from Splendid Home Design

Living in Florida, we have the luxury of having great weather year-round! Our homes come with ample space for lanais, screened in front or back porches, open yards, and patio space to be utilized all year long and not have to be closed off to prepare for harsh winters. BUT, with that then comes the aspect of designing it, taking care of it, and filling up the space to be inviting. You might ask yourself questions like, how can I make my outdoor space more welcoming? Is my space a good area for entertaining guests? 

Well lucky for you – we have answers! What better way to learn some tips than from an expert and Interior Design Professional herself? Bianca Fathauer is the Owner and Designer of Splendid Home Design where she and her team offer everything you'd need for a full home remodel. Kicking off her design career as a Sales Manager/Showroom Director, she gained an extensive amount of knowledge and passion within the field. After having her first child, Bianca ran off the philosophy that “your home is where your family story is written” and wanted to provide a splendid experience to others during their home remodel process. This is when she made the decision to take on the challenge of opening her own business – Splendid Home Design. She now has a team of five others alongside her who help make these dreams a reality and help people rewrite their stories in their own homes.

Let's get back to the questions at hand – how can we design our home spaces to be more inviting for entertaining? Bianca has provided us with a few tips to follow when renovating your outdoor spaces on your own. Remember, your home should reflect your style and write your story – so take some time to read through these tips and find YOUR creative side. Tag us in your photos, we love to see your work and success! @portstluciecitylifestyle Interested in viewing some work done by Bianca and her team? Check them out at Splendidhomedesign.com

LIGHTING - Mood can be created in multiple ways, but one of my favorites is the right lighting. Whether it be romantic string lights, decorative sconces, or solar powered accent lighting, these can add drama to spaces and walkways. I highly recommend adding a dimmer to your lighting outside to help create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion. 

COMFORTABLE FURNITURE - You want to create a space where people WANT to linger and connect with one another. My favorite is through the use of comfortable, yet durable furniture. Find something easy to maintain, but comfortable where people will want to stay awhile! Throw pillows and rugs help define the area and give that outdoor space, an indoor vibe. This will help create a more cozy and inviting feeling.

HOME TECHNOLOGY - Outdoor speakers and a TV to watch your favorite sports team can really make a difference in making your space more inviting. Most speakers are now available with bluetooth or Wi-Fi settings, making it easier than ever to bring them from room to room to keep the party going!

OUTDOOR KITCHEN - This doesn’t have to be over the top, but a countertop next to your grill with a beverage center, or small appliance to hold snacks, can make the space more desirable for entertaining. If a full remodel is not in the cards, not to worry! There are plenty of modular pieces that can work as furniture to achieve the same function for prepping and serving appetizers and drinks for friends and family.

LIGHTING - The mood can be created in multiple ways, but one of my favorites is the right lighting. Whether it be romantic string lights, decorative sconces or solar powered accent lighting, these can add drama and interest to spaces and walkways. I highly recommend adding a dimmer to your lighting outside to help create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion. 

COMFORTABLE FURNITURE - You want to create a space that people will WANT to linger and connect with one another. My favorite is through the use of comfortable yet durable furniture. Find something easy to maintain, yet comfortable where people will want to stay awhile! Throw pillows and rugs help define the space and give that outdoor space, an indoor vibe. It will help the area feel more cozy and inviting.

HOME TECHNOLOGY - Outdoor speakers for better sound or a TV to watch your favorite sports team can really make a difference in making space more inviting. Most speakers are now available with bluetooth or Wi-Fi settings, making it easier than ever to bring them from room to room to keep the party going!

OUTDOOR KITCHEN - This doesn’t have to be over the top fancy, but a countertop next to your grill with a beverage center, or small appliance to hold snacks, can make the space more desirable for entertaining. If a full remodel is not in the cards, not to worry! There are plenty of modular pieces that can work as furniture to achieve the same function for prepping and serving appetizers and drinks for friends and family.

"Your home is where your family story is written"