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Getting started with outdoor decor

by Ted Stumpf 04/30/2023

No matter the size or shape of your yard or patio, it's helpful to know the basics of using outdoor decor. You can decorate for specific occasions or change the entire aesthetic of your space in myriad ways - many without breaking the bank. Here are some common questions about decorating outdoors and tips to help you get started:

How do you decorate an outdoor area?

When decorating an outdoor area, try starting with lighting. Replace any existing light fixtures with more stylish options, and add more accent lighting to create ambiance. Hang a chic pendant light from a covered porch, or add magic with twinkling string lights.

Once you have your lighting, focus on defining the space. Combine an outdoor area rug with matching outdoor pillows for a simple outdoor decor formula.

What about outdoor decor on a budget?

Upcycling is a great way to decorate an outdoor living space on a budget. Consider repurposing old furniture pieces to give them new life outside. A fresh coat of paint and some weatherproofing can transform almost anything into patio furniture on a budget.

How do you weatherproof outdoor decorations?

It's important to protect your decorative items from the elements, no matter the time of year. Use a clear polyurethane sealant on wood-based pieces. To prevent wind-related damage, weigh down your outdoor decor by anchoring lightweight pieces to the ground, wall or a heavy object.

Can I temporarily decorate for company or special occasions?

Decorating an outdoor space with seasonal or holiday flair is a fun way to celebrate and show your creative side. When choosing more temporary decorative items, opt for those you can reuse the following year. If you're decorating for a special occasion, make sure to store these special pieces safely for later use.

What about semi-permanent decorations?

You can add a personal touch to your outdoor space without the need to change things constantly. Simple updates like adding new outdoor furniture or refreshing the garden will keep your space feeling stylish and low-maintenance. 

Are you ready to get started on your outdoor decor project? Keep these tips in mind to create the perfect vibe for your outdoor living area.

About the Author

Ted Stumpf

Ted draws energy and joy from building synergetic relationships with his Clients. Ted's nature is graciously gregarious and persevering; he's honest; and he's been dedicated to a substantial list of clientele throughout his 25 years in the hospitality business and almost two years as a REALTOR. His passion is creating a sincere, successful relationship with people.

Ted grew up in a family of Realtors in central Indiana, earned a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and jumped into all aspects of the restaurant business. His ensuing hospitality career path eventually led him into the Event Management Sales & Service role in hotels and quickly guided him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally to a luxury resort in the Napa Valley, where he, his husband, and their dog have resided for almost a decade now.  

The irony is not lost on Ted that his ‘growth’ journey has culminated in“living happily ever after” in an agricultural area with a small-town feel and sense of community strikingly reminiscent of his youth…and as a REALTOR nonetheless!