Spring has officially made an entrance! Trees have bloomed, birds are singing, and there’s been enough rain for the entire season. Fresh air and blooms are exactly what families need right now. Louisiana springs come early, and it’s the perfect time of year to create an outdoor oasis so you can spend time enjoying the fresh air. As winter urges us to focus on cozying our indoor spaces, the warmer months turn our attention to front porch sittin’. With a little creativity, we can make our outdoor areas just as welcoming.

There are three simple items you need to create an outdoor oasis. First, and most important, is comfortable seating. Look for outdoor sofas or loveseats with big, comfy cushions. This encourages family to nestle in and relax. Furniture placement should be considered too…placing seating facing one another to ensure easy conversation. Think of outdoor spaces as small “living rooms” to gather. Neutral and gray tones are perfectly compatible with any style outdoor space! Outdoor furniture constructed of wicker or metal provide many years of outdoor use and only require seasonal upkeep. In addition, piles of cozy, weather-proof pillows generate a feeling of coziness.

The second way to easily create an outdoor oasis is to add pretty plants and flowers. Recent studies have shown that flowers provoke happiness and life satisfaction. We can all use some happiness! It’s a good idea to think out-ofthe-box when selecting planters or containers for your seating area. Wine barrels or buckets make nice planters and come in a variety of styles and sizes. Smaller ceramic vessels are great for plants like carnations or succulents. Buckets overflowing with lavender make a beautiful centerpiece for an outdoor coffee table or side table. Hydrangeas grow well in containers, bloom into summertime and provide big pops of color in a shaded seating area. Mixing beautiful blooms with rustic containers make for a nice contrast in any style outdoor oasis.

And the third and last way to create a beautiful outdoor oasis is to mix vintage with new items. Especially in outdoor spaces, a vintage item can really highlight the new items. An antique wooden bench looks nice paired with the new wicker loveseat. Consider wooden vintage French bistro chairs to complete a seating area. This makes for
great conversation and creates the feeling of an outdoor room for your family to enjoy ice cold lemonade. Provide small spaces for drinks or candles, using vintage baskets or stools. A wooden indoor table can become a cozy spot for an outdoor dinner, when given a fresh coat of outdoor paint. Again, the contrast of vintage with new makes an outdoor oasis welcoming.

Have you created an outdoor oasis for your family this Spring? If not…consider these above options to make your porch or patio feel like an oasis! Be inspired today to design a little comfortable spot for your family to enjoy through this warm season. Let’s enjoy our outdoor spaces together with evening meals and a good book! Happy porch sittin’!