Summer is almost here and if you are like my family that means spending more time outside. Having a really great outdoor living space makes summers a whole lot more enjoyable. We live in a townhouse so our outdoor space is limited and I know we aren’t the only ones. Let me be the first to tell you– It’s not how big your outdoor space is, it’s how you use it that matters. ;) Whether you want to eat meals outside, have an area where your kids can play, or grow some fresh herbs and vegetables, here are our tips for creating a family friendly outdoor space.
5 Tips for Creating A Family Friendly Outdoor Space
1. Add an element of DIY
Each spring we try to come up with at least 1 new DIY element to add to our back patio, and then we get the kids involved with helping to make it! Having a project that your kids helped bring to life, gives them a sense of pride in the space you will share together. Other great reasons to tackle a DIY project for your outdoor space is that it can usually be done for a fraction of the price of store bought (who doesn’t love saving a pretty penny), and it makes your space one of a kind! This year our family built a mason bee house together.
Other DIY outdoor space projects include:
2. Curate a selection of store bought items that fit your style
I’m always on the lookout for items at the store that fit my budget, go well with my color pallete, and that “call my name”. I love to add a few new things to my outdoor living collection each year to give it a refreshed look. We try to keep our outdoor staples in a neutral pallet and then add accents in fun colors and patterns. I adore anything aqua blue or tropical. Superstore is one of my favorite places to shop for outdoor essentials. They have items that are fun, functional, fashionable and budget friendly. This year I’m crazy about the PC Bamboo Fibre collection. They have plates, platters, and fun serving dishes and utensils available in neutral tones (I love the aqua blue) as well as in a beautiful tropical pattern! I think that this collection was made for me!
Last year our outdoor pallet couch cushions were blue and brown striped. This year I opted to recover them in a navy blue fabric. I paired them with some outdoor cushions from the PC Outdoor Square Pillow collection in an aqua blue tropical fabric!
I love the mixing and matching of PC Home neutral items like this gorgeous lantern with pieces that are patterned like the bamboo fibre round tray.
3. Add some plants to liven up your outdoor space
Plants are not only a wonderful way to decorate your space, it’s also a great hobby to teach your kids. I love that my kiddos are growing up knowing how to garden. Our backyard garden is filled with a mixture of plants that I think are pretty (I adore succulents), combined with fresh herbs, veggies and berries! We try to keep our backyard space bee friendly with a variety of brightly colored flowers. We’ve taught the kids to not be afraid of bees, and instead to respect the job that they are doing, pollinating our garden, and to be respectful of their work, giving them their space.
Kids learn a lot by knowing where their fruits and veggies come from. Get them involved helping in the garden by letting them help pick flowers in their favorite colors, seeds that they’d like to experiment growing, and fruit and veggie starts for their favorite foods.
If garden space is limited, their are a ton of plants that you can grow in containers– In fact, I can’t think of any of our plants that are in our garden that wouldn’t do well in a container!
Other gardening ideas:
4. Make sure it’s an area that every member of your family can enjoy
There’s nothing worse than setting up a gorgeous space and then having to hover over your kids making sure they don’t mess something up or break something. We rarely use glass outside so it doesn’t get broken (yet another reason that we love items in the PC Home outdoor collection! They are break free). We also want every family member to be able to find something fun to do in our outdoor space. Bean loves reading, so we put lots of throw cushions on the couch so that she can get comfy and snuggle down with a good book. I often have my laptop with me, so we’ve run an extension cord so that we have power. The Hubs likes to enjoy a beer after the kids have gone to bed so we’ve put some outdoor lights outside. Turtle is always moving, so we have a “fun box” filled with outdoor activities like bubbles, a frisby, ball, and a baseball mitt and softball.
Other fun outdoor activities perfect for your outdoor space:
5. Start a pinterest board with inspiration, recipes and outdoor inspiration
Inspiration is all around us, so start a pinterest board to keep track of your favorite gardening, outdoor living and summer entertaining ideas! Whether it’s a delicious salsa recipe for your hubby to snarf down on, or a new outdoor patio set that you’d love for your birthday, you’ll be happy to have all of your inspiration in one place!
This summer, take advantage of the best one-stop-shop in town at your local Real Canadian Superstore. Find everything you need for a perfect summer event, from groceries to make your famous Chicken Burger, the barbeque to make it on, and of course all the patio décor you need. Loblaw Home Brands have you covered!
Tell me… What are your favorite tips for creating a family friendly outdoor space?
Disclosure: Thank you to PC Home for working with us on this post. As with all articles on Hello Creative Family, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.