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Tips for Buying Patio Furniture

It’s Friday, the weather is feeling like spring, and we just want to be outside. Today, we have pulled together a list of tips for buying patio furniture that will help kickstart your spring to do list and help you create that backyard escape that you will be craving all summer long!

1. Determine the Function

Uses for Backyard

 

What you choose to do in your backyard will determine what type of furniture you may want to purchase. When going for a relaxation getaway, you will need more lounging furniture. If you are looking to host nighttime garden parties, chic lanterns and tall furniture that people can use to mingle around will be more important.

2. Make a List

Cute List

Make a shopping list. Think about your main functions of your yard and put together a list of your needs and wants. Will you need lighting? What about bug prevention? Do you want a whole dining table outside, or will a picnic table do? How many chairs should you buy? All of these are considerations you should make when planning your shopping trip.

3. Test It Out

red patio furniture

You want to make sure that your furniture is comfortable and inviting. Looks are important, of course, but in the end, you won’t consistently sit on something that isn’t comfortable. Try out the furniture setups in the store, or read recommendations if you are purchasing online.

4. Go For Quality

elegant patio furniture

 

It’s easy and cheap to buy plastic chairs, and they are pretty comfortable, but you will find yourself with chairs dulled by the sun and brittle from being exposed to the elements. Instead, invest in lasting pieces that will elevate your outdoor patio and keep the luxurious feel for years.

5. Add Some Color


colorful deck chairs
 As always, here at The Mix, we love adding color to any and every room. That extends to our patio! You are not limited to wicker, wood, and metal colors when choosing patio furniture. Instead, add colorful pillows, paint the wood (like the picture above!), or use decor to add a splash of color to your outside oasis.

It’s not hard to create an outside space that is personal and functional with a bit of flair! For more outdoor inspirations, check out The Mix’s Outdoor Furniture collection and our Pinterest boards!

Unique DIY for the Kitchen

The kitchen is my favorite room in my house. I don’t like to eat all that much, and I definitely hate cleaning the dishes, but there’s something inviting and warm about the kitchen. Not only is it the space which nourishes us, but it also welcomes in our friends and family and allows us to provide for them.

People must have been noticing how important the kitchen is, because Pinterest is simply abounding with ideas for ways to make your kitchen (big or small!) your own. Here at The Mix, we love providing a bit of inspiration for our readers, and today, we wanted to pull together some great ideas for making your kitchen unique and yours! (Click on the pictures to visit the website!)

coat hanger towel rack
Loving the rustic coat hangers!

 

 

wine rack attached to cabinet
For all of you wine drinkers!
bent spoon frame holder
Love the bent spoons and seasonal decor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cheese grater light fixtures
What a unique idea!

 

 

 

 

 

pull-out spice rack
Don’t let space go wasted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

open shelves kitchen space
Love the look of these open shelves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kitchen is so customizable and open for a variety of options! Hopefully, you can get some inspiration from these great pictures and turn your own kitchen into something beautiful and unique!

For more inspiration, check out our Kitchen Inspirations Pinterest board!

 

Small Changes That Make an Impact

Springtime also brings with it a need for renewal or a sprucing up in our homes. It’s no coincidence that it’s called “spring cleaning”, after all. However, you can’t go out and buy new furniture every time you want to breath some new life into your room. Luckily, there a few changes you can make in your home that won’t bust your bank, but will give your room a feeling of newness.

1. Freshen Up the Walls

After a while, looking at the same color walls day in and day out can be tiring. A fresh coat of paint, with texture, design, or print, can help make an old room feel new.

Paint

yellow and gray striped bedroom

Nothing changes a room more dramatically than a new paint color. It’s not hard to do this fix yourself, and can be relatively cheap depending on your paint choice. Before you dive head first into this project, however, consider what you would like from your room, and also what colors your furniture incorporates. You wouldn’t want to paint your room a bright color that clashes with your favorite chair!

Wallpaper

bold bathroom wallpaper

If you’re feeling really brave, consider wallpaper! We aren’t talking about your grandmother’s small floral pattern, but something big and bold that can instantly change the feel of the room. We are loving this bold bathroom!

2. Change Your Decor

seahorse made of driftwood

octopus made of driftwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for a quick change to your room, look no further than decor! Rooms can change with the seasons or the holidays, or you can completely change the theme of the room. (I’m love love loving these driftwood wall hangings from The Mix. Click the pictures to purchase!)

Pillows

grey and teal bedroom

Sometimes, changing the throw pillows on your bed or sofa can be just what you need to freshen up a room. Pillows bring in a major element of design style, especially if your bed or sofa is a neutral color. In the picture above, changing the room design would be a simple matter of changing the color of the bedding and pillows!

Mirrors

dark room with mirrors

I know that we featured the room above in our Light vs. Dark post, but I just couldn’t get enough of these mirrors! Adding a mirror to your wall will open up the room and make it feel larger. Mirrors also reflect the light in the room, which brightens up the room and makes it feel more warm.

Wall Decor

diy home decor

Whether you choose to Do-It-Yourself, or purchase wall decor from a vendor (like The Mix!), wall decor can have a major impact on your home aesthetics.  Simply change the colors or theme of your decor to add a different twist to your existing home design.

3. Rearrange

Sometimes, all we need to spruce up our homes is to rearrange what we already own into a space that allows for us to be more productive and comfortable.

Flow

room with good flow

Simply rearranging your furniture can bring new life to your room. Think about the flow of traffic in your home and figure out where you may feel disrupted. Rearrange your furniture to create a better flow and walkspace.

Lighting

interesting bird lamp

Lighting is important in living spaces. You don’t want to have a glare on your television when you are laying in bed, and you don’t want to have to squint to read in your favorite chair. Rearrange your furniture so that the lighting is optimal for the activities you do in each room, and add lighting accordingly. (How cute is this bird lamp?? Click on the picture for more information!)

I hope these tips help you with the renewal of your home! Are there in tricks that you swear by in your home?

 

– The Mix Team