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What is IN is OUT!

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Cooking, entertaining, reading, relaxing, and sleeping for many decades in the USA have been activities that homeowners did inside the house.  Now, the trend for many is to move activities to the out spaces.  Just as formal sitting rooms indoors are passé, formal gardens are out and the lived-in garden is very chic.  
     Kitchens for the patio come complete with fire brick pizza ovens, refrigerators, ice makers, sinks, and the traditional favorite BBQ grill in a fashionable streamlined stainless steel model.  Entertainment tents, screened  3- season rooms and gazebos move the crowd from the main indoor living spaces.  Piped-out music, a flat-screen TV and speakers that look like rocks, add to the draw.  A hot tub complete with a built-in DVD/CD/Blu-ray player and mood lights couldn’t hurt!  Container water gardens and fountains soothe the weary and bring tranquility to this outdoor haven.

     How does a stager treat these areas?  Less is still the best.  Resist plastic, religious objects, and those adorable garden gnomes.  Add a few quality eye-catching pieces that project simple elegance.  Place a few colorful pillows on the seating pieces with an accenting throw over the back.  Now is not the time for neutrals!  You want to accentuate the  (hopefully) neutral paint color of the home with coordinating colors.  Think— POP— and — WOW! This includes vertical spaces, so think of vines, trellis shapes,  and climbers. An outdoor rug can anchor a grouping as well.  Plants that are scented: like roses, lilac, and jasmine, add to the ambiance but don’t overwhelm when outdoors.
     A good outdoor living space can sell the home, as the prospective buyer envisions the memory-making moments that could be experienced here.

     If you want to be part of the “in crowd”, you will want to be thinking “out”.

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Comments (3)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathleen, great post, and outdoor spaces are the focus right now for the summer.

Jul 02, 2023 01:12 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Jul 03, 2023 03:01 AM
Max Fray
Self Employed - Odessa, MN
Real professional

Thanks for sharing, it is very good and gives in-depth information.

Jul 06, 2023 05:27 AM