Are you looking for simple ways to refresh your backyard? Spring is the perfect time to tackle projects and get your outdoor living space ready for sunny days and starry nights.
Debbie Travis, Canada’s lifestyle expert, who recently launched a partnership with Sears Canada, shares her tips on how to easily create a functional outdoor living space with a luxurious ambiance.
Do a full spring sweep: Put away everything and decide what you really like. Create a mixture of one or two high quality items or vintage pieces that carry sentimental value. “It’s important to be ruthless when eliminating items that don’t work,” shares Travis. “Right now, it’s all about being minimalistic, so starting with a clean slate will help you achieve the look.” Get rid of many smaller items and use fewer, larger pieces to keep it simple.”
Think functionality: Multi-functional furniture is a necessity. “Innovative materials and exotic forms promote dual-purpose design in furniture and accessories. Think ottoman coffee tables and reversible pillows. It’s all about items that make our day-to-day lives easier,” she says. “Fast-drying patio cushions are one of my favourite multi-purpose pieces. They make it easy to get back outside quickly after a sun shower.”
For the perfect combination of style and performance, Travis suggests her fast-drying reversible accent or highback cushions at Sears.
The pièce de résistance: Adding an outdoor carpet, serving trays or portable lanterns are simple and affordable ways to redefine your backyard. “Accessories like cheerful cushions and tableware give you the opportunity to play around with different texture and colour combinations,” says Travis. This year, try adding a water-resistant bar cart topped with outdoor friendly barware, such as tumblers, pitchers and goblets to elevate your space and impress your guests.
More information and tips are available at www.sears.ca.