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The Perfect Saratoga Patio

How to Create Your Saratoga Patio in 5 Steps

Summer is here in Saratoga and that means it’s time to create your perfect outdoor living space. If you don’t know where to begin, you came to the right place! Together, we can construct your Saratoga Patio in 5 easy steps. After all, we love a good checklist!

Serena & Lily Outdoor Porch

 

First Step: Purpose

Think about how you will use your outdoor space – entertaining, relaxing or both. Take the time to answer the following questions before your dive in:

Do you host dinner parties on the regular?

Do you tend to have a lot of company?

Are you looking for a space to relax and kick your feet up?

Does this space need to be kid and or pet friendly?

 

Second Step: Creating the Layout 

Understanding the amount of space you have to work with including exact measurements and any existing features you need to work around like planting areas, sidewalks or lighting is extremely important. If you are working with a small area, it is helpful to prioritize your needs and wants for the space. For example, if your main priority is to create a relaxing get away, then a comfortable outdoor sofa should be your focus. 

Logically planning where certain features are placed is also key. For example, if you want an outdoor eating space, it should be located near the interior kitchen for easy serving and cleanup. Work smarter, not harder!

Serena & Lily Dining set 

 

Third Step: Materials, Furniture and Decor 

First, let’s talk about the existing materials and or how to choose the foundation of your patio/outdoor living space. Say you are satisfied with your existing deck, patio, trellis, whatever it may be. Then you can jump right into choosing furniture. If you need to choose your materials wisely, here are some important aspects to consider:

Weatherproof?

Is it easy to clean?

Does in need a lot of upkeep?

Furniture. Now this is the fun part! You should choose furniture that has the aesthetic or style you desire but also is going to withstand weather conditions. So how do you achieve a look that is both practical and pleasing to the eye?  Well, start with choosing a medium to dark color sofa. Everyone would love to have the perfect white sofa, but it will be dirty within a week. Once you have your color focus on finding an outdoor sofa that is waterproof and comfortable. 

 

Crate&Barrel Campana Collection

 

Decor. Look for items that enhance the space but don’t overpower it. Little details such as candles, table books and vases can make the space. Some local shops in Saratoga that are great for those finishing touches are: TOGA HERITAGE and Homessence.

Fourth Step: Landscaping 

Putting effort and time into your landscaping can make all the difference. The key is to carefully plan. From choosing a focal point, to researching which trees and flowers thrive in your area. In Saratoga, Lilly-of-the-valley is a great choice or Head on over to one of our local floral shops, Dehn’s Flowers for your gardening needs. Consider planting your flowers in a decorative pot and you get a practical piece, that also adds a decor element to your space. Another practical idea is to plant your favorite herbs in a nearby flower bed or decorative pot.  You can then wow your guests with fresh mint, rosemary or basil.  Finally, landscaping is also a way to add privacy in your outdoor space. If you are a bit too close to the neighbors, choose a tree or flowering bush that will grow to 6-8 feet. In the area Evergreen trees are common for a serene landscape, as-well as privacy.

Dehn’s Flowers

 

Fifth Step: Your One of a Kind Item 

The eye catching item. That chair or sofa that everyone wants to know where you got. It is always a good idea to have a statement piece of furniture in your space. Some may say that this is an appropriate aspect to splurge on, and West Elm always has us covered. These Montauk Nest Chairs are great for lounging as well as your hosting needs.

Montauk Nest Chairs

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