Enjoy Your Outdoor Space Longer with These Tips!


As most people know, Labor Day tends to signal the closing of the summer season. Kids have gone back to school, the weather is starting to cool off, seasonal restaurant hours are changing, and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is hitting the shelves. What some people don't realize is that your outdoor fun and enjoyment doesn't have to end at the Lake when summer does. John Elliott Interiors is the best design company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we are here to share style tips and design tricks to help you enjoy your outdoor space for longer. Keep reading to learn how!

Perform a Seasonal Makeover

Truly welcome the new season by switching out summery colors and patterns on your cushions and throw pillows for rich, warm fall shades. Quality indoor/outdoor fabrics, like the kind we offer at our luxury furniture store at the Lake of the Ozarks, can withstand the elements easily, but still look beautiful enough to belong indoors among your other home interiors. Add a few mums and pumpkins to finish the look and you've created a lovely fall escape that can take you through Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Make Warmth Part of Your Design

Once the sun sets, autumn weather can get pretty chilly, but not so much so that you need to head indoors if you make arrangements to stay warm. Firepits and outdoor fireplaces not only provide that warmth, but they are also great gathering spots for hanging out with friends, toasting marshmallows, telling stories, and making memories. If you are not able to add a permanent fireplace or firepit to your yard, there are portable options that do the same job nicely. You might also consider storing a few cozy throws or blankets outside to warm you up both in the evenings and on those mornings when you feel like enjoying your cup of coffee outside.

Bring in More Seating

The sheer beauty of summer turning into autumn will soon be all around us as the leaves change into a rainbow of glorious colors. You will be encouraged to spend more time outside enjoying the view if there is plenty of comfortable seating around your outdoor living space. If you have limited space, furniture that does "double-duty" is an excellent solution. Look for pieces that can have more than one purpose, like storage ottomans that also work as extra seating or can be used as a tabletop.

Add Lights for Ambiance

Sunset comes much earlier in the fall, so you will want to make sure that you have proper lighting for spending evenings outside. There are several options that help add to your style and functionality... Solar lights charge during the day and automatically come on at night, so you don't have to do a thing. String lights hung from a pergola make for a festive atmosphere. You can also find many portable lighting options that can be moved around easily to where you need them in the summer and then stored away for the winter.

Outdoor Dining

Summer is great for grilling and picnics, but autumn is perfect for bringing your indoor meals outside to dine alfresco. The early evenings are pleasantly cool, unlike extremely hot days in the summer, and there are fewer bugs to worry about. If you have a covered outdoor space, you might even consider bringing an indoor dining table and chairs outside this fall. This creates the perfect setting for throwing amazing fall dinner parties.

Exterior Design at the Lake 

John Elliott Interiors is known as the best interior designer at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we also excel at creating beautiful and functional outdoor designs that your guests will "Ooo" and "Ahh" over. Come visit out store to take a look at our high end outdoor furniture and to talk to a designer to get started on the space of your dreams! 

Let us help you create an interior for your life.

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049


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