Experts share tips to make outdoor spaces feel like home

sit on it. Sure, kids can sit with adults on outdoor seating, but it’s also great if they have their own space too. Therefore, rooms and meals offers the Crest swivel chair, perfect for small or large spaces; available in over 40 colors and styles including tweed, velvet and a fabric weave; and offers a 360-degree view, which is a win for kids who want to see what’s going on in all directions at all times. Although the chair is designed for children, it’s big enough to hold an adult, so buying a pair means nobody has to share. $849-$949. roomandboard.com.

Stay tuned. Chairs and lounge furniture become more comfortable by complementing them with plush outdoor chair pads IKEA. Styles like Kuddarna, which come in gray or beige, feature stylish tufts and ties to keep the napkin in place. In addition, the cushion can be used on both sides, so people can sit for a while when lounging or working from home. $12.99. 441 16th St. NW, Atlanta. 888-888-4532, ikea.com.

The BBQ Party. Spring and summer are ideal for alfresco dining, and the Dyna-Glo five-burner propane grill is great for searing, smoking and grilling in larger spaces. Features include a side burner, a primary cooking cavity large enough to hold up to 23 burger patties, a built-in thermometer and spice rack, and wheels for transporting the grill. If the cookout is in a smaller space like a balcony, opt for a compact smoker that can cook a variety of foods at once and has a detachable center section that converts the smoker into a portable grill. Both are available at home depot. Large Grill, $279; small, $84.74. homedepot.com.

Have a can of air extinguishing spray on hand to put out any unexpected flames. Courtesy of First Alert

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Have a can of air extinguishing spray on hand to put out any unexpected flames. Courtesy of First Alert

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Safety first. When things get too hot, fight household fires with a First alarm EZ Aerosol Fire Extinguisher. The non-toxic foam is safe to use outdoors when things like grilling, smoking or candle burning go wrong. Available at goal. $10.69. target.com.

Candles set the mood for al fresco dining, offering an inviting scent and creating a relaxing environment. Courtesy of Air and Anchor

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Candles set the mood for al fresco dining, offering an inviting scent and creating a relaxing environment.  Courtesy of Air and Anchor

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Candles set the mood for al fresco dining, offering an inviting scent and creating a relaxing environment. Courtesy of Air and Anchor

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Fragrant smells. Complete an outdoor oasis with a pair of candles from air and anchor. With notes of Egyptian amber and jasmine, the air candle evokes a relaxing atmosphere where you can kick off your shoes. The Anchor Candle smells like home with inviting notes of mahogany teak, leather and patchouli. Both are housed in stoneware clay that can be reused. Each candle burns for up to 50 hours, setting the tone for quiet nights on the porch or balcony for several weeks. $66 for the couple; $34 each. airandanchor.com.

Lush greenery. According to Sirna, “Biophilic designs such as privacy plants, including potted plants or hanging planters, create seclusion and breathe life into a balcony.” For large balconies, opt for tall planters that double as decoration and provide privacy; Small balconies are better served with hanging planters, box planters, and vertical gardens that are great for growing plants and produce. Visit pike nurseries for a selection of low-maintenance planting options and DIY tips like gardening advice, homegrown recipes and more. Prices vary. Multiple locations in Metro Atlanta. piknursery.com.

Rugs are an easy way to decorate outdoor spaces. Courtesy of Kevin Francis Design

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Rugs are an easy way to decorate outdoor spaces.  Courtesy of Kevin Francis Design

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Rugs are an easy way to decorate outdoor spaces. Courtesy of Kevin Francis Design

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Cover up. Rugs are an easy way to make outdoor spaces homey, like an extension of the indoor home. Atlanta-based home decor and interior design studio Kevin Francis Design offers a hand-tufted labyrinth pattern rug in a variety of colors and sizes, ideal as an accessory and a place to walk barefoot, practice yoga or relax during free time. picnics at home. Prices start at $158. kevinfrancisdesign.com.

light it up Brighten up the evenings with weather-resistant outdoor string lights. The 16 foot long 50 bulb battery operated clear Hampton Bay Fairy Lights can be used to decorate a railing, tree, table, mason jar or create a custom display that needs to be highlighted. It is also great for creating a calm or romantic atmosphere. The lights are safe for indoor use, so bring in the festive spirit during the winter months. Available at Home Depot. $9.97. homedepot.com.

twice. “Any outdoor space—from an apartment balcony to an expansive garden—can add both style and function with a table that doubles as storage,” says Sirna. The Romford metal coffee table Wayfair is weather resistant and offers hidden storage roomy enough for pillows, books, games and more. The table top consists of a sturdy aluminum frame complemented by a synthetic resin wicker basket. It comes fully assembled so it’s ready to use for dining, work or storage. $669.66. wayfair.com.

Entertain and exercise with a low profile trampoline perfect for kids and adults up to 352 pounds. Courtesy of Sawyer Twain

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Entertain and exercise with a low profile trampoline perfect for kids and adults up to 352 pounds.  Courtesy of Sawyer Twain

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Entertain and exercise with a low profile trampoline perfect for kids and adults up to 352 pounds. Courtesy of Sawyer Twain

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jumping around. A flat 14 foot inground trampoline from Avyna offers easy on and off for the whole family as it is close to the ground and without a net. Available at Sawyer Twain, this trampoline offers a fun activity but also serves as a fitness tool for adults who want to exercise outdoors. $1,795. sawyertwain.com.

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