{friday finds: creating an outdoor living space}

Longing to add more usable living space to your current home? Wishing you had more room to entertain? Dreaming of an excuse to spend more time outside, enjoying the summertime weather? You don’t need to move to a new home or invest tons of money into your current home to make all of these things possible. Just take a look out your window and start seeing your backyard as an extension of your home…

DIYLife.com has 5 tips for transforming your backyard from a blank canvas into a beautiful outdoor living space.

1) Plan the space near your back door. You will be more likely to use it if you don’t have to traipse through the yard to get to it. It will also make it easier to carry food and drink outside to your guests.

Apartment Therapy

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{curb appeal}

You only get one chance to make a good first impression – and the same goes for  your house! Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, or you just want to do a little sprucing up, the curb appeal of your house is what makes that so very important first impression. If people don’t like what they see on the outside, chances are they will be less inclined to want to see what’s on the inside, and vice versa. So take a little time this spring to invest in the curb appeal of your house. Here are some tips to get you started.

Create beauty with symmetry: Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, but it is also simple to arrange. Light fixtures, potted plants and outdoor art work can all be easily arrange in a symmetrical fashion to accent your front door.

Better Homes and Gardens

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Give your home a facelift: Whether you need to replace some old hardware, install a new mailbox or give your entire house a fresh coat of paint, there are many ways to freshen up the exterior of your home. Mark Masica of Hirshfield’s shares some tips for choosing the right exterior paint color in parts one, two and three of this series on painting the outside of your home.

HGTV

HomeIdeas.com

Add architecture: Adding a cute fence or romantic archway can add instant curb appeal. Using these elements, you can define outdoor spaces and gardens to make them feel like an extension of your home.

Better Homes and Gardens

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If you have any questions about choosing the right paint color for your exterior paint project, or you just want some advice or more inspiration, stop in to your local Hirshfield’s!

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