Bringing the Indoors Out

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If you love to entertain or spend lots of time outdoors, having your outdoor space feel like an extension of the inside of your home will make your time outside all the more enjoyable and comfortable.

Look in any shelter magazine or check out your favorite blogger’s site and you’ll find an array of articles about bringing the outdoors-in. I’m here to share 3 ways to bring the indoors-out.


1. Use furniture and accessories that could be used both indoors and out, when needed.

Chairs, like light-weight metals chairs, can be easily moved from the inside to the outside of the home as needed. Some are also durable enough to leave outside, but stylish enough to bring indoors for dining and extra seating. Other dual-use pieces are acrylic chairs and nesting tables, garden stools, lanterns, and pillows.

(Photo via Terracotta Properties)

(Photo via Terra Firma Design)

2. Install floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open up completely to the outdoors. 

These doors provide lots of natural light and an uninhibited view of the outdoors. They’re also really convenient for moving in and out of the home when hosting guests.

(Photo via Vinci Hamp Architects)

(Photo via Grounded)

3. Make it cozy! 

Another way to bring the indoors-out, is to make your outdoor space as cozy as possible. Install an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, pile on soft pillows on an outdoor sofa, use fur throws, and have a place outside where you, your family, and guest, can sit drinks, snacks, and books.

(Photo via Lindsey Hene Interiors)

(Photo via Design Elements)

(Photo via Platinum Series Homes)

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Whitney is an Interior Designer and Stylist that loves coming up with creative solutions for small spaces. Living in New Orleans, she’s inspired daily by the colorful art, culture, and music scene of a city she’s been blessed to have grown up in. Her design style is eclectic, bold, and glamorous, blending in the unexpected while being true to her client’s inner style. When she’s not designing spaces, she’s planning her Spring wedding, blogging, making pillows for her Etsy shop, or getting lost in one her favorite books.