Sunny Days Ahead! How-to Make the Most of your Outside Space

The weather is warming up and we are slowly but surely coming out of the latest stay-at-home order, which means that it’s time to utilize that backyard space [or any green space you have available] and start getting ready to host friends and family! Outdoor items, water toys, and other entertainment items are definitely must-haves to make the most of your space this summer and will be sure to impress all of your guests. Not to mention how pulled together the space will feel with all these essentials which I promise will make you want to be outside even more in your cute and cosy little space.

Outdoor Umbrellas

One of my favourite purchases of last season has been our big outdoor umbrella. It’s so nice to be able to have access to shade whenever I need a break from the sun. It’s also really handy for those times you want to sit outside and enjoy a thunderstorm! When it comes to variety there are tons to choose from but I definitely prefer the outdoor umbrellas that have a crank-handle to open and close, way more convenient.

1 | Veda Patio Umbrella – Green Sunbrella – California Umbrella – 108″ • California Umbrella • $269
2 | 10′ Graphite Sunbrella Square Cantilever Umbrella Canopy • Crate & Barrel • $429
3 | 10′ Sunbrella Charcoal Round Cantilever Umbrella • Crate & Barrel • $1,269
4 | Safavieh Milan Fringe 9 Crank Outdoor Umbrella • Safavieh • $156.99
5 | Safavieh Iris Fashion Line 7.5Ft Square Umbrella • Safavieh • $195
6 | California Umbrella 50Lb Umbrella Base • California Umbrella • $365

Also check out this 9 foot outdoor umbrella featuring a push button tilt as well as crank open and close, on Amazon for only $50! Comes in five different colours.

Here’s some cute umbrella bases:

Outdoor Tables

What’s an outside space without somewhere to congregate with your friends and family? These are some of the most aesthetically pleasing outdoor tables available on the market this summer. No matter what style or trend that you are recreating in your outdoor area one of these six tables will go perfectly!

The table that I currently have is really convenient because it came with a designated place to put in my umbrella [see pic 1] but that doesn’t mean you can’t find an umbrella that works with your table [see pic 2 + 3 under umbrellas] and is the size you want based one the size of your table.

1 | Fason Metal Dining Table Ophelia & Co. • Ophelia • $264.99
2 | Beaufort Dining Table Astoria Grand • BeauFort • $239.99
3 | Sia Dining Table – Gray • One Kings Lane • $3,240
4 | Palen Dining Table George Oliver Color: Tripula • $149.99
5 | Yogyakarta Dining Table South Sea Rattan Color: Whitewash • $274.99
6 | Cote d’Azur Round Dining Table – Natural/Taupe – Lane Venture • Lane Venture • $2,195

Outdoor Rugs

Personally I think that an outdoor rug is the cherry on top of your umbrella and table. It really pulls the space and furniture pieces together, gives it a sense of completion as well as comfort! The best part is that they are [usually] very reasonably priced, and are made to be outdoors so can withstand any damage due to weather. Patterns and colour choices are endless, but I’ve linked my top favourites for any of you with similar taste!

1 | Navarre Floral Handmade Tufted Multicolor Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug Bay Isle Home Rug Size: Rectangle 2′ x 3′ • $52.99
2 | Mcneely Distressed Vintage Diamond and Chevron Moroccan Trellis Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug Bungalow Rose Rug Size: Rectangle 8′ x 10′, Primary Color: Mul • Bungalow Rose • $68.99
3 | Power Loom Yellow/White Indoor/Outdoor Use Rug Trina Turk • Trina Turk • $185.99
4 | Sofia Gray/Blue Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug Nicole Miller Rug Size: Rectangle 5’3″ x 7’2″ • Nicole Miller • $87.99
5 | Mali Indoor/Outdoor Rug – Gray – DASH & ALBERT – 5’x8′ • Dash & Albert • $105
6 | Collazo Tribal Charcoal Striped Area Rug Bungalow Rose Rug Size: Rectangle 6’6″ x 9’4″ • Bungalow Rose • $39.99

*click here to shop the full round-up of outdoor rugs*

Grills & Grill Accessories

Anyone else just live for summer cook-outs? They are honestly one of my favourite parts of summer and I could probably eat food cooked on the barbecue for the rest of my life lol. This summer is the first that I’ve actually had my own barbecue and it’s been awesome learning all the best tasting recipes that are now regular staple meals. Cooking on the barbecue requires some grilling accessories to get those specific recipes just right, so I’ve linked the best for you below as well as a cute apron that is the most gorgeous colour for summer. Gotta’ look cute while you’re cookin’.

1 | Yukon Glory 1456 3-Piece Mini BBQ Basket Accessory Set; High-Quality Professional-Grade Perfect for Barbecues, use on Any Type of GrillGas, Charcoal or Electric; Warranty Included • On • $39.99
2 | Meridian 4 Propane BBQ Grill w 4 Burners, Cart and Side Tables • $799.99
3 | Blackstone Griddle Accessories Tool Kit • Blackstone • $29.99 ON SALE FOR $22.80
4 | DII Chino Chef Kitchen Apron, 32″x28″, 100% Cotton, Multiple Colors • $16.58 ON SALE FOR $9.94
5 | Yukon Glory 3-Piece Barbecue Accessory Set, Stainless Steel • $19.99
6 | Entertainer 3 Propane Grill w3 Burners Open Cart wTables Storage • $499.99

Pool Toys

Brighten up your pool with these fun floaties! I know you’ve seen some of these cute floaties all over Instagram and now you can grab one for yourself for super cheap! Or grab all of them and get your besties in the pool to snap those IG pics with you. I personally am totally digging the unicorn and pineapple floaties, partly because I am a unicorn and partly because I eat pineapple all summer long.

1 | SwimSchool& Unicorn Glitter Dual Chamber BabyBoat& Float • Pool’ • $14.99
2 | Poolmaster Slice O’Pizza Pool Float • Pool’ • $28.99
3 | Poolmaster Jumbo Swan Float • Pool’ • $38.99
4 | BigMouth Inc. Giant Pineapple Pool Float • Pool’ • Sold Out
5 | BigMouth Inc. Giant Pink Flamingo Pool Float • Pool’ • $22.49
6 | Poolmaster Popsicle Float • Pool’ • $26.99


What goes better with fun in the sun featuring cook-outs? DRAAAANKS. Get your hands on these stylish coolers to keep your beverages cold while still lookin’ cute. There’s basically a cooler that will correspond with any style and taste, with a range of prices and sizes.

1 | Twine Old Kentucky Home Hamme Ice Bucket • $146
2 | 3r Studio White Buckets, Set of 3 • $151
3 | Glaze Ice Bucket • Crate & Barrel • $59.95
4 | Swoop: Modern Ice Bucket • True • $24.75
5 | Bleecker Bar Party Bucket • Pottery Barn • $199
6 | Champagne Cooler • $99.99

Portable Speakers

Last but not least, you need a speaker to get the tunes flowing! I love portable speakers especially for using outdoors because you don’t have to worry about plugging it in [except to charge] therefore allowing you to move the speaker with you where ever you are in your space! I also love that they don’t take up a lot of room like some speaker systems do, yet most have really great sound. I’ve had a Beats Pill for a couple years now and I bring it everywhere because I love it so much!

1 | Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker – White • $179.95
2 | Brick Touch Speaker • $35
3 | Xoopar Yoyo Finger Bluetooth(R) Speaker • $30
4 | Marshall Kilburn Ii Portable Speaker • Marshall • $300
5 | Bang & Olufsen Beolit 17 Portable Bluetooth Speaker • $499
6 | Bang & Olufsen B & O Play A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker • $250

I hope that this post was able to inspire you to get your outside space put together and helped you pick out some decor items!

Are you ready for the nice weather? Do you have a cute outside space? Tag me in your IG posts I’d love to see your spaces!

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