Ideas for Extending Your Porch and Patio Seasons

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1. Leave the Leaves
Yes, eventually you’ll want to rake them, pile them up and put them to use, but what a beautiful carpet they make when they drop. Enjoy them while they’re crisp and dry; that crunch underfoot can be satisfying.
Conrad Brothers Construction
2. Warm Up With Tea
Throw on an extra layer or two, make sure you’re wearing wool socks and head outside to enjoy your afternoon tea. The brisk air will invigorate you while the soothing tea will warm you up.
The Collins Group/JDP Design
3. Decorate Overhead
A branch chandelier already has a nice fall feel, but adding colorful vines and branches to it gives it an even more welcoming and autumnal look. Take some clippings from your yard, or invest in some faux foliage for a display that will last longer.
Don’t have a branch chandelier? Try hanging some branches from the rafters with eye hooks and fishing wire.
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4. Extend Potting Bench Season
Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean you have to give up your potting station activities. At your potting bench you can prep plants for overwintering, organize your bulbs for fall plantings and arrange clippings like branches and vines for container plantings and centerpieces.
DawnElise Interiors
5. Light a Fire
Consider adding an outdoor fireplace, fire pit or chiminea to keep you and your loved ones cozy outside. Opt for a smoke-free fire in order to reduce air pollution from wood smoke.
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6. ‘Hygge’ It Up
Denmark is known for hygge (pronounced “huu-ga,” as in “huge”), a lifestyle philosophy that embraces coziness and enjoying simple pleasures. The concept has been spreading around the world lately. Warm throw blankets and sheepskins keep this Gothenburg, Sweden, balcony cozy on chilly afternoons.
Walker Babka Architecture
This three-season room on Martha’s Vineyard is fitted with screen panels that can be replaced with glass when the weather cools. Wool plaid blankets and sheepskins transform summery Adirondack chairs into snug seating for cool nights and the off-season.
7. Add Fall Color
Throw pillows and blankets inspired by the colors of autumn leaves will feel right in season.
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8. Enjoy an Alfresco Lunch
It may be too chilly to have outdoor dinners, but on a sunny day the temperature can be just right for serving lunch in the open air. Just make sure to give your guests the heads-up so they can dress appropriately, and you should have a few extra wraps and blankets ready if needed.
Highmark Builders
Tell us: How do you extend the time you spend in your outdoor rooms? What are your tricks for staying cozy in cooler weather? What do you enjoy most about your porch or patio on chilly days and nights? Please share with us in the Comments, and please include a photo!
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