8 Easy Ways to Make Your Patio a Private Paradise

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Relaxing on your patio is a great way to get out and enjoy the sunshine this spring and upcoming summer! While you may pass the time chatting with friends around the table, lounging in a hammock, or reading a book in your favorite chair, you could feel as if you are exposed to your neighbors and passers-by, which can take away from the comfort you seek.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can give yourself some privacy tastefully and inexpensively. Check out our 8 tips here!

Outdoor Privacy Curtains – You can treat your patio as an extension of your home and obtain the serenity you seek by investing in a few privacy curtains made out of outdoor fabric. You can also create DIY drop cloth curtains by spray-painting a few drop cloths in a unique pattern, giving you privacy and shade in style!

Lattice Panels – Lattice isn’t just lovely to look at – it’s also very versatile for nearly any space! Use a traditional white piece of lattice, spray paint it to reflect your personality, or grow some trailing vines to add a bit of nature to the panels.

Fast-Growing Privacy Plants – Although you will need to wait to enjoy your living privacy screen, plants are an attractive solution to giving your deck or patio some solitude. We recommend tall, bushy plants for the greatest amount of privacy from evergreen trees and oleander to Italian cypress and gold cone.

Outdoor Privacy Screens – A privacy screen or two can be a real asset to your patio. They look great and can be moved around to any location that you’d like! You can purchase one in just about any material you’d like, or you can make your own with old shutters, doors, or other materials.

Bamboo Plants – Bring some exotic charm to your patio with some bamboo! This plant can create a fabulous, tall, dense, and natural privacy screen to the outdoors. It’s especially handy in areas of the yard that has high exposure from the road or close proximity to neighbors.

Tall Garden Pots – For an immediate yet still natural solution to your privacy problem, we suggest placing some tall garden pots in strategic spots on your patio. Plant your favorite plants, flowers, or shrubs in these pots, and place the pots close together to create an eye-catching privacy wall wherever you need it!

Pop-Up Gazebo – Don’t want to spend a lot of money on creating your own gazebo to relax in? Invest in a pop-up canvas gazebo! They’re easy to set up, give you four walls of privacy, and can be moved easily into storage once whenever you choose!

Fountains – We’ve talked a lot about visual privacy, but what about auditory privacy? Sometimes, you just don’t want to hear your neighbors chatting or the cars driving by. If that’s the case, a fountain can help solve that problem! Not only can it help mask the noise you may hear (or the noise others could hear from your yard), but it can also add a lovely element to your curb appeal. Find a small plug-in fountain to place on your table, or go bigger with a multi-tiered fountain near your patio!

Is it a dream of yours to own a house that features a patio or a deck? The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help make that dream a reality! Give us a call today at either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or check out our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com.

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4 Fresh Spring Decorating Trends Your Home Is Begging for This Year

16841996946_04187a2427_bIt’s March, which means that spring will be upon us very soon! As the weather warms up, you’ll probably get the itch to put away those heavy throw blankets and winter decorations in favor of items that speak to the season of renewed life. Spring is a wonderful time to decorate because there are countless possibilities to help you bring the feeling of the season indoors.

Here are 4 of our favorite decorating trends for this spring. Try one (or more!) out in your home!

Pastel Romance – Love is in the air this spring, so welcome it in your home with plenty of pretty pastels! We’re seeing a lot of lavenders, soft pinks, and light greens this season, and we just love it! Combine these colors with a crisp white or a bold neutral to create a bright and cheery space.

Hello, Yellow – Yellow is really in this season, and we can’t get enough! Bring in the sunshine with yellow accents, throw pillows, or wallpaper. You can also drape a buttery yellow throw over your favorite armchair or breathe life into your mantelpiece with yellow flowers like daffodils! Pair yellow with pretty much anything – grays, blues of all shades, lavender – really, just about anything goes!

Welcome to the Jungle – For a different take on the spring season, go for a deeper, richer pop of color with dark shades of green! From a bold splash of color as an accent wall in your study to small pops in décor items, this wonderful color will bring a new, vigorous depth into your home.

Springtime Blossoms – What says “spring” more than flowers? Don’t be afraid to bring flowers – real, fake, or a bit of both – into your home this year. You can keep freshly-cut blossoms in a vase in your living areas, place fake flowers inside decorative rain boots by the front door, or admire a bunch inside a few cute mason jars!

How will you decorate for spring this year? Take photos of what you’ve done in your home and share them with us – we love hearing from you! Happy spring!