With summer upon us, HGTV Designer, Sabrina Soto stopped by to share tips on creating the perfect outdoor space without breaking the bank!
Sabrina Soto – Facebook.com
Candace Rose: What are the first steps we need to take to create a beautiful outdoor space and what items do we need?
Sabrina Soto: "Well, first you should start with your furniture pieces and I always tell people to invest in high quality furniture in the outdoor space because it's going to last you a lot longer. This piece (shown below is Smith & Hawken. It's made with grade A teak and the cushions are made to be mildew and UV resistant."
Screen shot of Sabrina Soto with her favorite items for outdoor spaces! Available at Target.com
CR: What are some common design dilemmas when decorating outdoors?
SS: "Well, I think people forget about lighting. They think about barbecues during the day but they don't realize that guests usually stay at night time. So it could be something as easy as putting up some string lights, using lanterns, even putting up lights inside your umbrellas. I love these lanterns (shown below) because they're solar powered and they're only $12.99."
Screen shot Red Lantern – Available at Target.com
CR: Do you have any suggestions on creating privacy from neighbors when entertaining outdoors?
SS: "Well, if you don't have a fence, then you can line up planters and have several different size trees and shrubs- that way you can differentiate your space from your neighbors but then you also add more greenery to your backyard."
Screen shot of potted plants and lanterns available at Target.com
CR: How do we craft a stylish and welcoming tablescape for kids and adults?
SS: "Well, I think if you are having a dinner party inside you would set the table. You can do the same thing outside, especially now there are so many different options with the Mellamine plates in different colors, patterns, even the cups have gorgeous floral patterns on them. So don't be afraid to mix and match, it makes a really beautiful tablescape and makes everyone want to come to your house for a barbecue."
Screen shot of Mellamine plates, cups in floral patterns available at Target
Screen shot: Tablescape with plant as centerpiece available at Target
Screen shot – Festive Tablescape available at Target
CR: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?
SS: "Well, even if you're creating a centerpiece you can keep it simple with potted plants and flowers; even using zinc lanterns with flameless candles. It's about creating a really inviting beautiful ambience on any summer night. And if you need more inspiration you can either visit your local Target or go to Target.com."