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5 Tips for Getting Your Space Ready for Spring

The six extra weeks of winter confirmed by our little groundhog friend Punxsutawney Phil gave us a little more time to get ready for spring, but the season is still coming in quickly. Getting ready for the season ahead usually means getting our outdoor spaces ready so we can maximize our time outside when the weather is (finally!) on our side.

When it comes to outdoor furniture especially, there are so many options that it can be hard to decide which direction to go in. I thought I would give you some questions to ask yourself about planning your outdoor spaces this year. My team and I put a lot of thought into answering these when we design, and hopefully that perspective will help you really take your space from being just aesthetically pleasing to becoming your favorite happy place in your home.

Farmhouse Lounge Chair from Bend Goods

1. Make sure your patio has a focal point.

We all have different ideas of what makes a well-designed patio. For me, a lot of the time it’s plant life. There is nothing like a perfectly landscaped garden of any kind. When I started working with different materials developing what is now Bend Goods, I chose wire because I loved the look, but I also loved the way that it enhanced the space and didn’t completely take it over. I love the way that wire furniture can almost be visually transparent. Especially when you are designing for small spaces, that visual concept can make your space feel double the size and much brighter in most cases.

Photo by Slim Aarons

2. Add a bit of personal nostalgia.

When I left my corporate job to pursue independent furniture design, having a nostalgic quality in my designs was very important to me. Still today, there is nothing like seeing photos from the cocktail parties of the 50s, 60s and 70s in Palm Springs, California. There is an energy that lives through that time that I have always tried to recreate. With any space, but especially outdoor, think about what you loved growing up. What had your parents or even grandparents done that made you dream and feel the magic that they had created? I feel as children we pay a lot of attention to details and remembering those details are what causes nostalgia. Try and tap into those memories when thinking about your outdoor space.

Photo courtesy of Workshop Kitchen

3. Ensure your space feels permanent and comfortable.

In today’s fast-paced world, we are constantly being inspired by what’s new and different. Most of the time that is in the hopes of selling us something. It’s important to me that we are making spaces that feel permanent and comfortable. This kind of leads back to nostalgia as well. I loved my grandparents’ garden because I always knew what I was getting. It wasn’t an ever-revolving design with new furniture all the time. It was the perfectly grown and maintained garden and that patio set that they still have today. It’s taking care of and having pride for what you have so that it will last forever. That new concept has really created comfort in what we have today.

Plant Stand by Bend Goods

4. Choose your plant life wisely.

Having just lived through a couple years of major drought in Southern California, I think this concept has just been hammered into my head. I also agree with it pretty wholeheartedly though. For the most part, we all love where we live and have chosen to live here for various factors such as the climate. Doing some research to find plants that will give you the right look with the durability that can stand up to the weather is important. It gives you peace of mind when you are watching your garden flourish and not battling to keep it alive. It’s also good on the pocket book when you are not having to over-water or constantly replace dying foliage.

Lucy Stacking Chair from Bend Goods

5. Make a seamless flow from indoors to out. 

Living in Southern California, our lives are indoor/outdoor for upwards of 10 months out of the year. Having a style that easily flows from inside your home to your outdoor spaces creates a flow that can be felt both by you and your guests. That doesn’t mean that you have to pick one style and stick to it, but try and have some accent colors that are shared. Put some of those plants that you can’t live without but that aren’t hardy enough for your climate inside so that life is throughout. If your space is a little smaller, buy furniture with finishes that can be used inside as well as out. The powder-coated options from Bend Goods are great for a small dining room that seats four, but can be made to seat six. Keep the other two chairs on the patio ready for extra seating inside at a moment’s notice.

Gaurav Nanda

Gaurav Nanda

Gaurav Nanda is the founder and creative director of Bend Goods, a Los Angeles based design and manufacturing company. Bend makes functional products for the home and public spaces with a commitment to being innovative and playful.

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