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Create Your Own Outdoor Living Room

Summer is here and this the time of year when many people want to make full use of their garden spaces. And one of the best ways of doing this is by creating a living room environment in your garden. If this is an aim that you have yourself, this article will give you a few pointers about how exactly you can achieve this goal.

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Make the Space Accessible

Many people choose to put their outdoor living rooms nearby to their houses so that they are able to access the amenities that they need from indoors. Putting your outdoor living room next to your house also allows you to provide some shelter from the elements.

Keep the Layout Comfortable

Keep your outdoor living room a similar size to your indoor space – or even smaller if you would like. Even if your outdoor furniture is different from indoors, you still want it to be comfortable. Check out the Rattan and Lighting Company for some possible options. One of the great pleasures of an outdoor living room is the fact that you don’t have to make it appear too overcrowded with stuff. Plush textiles, cushions, blankets etc will help to provide the finishing touches to the space.

Give Plenty of Lighting Options

There will be times when you want to continue the party after the sun has already set. On these occasions, you should provide enough lighting to make sure that all your guests can still see each other comfortably! There are plenty of outdoor lighting options to choose from. And while you are shopping for them, you could also look into the hearing options which are available to you as well.

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Keep it Private

It is a lot harder to properly relax if you feel like the neighbours are going to poke their heads over the fence at any minute to see what is going on. There are a number of different ways that you can create an added privacy effect. Billowy curtains are a nice cost-effective and elegant option if you want to go down this path. Otherwise, you could consider investing in some screens, which are a moveable solution. If you have green fingers, you can shroud your living room in plants and flowers to shield your outdoor space from prying eyes.

Add a Focal Point

All good living rooms are supposed to have a focal point – and this is probably not going to be your big screen TV like it is indoors! Some of the favourite choices out there include fire pits, fireplaces, fish ponds, and water features. Otherwise, if you have a complete outdoor kitchen area as well, your focal point could be your cooker or grill.

Creating an outdoor living room will give you years of fun and memories – and you can always add extra features over time to make it even more special. Follow the strategic tips in this article to create the space that you are looking for.

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Unexpected Costs That Can Catch Out Wedding Guests! 💍💸

When we think of the cost of weddings, it’s usually the things that the bride and groom have to fork out for that spring to mind. From the venue to the dress, cake, photographer and much more, there’s no denying how much of an expensive day it is for them. However, as a wedding guest there are also significant costs to consider, and many of these aren’t always apparent right away. If you know you have a wedding (or a number of weddings!) to go to this year, don’t let these costs catch you out.

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Travel to the wedding and reception

If the happy couple are getting married a little further away from where you live, you have things like travel costs to consider. If you want to have a few drinks at the reception or if you don’t drive, you will need to look into other ways to get there. Public transport might be ok to get there, but as wedding receptions finish late you’d need to check if you can get back. Carpooling could be the answer if someone who lives close to you is also attending, that way you can split fuel costs too.

Your outfit

Attending a wedding is an opportunity to dress up nicely, and if you love clothes and fashion then this is always enjoyable. However buying a new outfit can be expensive, and if you don’t have that kind of cash to splash you’ll have to work out your options. Could you wear something you already own, or borrow an outfit from a loved one who’s a similar size to you? You could check out charity shops, you might get lucky and find something that’s perfect for a fraction of what you’d pay in the shops. If you want to buy new, check out discount codes from vouchercloud and other voucher websites to make savings. You could also go through your favourite cash back website to get a few pounds back on the purchase too.

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The wedding gift

It’s good etiquette to give the bride and groom a gift at the wedding. Some will provide guests with an Amazon wish-list and you can buy directly from there, if there are smaller items that fit your budget then you’re in luck. Otherwise, you could save money by making your own wedding gift, there are lots of ideas on Pinterest and makes for a personal present that won’t cost you the earth. When it comes to gift giving it really is the thought that counts, but you can make some great practical and beautiful pieces with the help of online articles.

Missing a day of work

Most weddings are at weekends which suits most people work wise- however if you work shifts or weekends then you’ll need to plan ahead. Perhaps you will need to swap a shift or even work some overtime so you’re able to attend the wedding without it affecting your earnings for the week. If you don’t get paid any holiday pay, or you have no holiday left then these are all things to consider.

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