After completing my herb garden centerpiece, the area to the left of my outdoor seating area was looking a little bare. (Tutorial on my outdoor painted rug can be found here.)
The obvious solution, since I love having plenty of plants around this time of year, was to get some planters and plants to fill the void. But instead of just running off to my go-to home improvement store and seeing what they had, I uploaded a photo of my deck and virtually added planters and plants!
I used Southern Patio’s Living Space Designer to select from a wide range of their planter offerings. They even have some flowers and plants to choose from to add to your pots! (This post is sponsored by Southern Patio. All opinions are 100% my own.)
It’s so nice to be able to “see” what my deck could look like before I put time and money into it. So, I tried out a few different arrangements.
Then I tried out a lighter-colored planter scenario.
Before I uploaded my image into the Designer, I created an account. That way I could save my creations once I was satisfied with how they looked. Then I had to resize the image of my deck I was planning to use.
The maximum size is 1800 x 1200 pixels. I normally use Photoshop to resize photos. But there are also some free photo editors online like pixlr.com and picmonkey.com, if you don’t already own a version of Photoshop.
If you don’t have an image of your outdoor living space, you can also select from many different garden scenes already uploaded in the Designer.
Once you like the planters you’ve selected in the Designer, you can scroll down and see your shopping list.
It really reminds me of when my sisters and I would play The Sims on our old PC. Selecting items and putting them in the houses we built. Only a little more real life.
So if you’re feeling nostalgic for childhood video games, here’s your chance for some virtual fun that can also help you plan out your outdoor living area! Which of my planter scenarios is your favorite? Be sure to comment below and let me know!
Thanks for Checking In! ~ Chelsea
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