As a native, I know why outdoor rooms are so critical to enjoying life here. After all the cloud cover burns off, and you have a totally amazing Sunny afternoon, the first thing many of us think is where can I catch a little sunshine. Cafes with patios & decks around town offer great options, yet putting a little “oomph” into your own backyard will reap rewarding times for you again and again. What’s involved? Not all that much. I helped set up the deck arrangement here on a home now enjoyed by friends of mine in Blue Ridge, and we incorporated a couple of teak recliners with pillows, a typical white garden umbrella and a few pots with seasonal plantings. They worked well together and created an invitation to grab a good paperback and sit right down. If you have a spot in your garden that lends itself to this, now is the perfect time to bring in outdoor furniture and accessories that you’ll likely enjoy through September. Add to that a little something on the BBQ, perhaps some background music, and you just created your new favorite room. Do buyers love this sort of thing? All day long! For more tips on how to create inviting homes, visit my real estate blog at www.liztalley.com.