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Top 5 Ways to Make Your Patio the Centerpiece of Your Home

You don't need acres and acres of land to create a blissful oasis in which to enjoy outdoor meals and drinks, relaxing evenings watching the sunset and entertaining friends and family on warm summer nights. Whether your personal decorating tastes are country, classic, modern, boho chic or something in between, adding a few decorative touches to your patio can help to make it the focal point and chief gathering space of your home.

Even if you already know what you like and have specific ideas for decorations, lighting and patio furniture, creating a mood board is a great way to get organized and bring your ideas together around a cohesive theme. With its year round warm temperatures, St. Augustine is the perfect place for patio living and entertaining!

1. Make a Statement with Plants

An outdoor patio garden with your favorite seasonal plants and flowers does double duty when it comes to decorating. Start with the actual plants and flowers, and then add decorative planters and vases to give the space an additional pop of color or texture.

2. Set the Mood with Lighting

Whether you prefer fairy lights, ambient candles or faux tiki torch lamps, lighting is an important element of any space, even outdoors.

3. Rug it Out

Nothing brings a space together quite like a good area rug. If your tastes range on the minimalist side, a rug is the perfect accent piece to create a sense of coziness and add a little more depth to your space, without going overboard on the rest of the decorations.

4. Pillows Talk

A great patio space is one that is comfortable and inviting, whether you're just enjoying a pre-dinner glass of wine or hosting a book club. Decorative pillows are the perfect way to infuse some style and personality while bringing a little bit of the indoors outside.

5. Dedicated Tableware

Maybe you were out shopping and couldn't help but notice a set of dishes or wine glasses that didn't necessarily match your kitchen or dining room decor, but you just couldn't take your eyes (or mind) off of them all the same! They might be right at home in your patio space! Keeping a special set of glasses and dishes just for dining and entertaining on your patio can make the experience feel more like a special occasion, whether on a Tuesday evening or a Saturday afternoon.

Contact us for more information on luxury condominium living at La Fontana at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL.

Shining A Light on History

La Fontana is an ideal home base for people who are looking for a luxury, low-maintenance condominium community. While La Fontana features outstanding comforts and amenities, a major part of its appeal lies in its location in the midst of historic landmarks, beaches, nature preserves and much more.

A case in point: If visiting historical lighthouses is on your must-do list, you’re in for a treat! From your beautiful La Fontana condominium community, you’re within range of historic lighthouses that have helped guide navigators for more than a century. Florida has 29 such landmarks, some still active, along its 1,800-mile coastline.

Four lighthouses, some still operational, are nearby:

St. Augustine - The St. Augustine lighthouse is a dramatic sight with its spiral black and white stripes and red lantern. Built in 1871, it is still in operation and has undergone restoration as recently as 2000. You can climb the lighthouse tower as well as visit its museum, playground and gift shop.

Mayport  - Less than an hour’s drive north of La Fontana, you will find the Mayport Lighthouse in Atlantic Beach, near Jacksonville. This unusually shaped lighthouse is located on the grounds of the Mayport Naval Station. Still an active lighthouse, it is operated by the U.S. Navy. When you visit, you can view the tower and check out the keeper’s dwelling, but climbing the tower is off limits.

St. Johns River – While in Mayport and on the grounds of the Mayport Naval Station, you’re sure to spot the St. Johns River lighthouse. Its red conical tower is made of brick with a distinctive white lantern. The lighthouse is no longer operational. It dates from 1858 but was deactivated in 1929.

Amelia Island - If you’re looking for a wonderful day trip, a visit to Amelia Island is a good choice. While there, you can visit the grounds of Amelia’s lighthouse where it rises in all its 64-foot glory out of its surrounding tree-filled landscape. Take time to explore the grounds and enjoy the shade. The lighthouse tower itself is operational but not open to visitors. And be sure to visit nearby Main Beach Park, with its sand dunes,  boardwalk and public sports and recreation facilities.

No matter what your interests, living at La Fontana means you’re in a great location to explore and enjoy the many attractions Northeast Florida offers!