There are two ways to handle the impending heat: leave New Orleans for a cooler locale or double down and embrace it. Summer's arrival usually ends any voluntary outdoor time, but in the spirit of accepting our city's most hot and humid season, we're making the time outside more enjoyable by freshening up our open-air spaces.

Hattie Collins of Hattie Sparks shared with Adore how she revives a backyard or front porch in just three easy steps. Below, her expert tips on creating an outdoor space you'll love just in time for summer!


1. Change out your backsplash tile to something vibrant and playful. If you focus on finding a tile that's less than $10/sf, it's an economical way to infuse your space with a fun new vibe! I love Mexican Talavera tiles for outdoor spaces and Zellige tiles for indoor.


2. Upgrade your poolside accessories. Invest in unbreakable glassware (my favorite shatterproof wine glasses are from Hilltop Shoppe) and colorful Turkish towels from Elysian by Em!


3. Make the leap and purchase new patio furniture, especially if your current situation is cracking or peeling. I love teak or coated wicker—a quality set should last you a while, and you can mix things up by adding in new pillows in a Sunbrella or weather resistant fabric each summer.