Hey all, happy Friday, and welcome to anyone who caught my appearance on the Nate Berkus Show yesterday! I”m still on vacation, but promised a peek at our new patio. I’ve been working on the design for this space over the past few weeks, and I’m proud to announce this patio is one we now call our outdoor oasis! How about a quick tour?
You may recall how our patio looked a month ago, pretty lousy and void of any appeal, except for the nice view of our vines. We started this transformation by installing a new stone circular patio which leads to this concrete patio. We then turned our attention to this 13′ x 16′ long space to create a place to relax and entertain. It required an open plan with two entrances, and we didn’t want to obstruct the view from the kitchen window.
The design plan was to create an outdoor “room” protected from the sun with the feeling of an enclosed space, but still one that feels open and breezy. We shopped four retailers courtesy of the American Express Membership Rewards program: Home Depot, West Elm, Crate + Barrel, and Pottery Barn. I also threw in a few of my own finds so the space didn’t look completely ’out of a catalog’.
Here is the patio last month:
Come take a closer peek of the inside!
I ordered some new deep seat cushions online from Home Depot, and I’m digging the fact that they’re the same color as our house, an unexpected bonus when they arrived on our doorstep. Jute trim pillow covers from Pottery Barn.
Instead of the mosquito netting that comes with this 12′ x 12′ cabana from Home Depot, I hung off-white curtains instead. The “curtains” are cotton/linen flat sheets I found on clearance for $5 at a local outlet hemmed to the height of the cabana and hung with simple rings. Both the curtains and the cover come down in autumn when it rains, then I imagine the metal structure will look fantastic all lit up with a ton of twinkle lights.
The side tables are halves of wine barrels simply turned upside down. I found them at a local hardware store for $20, they make the perfect rustic end table and also fit the style of our yard. Lantern from Pottery Barn, square planter from Crate + Barrel.