It has taken me FOREVER to photograph and share this space because we’ve had the most rainy spring over here in Utah. It has been a record breaking season for rainfall and while I love and know we’ll need it later this summer, it really hindered my progress outside. In case you missed my long-term and short-term goals for the outdoor living areas, check those out here. Otherwise, I’m excited to share our backyard, patio, and outdoor living space as they look right now. Click through to take the tour!
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If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you probably remember the carport makeover? I loved our existing outdoor dining set so much and it has held up really well. Luckily, it fit our new outdoor dining space perfectly, so I didn’t see any need to replace it.
Isn’t it crazy how different something looks in a new space? It doesn’t even have the same look that it did at our previous home. Someday I’d like to add creeping plants to the pergola, permanent outdoor lighting, and maybe tile the space… but for now, my short-term goals are complete and I’m absolutely loving the way it turned out. I stuck to my budget and pulled it together!
Of course I had to install a window planter box and the kitchen window that opens to the outdoor dining space was the perfect place for one. We’ll have a new kitchen soon and I can’t wait to look outside at my flowers and the dining area while doing dishes.
Next to the outdoor dining space and pergola is the lounge area. Our concrete is curved with the landscape radius and no matter how I floor planned the area, rectangular sofa sectionals just weren’t working.
There were so many boxy shapes happening outside, I thought it would be fun to use a curved sectional instead. I’m so happy I stuck with my gut, because the flow is really nice and it seats a ton of people… and dogs.
I actually ordered two armless chairs to extend the seating area and the sectional pieces come with a free cover! The tan is standard and then you can choose an additional color. I opted for white because outdoor white fabric isn’t very scary since it’s super durable, but I like having the tan option too. You can’t go wrong with classic neutrals!
The fire pit is my new favorite thing! It’s so much easier than our previous wood burning option. I love the fact that it turns on with the twist of a knob, the flame & heat can be adjusted, and there is no mess or smell to deal with. I love a cozy fire! We’ve also been propping our feet up on it like an ottoman and since it’s made of stone, it’s very durable and I don’t have to worry about messing it up.
I popped a side table in between the two sofas and it covers the propane tank for the fire pit. Just be aware the tank won’t fit into this particular fire table since it’s low profile…. therefore, you’ll need a tank hiding side table.
We reallllly lucked out with this backyard. Having moved in December, we had no idea what the landscaping situation would look like once spring arrived. OMG, were we in for a surprise. Our landscaping is stunning! The viburnum is my absolute favorite. It’s such a lush and gorgeous landscape back here. Since we also live on the side of a mountain, our backyard is kind of sunken and feels incredibly private. We can’t see our neighbors at all thanks to the thick vegetation and boulder retaining wall.
The below image gives you a better idea of the sunken shape. The dogs love the boulder tiers and consider it their personal jungle gym. Ha! They’re constantly zooming around back here, messing up the mulch… but when they’re having THAT much fun, I can’t even be mad.
I also have to chat about my favorite outdoor bar cart. Isn’t it cute?! This comes in really handy for entertaining. We tested it out last weekend when hosting a barbecue.
I nestled the dog water next to the cart. We try to keep water bowls in each outdoor area for them. It gets so hot here during the summer! All of that to say, neither of them noticed my greyhound statue. I purely loved the way it looked and thought it just belonged out here. I figured Cash & Crosby would at least bark at it for a day or two… but to my surprise- it didn’t phase them.
Since I’ve been sharing so many sneak peeks behind-the-scenes, I’ve already had a bunch of requests for sources… I’m linking the Joss & Main items below, and you can always shop every other item (if you don’t see it here) using the SHOP MY HOUSE tab.
01: outdoor sconce // 02: white window flower box // 03: curved outdoor sofa // 04: armless outdoor chair // 05: round fire table // 06: outdoor bar cart // 07: greyhound statue // 08: footed planter // 09: monogrammed doormat // 10: navy outdoor rug
So there you have it! That’s the patio and outdoor living space in our backyard. I’d love to hear your thoughts. I really had fun with this one and put it together quickly so we could enjoy it this spring and summer. We’ve had it put together for two weeks and it’s getting a lot of use already!
Questions? What is your favorite area? I’m really loving the bar cart vignette and the outdoor lounge space. We packed a bunch of people onto the sofa last weekend around the fire and it was so much fun! Cheers to summer nights outside with friends & family.