interiors & styling

Patio Reveal

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With the official start of summer right around the corner, I could not think of a better time to share our patio makeover with you. The first time we walked through our house, I fell in love with this space. I envisioned string lights between the house and the detached garage and I was sold. This spring we put the inside of the house on hold and focused completely on the patio. We wanted to create a beautiful outdoor living area to enjoy during the summer months – a place to entertain family and friends. In case you missed it earlier this spring, you can see our initial plans and inspiration for this space here.

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Since the patio gets so much sunlight throughout the day, I wanted to create two separate spaces – a lounging area and a dining area. Doing this was a bit of a challenge since the space is not huge, but it works. The chaise lounger is the perfect place to sun bathe or relax and enjoy a glass of wine while reading a magazine. I love this turkish towel for covering up on cool summer nights.

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The brick oven was one of the biggest projects. Before, they were the same rusty red color you see in the flooring. I knew we weren’t going to use the brick oven as it was intended, so I decided to do something fun with it. I painted it to break up the color that was used throughout the rest of the space. By painting it white, it became a focal point of the patio. I painted the top black for contrast, then added some round logs, lanterns, and plants to fill the rest of the space. The top doubles as a great sideboard when serving food as well!

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The fire pit is a great entertaining feature; guests can pull up a chair or sit on one of the floor ottomans and roast a smore.

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There is just something about dining outdoors that I love! Maybe it’s the fact that we live in the midwest and only have that opportunity a few months each year. The table selected can be easily converted to provide additional seating for larger parties if needed. We have already hosted a few get togethers and are taking full advantage of cookout season this year!

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Next year, we may add an outdoor rug to cover some of the damaged bricks on the patio. Or as my husband would prefer, redo the bricks all together. That sounds like a big project we may tackle down the road!

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There you have it – the patio is officially our new favorite outdoor living space and we are happy spending as much time as possible outside this summer.

Sources: table and chairs / umbrellachaise lounger / cushions / kilim pillow / turkish towel / side table / fire pit / white lanternshanging planter / string lights / coasters

*This space was styled & photographed by Jacqueline & Sarah, for Room for Tuesday blog.

10 Comments

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    Beth Erickson
    June 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    The patio is fabulous. I love all the special touches and string lights are a favorite of mine as well.

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    shavonda
    July 3, 2015 at 4:48 am

    So So gorgeous!! Love it!

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    This and That | Week 147 | Two Peas & Their Pod
    July 16, 2015 at 7:10 am

    […] Love this patio […]

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    Oksana | FOXYOXIE.com
    February 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I am so giddy with excitement at having discovered Room for Tuesday – all thanks to a photo of Sarah’s dining room that I came across on Pinterest last night while on a desperate search for tubular chair reupholstering tutorials. You ladies are amazing and oh-so-talented, and I cannot wait to read every single article, because everything I’ve seen so far has been very inspirational.

    My husband and I are currently renovating a 1930 bungalow down in TN. It was previously abandoned for 20 years, so it has been a long process. I wish we lived closer; I would’ve loved to meet for a cup of coffee and to pick your brain on all things decor!

    XO, Oksana from FOXYOXIE.com

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      Sarah
      February 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Ahhh :) Thanks SO much, Oksana!! I’m happy I could provide you with inspiration. I love our little bungalow and I have no doubt that yours will turn out amazing. Yes, too bad you’re not a bit closer!! Keep us updated. xoxo

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    Brittany Thurman
    April 27, 2016 at 12:42 am

    We’re considering this table and chairs. How are they holding up?? Thanks!!

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      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      I’ll let Jacqueline respond to this one, but I know she puts them away for the fall and winter and she just got them back out last weekend. From what I know, they look really good!

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      Jacqueline Brown
      April 27, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Hi Brittany! We have only had the set for one year, so it’s hard to say how it will hold up long term. We used the set outside for about 4-5 months last spring and summer and overall it looks pretty good. The only thing I will say I have noticed this year is some fading…the wood does not seem as dark, but that will happen to a wood set when it sits out in the sun over time. We loved this set because it gave us a great space to entertain outside on a budget. So far we have been very happy! xo, Jacqueline

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