I shared a few snippets here and there of our patio, then received a bunch of source questions. I figured it would be fun to photograph it again this year, especially since our viburnum is currently blooming, and update all of the source links for you guys. It looks very similar to last year, but there are a few styling differences you may notice. Click through to see our patio this year (I actually photographed it yesterday), and admire the beautiful blooming landscaping with me! I’m also spilling our future plans for the space.
I feel VERY lucky to have moved to a property with beautiful landscaping (our past two homes we had to completely start over). It definitely wasn’t by chance. We found out that the couple who built the home hired a landscape designer, which certainly shows! Here we are 30 years later enjoying the fruits of their labor and those beautiful mature viburnum (snowball bushes). It’s funny because we bought the house without knowing what the landscaping situation was like… in fact, we moved while everything was covered under a blanket of snow.
Our backyard loops around, has a steep bank (notice the boulder retaining wall), and the concrete pad is very curvy. It made sense to source an outdoor sectional that had a radius last year, to best fit the shape of the concrete. Eventually, we’d like to address the concrete altogether. Perhaps we stain or stamp it… maybe even tile on top of it? I’m not 100% sure how it will evolve, but I’d love to make it look less basic (and less dirty, thanks to dog paws). Texture is the goal when it comes time to renovate the backyard for real. At this point, we’ve really just tackled landscaping maintenance, leveling the yard, and installing sod. Of course furniture and styling goes a long way, too!
While we have big dreams for the backyard someday, it’s really wonderful and functional as is… we definitely don’t take it for granted. We spend a LOT of time out here grilling, eating, lounging, and entertaining. It was one of the very first spaces we pulled together after moving into this home, because we knew we wanted to start using it immediately.
The fire pit is probably my favorite feature in our lounge area. I could sit out here with a blanket in front of the warm fire for hours. This is where our best conversations happen! It just feels like summertime and instantly adds ambiance.
You know me… I like the little details, so I enjoy tossing throw pillows and blankets onto the outdoor sectional to cozy up with. Utah nights can be chilly, even in the spring & summer months, so these textiles are beautiful and functional.
Our outdoor dining area also sees a lot of use. After all, we don’t even have a dining set inside the house. Haha! Side note… I can’t wait to finish that space and see our vintage dining set in our home for the first time (soon, I hope)! All of that to say- we eat out here often because it’s our one and only dining table at this point.
The bar cart is another piece of furniture that sees a lot of action on our patio. It’s perfect for casual family dinner or big backyard parties. We also keep a water bowl outside for the doggos. Yes- I made Cash pose like this for me. Doesn’t he look stoic? He received a lot of treats for this one.
Can anyone tell me what the flowering white plant is behind our dining table in the image below? I’d love to plant another one and I’m having trouble figuring out what it is. it’s one of my favorites alongside the viburnum!
I absolutely love filling our patio with plants! Of course my window box is beginning to take off and trail down the sides, which is making me very happy. My succulent arrangements are also growing larger each day.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- our backyard and patio is a source of light for me. I’d rather spend my time outdoors than inside, and this has truly become a place for me to relax & recharge. It’s hard to believe this will be our second summer enjoying this space! With everything going on, my plan is to spend as much time out here as I possibly can this year. I’m sure you already guessed that, given multiple recent outdoor projects seen here on the blog. Ha!
Click directly on the items to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop.
01: patio heater // 02: cotton throw // 03: window planter box // 04: curved outdoor sectional (there are different colors, shapes, and configurations!) // 05: outdoor armless chair // 06: gas fire pit // 07: urn table vase // 08: pillow with fringe // 09: concrete fluted planter // 10: outdoor serving cart // 11: stone dog statue // 12: monogrammed doormat // 13: ruffle edge bowl // 14: console basket // 15: outdoor lantern // 16: gray sunbrella pillow // 17: patterned pillow // 18: salt & pepper grinders // 19: glass lantern // 20: provence outdoor dining table // 21: woven dining chairs // 22: outdoor area rug // *not pictured: citronella votive candles
I searched the web high and low sourcing products. Since I completed this space last year, there are a few things that have been sold out or since discontinued. I’ll continue to keep an eye on them to see if they come back in stock, but for now… this is the most up-to-date source guide for our backyard! Hopefully it’s helpful for those of you inquiring. Also… my friend Kyla pulled together a big roundup of trending patio and garden decor, if you’re interested in more.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below. Lots of you have asked how things are wearing, the outdoor furniture we use most often, and how I keep our outdoor items clean. I’m happy to chat about alllllll the things in the comment section! I hope you’re all having a great week.