In my years of blogging, I have met lots of friends and lots of talented designers, but this week some of my kindred peeps are sharing their eclectic summer home tours! This group of gals all have a gift for pattern mixing and color and plain ol’ creativity… Tune in all week to see how everyone gets their fun homes ready for the season!
I’m going to be up front and go on record that mine isn’t so much a spring ‘home tour’ as it is a reveal of a few spring related projects around here! Believe it or not, I’m not actually one to decorate the house from season to season… Halloween, sher. Christmas, definitely… but spring usually means sprucing up the OUTDOOR spaces and not so much the interior.
The thought of putting together a full house tour a few weeks after the One Room Challenge and a few weeks after my trip to L.A. was not appealing UNTIL… I got my hyperactive brain onto the challenge of pulling together our back patio. Which looked like this. Ugh.
I shared on Bottletalk that what I would like the MOST is $10,000 to put towards a new patio, and matching patio furniture but… shocker… my budget is a *little* less than that. So I tried to work with what I suspect MANY of us are dealing with… random mismatched furniture across the board. (Bonus points if you have an unpainted shed and an unfinished barn to help clutter up your pictures.)
The space started with a set of teak furniture, another set of all-weather wicker dining chairs, and finally, a third set of all-weather seating. Again… all Craigslist, all different. My goal aside from the aesthetic of ‘pulling together’ was to bring in a better seating area.
A reader tipped me off to a relocated consignment store that had some outdoor furniture listed and… ta da… this simple 3-seat couch was for sale. Wicker isn’t meant to sit outside, but… I gave this a few coats of exterior paint and will bring it inside when summer is over.
The original couch had dated yellow floral cushions. I was all set to pitch them and grab new ones at Homegoods, but then… I realized they were in GREAT shape and… latex paint and fabric medium is under $40. Here’s the thing with painting cushions. It gets WAAAAY worse before it gets better. Just know this and repeat your calming Zen mantra. I’ll share a tutorial for these next week!
Last weekend at the flea market I found almost the identical loveseat and chairs as the brown ones we already had. It’s NOTHING fancy, but I thought the white might be a nice swap since the brown doesn’t quite work with either of the other furniture out there. What do you think? Team white wicker or team brown wicker?
What patio would be complete without plantings. The blue planters are from Homegoods and help with ‘operation coordination.’ I love the bright blue juxtaposed with the lovely green leaves. Oh, and Buddha is a flea market score too. Love him.
I made those concrete planters AGES ago and they’re still some of my favorite things to freshen up each spring. I stick with the basics: succulents and geranium. That wicker elephant leapt into my cart at Goodwill. The weekend before, I’d been tempted by the exact same one at the flea market but I passed… the universe needed that elephant on my patio I guess!
How cute is that pillow? It’s a throw rug that was on clearance at TJMaxx. I sewed it into a pouch and stuffed it with an outdoor cushion.
While I was painting the couch, I also painted the coffee table… It’s still a little rickety, but it doesn’t look NEARLY as old and weathered.
The white patio set came with a side table… I didn’t need it for the main seating area, but it’s been perfect next to the grill to hold drinks, extra plates and napkins and a bottle opener.
The planter on the dining table was from Homegoods and I filled it with succulents… They’ve already grown a few inches so I’ll need to learn how to trim it all back STAT.
The corner table used to be green, but I sprayed it a navy to match the cushions. Another concrete planter to make me happy.
Moving over to the main seating area, that side table between the white chairs is actually a basket I flipped over and found a tray topper for. I bring the tray in out of the weather, but it’s great for serving simple snacks and holding a few cocktails.
The kids have their own little picnic table and love to gather around it for a meal. That navy silverware caddy is great to wrangle their forks and spoons and straws and such.
Somehow it all comes together and works SO much better than the previous setup. Reminder of before…
I’ve got to be honest, I struggled to capture this space. The construction in the background combined with a shedding tree above make the picures seem a little disheveled. I made this video to give you the live view… if I didn’t cover everything, take a look at the video since I might mention it there!
Is it perfect now? Nah… I’ll wait for the $10K, BUT… I LOVE how all these items play nice with each other. Pin it here to come back to later:
Now… head on over to the rest of the talented ladies in today’s eclectic summer tour, and tune in all week for lots of others!
At Charlotte’s House
The Striped House
Style Mutt Home
This is Our Bliss
Copper Dot Interiors
Up to Date Interiors
Bigger Than the Three of Us
Rain on a Tin Roof
Pretty Practical Home
58th Water Street
Primitive & Proper
A Designer at Home
Casa Watkins Living
Psst… Like the looks of this? See how I made this fun hanging garden on Thursday! And tune in tomorrow for our next edition of the DIY Houswives! Woohoo… great week over here!!