Patio Inspiration #1

As some of you may know, I am writing a weekly (Saturday) column for the Idaho State Journal’s new Home page.  I am really excited for this opportunity and have been enjoying the challenge.

This week we focused a bit on our outdoor spaces, and I talked about ways to create a backyard getaway.  As Jer and I talk about summer plans, one big thing that keeps coming up is to ‘do something with the patio.’  We love to spend time outside as a family on the evenings and weekends, so any effort we put into making a relaxing outdoor space will be worth it.  Since we are also planting a giant garden again this year, our patio progress might take all summer and beyond.  I promise I will keep you posted as we take our concrete slab and turn it into our very own relaxing outdoor room.  For now, here are a few things that have inspired me.  Click the numbered links below the images for more information on each product.




1. Threshold Heatherstone Wicker Patio Loveseat with Navy cushions.  We might be going with navy trim on our exterior this summer, so this would tie in with the house and pull out the color a bit.  I love the straight lines of the loveseat and the modern look fits well with the simplicity of our home.  I like to use pillows like this abstract flower and geometric print to tie in all the colors and the song bird pillow to add some whimsy and a few accent colors.

2. A few red pots of flowers or plants add a pop of color and keep the blues from dominating too much.  Any bright color you love would work here, since blue is a pretty good neutral and almost every color will work with it.

3. A simple round table adds some curves to the mix.  While this works well as a side table, it could also be used as a little brunch table for two with some fun chairs pulled up around it.

4. Strings of lights add so much ambiance, turning the party from blah to magical.  I like these from Target with the fun shaped filament bulb, but round bulbs are also fun. Consider solar string lights for a soft bluish glow.

5. Pots of plants in fun accent colors tie your decor together and help blend the patio into the yard or garden space.  I chose cobalt planters for inspiration, but turquoise, pink, yellow, white, red or green would also be fun options.

6. A neutral table and chairs lets you change your decor and update easily.  I like gray because it goes really nicely with bright summer colors, but brown woods also work well.

7. Chair cushions are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to add some color or update your outdoor spaces.  These seat cushions tie in all the colors of the larger furniture pieces and the rug, and have a fun zig-zag pattern.

8. An indoor/outdoor rug is the piece that will tie it all together and give your space the feeling of an outdoor getaway.  This rug in a mix of blues is a statement piece, but still neutral enough that it would work well with a variety of accent colors.


As I said, these are all just inspiration images.  Many of them are way out of our budget right now, but we have some projects and ideas in mind to make it much more affordable and uniquely ours.  Is anyone else working on an outdoor space this summer?  What is your inspiration?


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