I’m so excited you found your way to the #Summerhomerefresh blog hop! We all wanted to tackle certain projects this summer and share them with you! But as a reminder, let me just say that none of us are obsessed with decorating and redecorating, k? For your convenience, all of links will be at the bottom of this post so be sure to check them out through the weekend!
Some of y’all probably refer to this space as deck, overhang, etc. Around these parts of town, we call them Florida rooms- an open, covered or partially covered extension of your home. Fitting, wouldn’t you say? My backyard as a whole is a rather small space. Even smaller is my florida room, as most of my yard is occupied by a pool and a tropical english garden I created.
We’d been going back and forth about replacing the ground surface (aka chatahoochee). We opted not to, as saving more aggressively for retirement became a priority. (Don’t ask me why we did that, I think Adam tricked me but I can’t prove it at the moment). Of course, its still on our To Do list! Unless, the stone makes it way to some future trendy board on Pinterest ;). Knowing we wouldn’t be tackling that project yet, I felt more motivated to get creative with lots of colors, patterns and textures.
Before all else, I gave my cushions a really good pressure wash!! I must admit, I certainly don’t do it as often as I should. Next, I created a visual separation between the sitting and dining areas with some patterned mats! Outdoor rugs are great, but I found these mats to be even better. They are made 100% from recycled products, easy to wash and reversible! You can find them on Amazon for a more than reasonable price! I selected two different prints just to mix it up and break up the space.
After that, I purchased new pillow covers for the outdoor pillows! That was an instant game changer as the old pillow pattern was a boring one! These covers are mega durable and easy to order on Society 6. There are so many artist to choose from, you’ll definitely be there for days. Ultimately, I went with the ones that I found looked best with the overall theme, which was a more boho ‘anything goes’ look. Switching out your pillow covers is a very inexpensive way of bringing change to any indoor or outdoor space. I wanted all sorts of fun prints, so I searched for kilim, suzani and geometric patterns.
My mom loves propagating succulents so I took a few and placed them all around for little pops of green. They are cuter than any button! These plants are relatively easy to look after and as opposed to flowers (which we have to change rather quickly), they’re presentable without overpowering or blocking anyone’s view. I also have a small Majesty Palm in one of the corner to break apart the leveling. Her name is Cleo.
We needed a little space to eat, its always nice to do that outdoors when you have friends over, especially for Dylan and his buddies. Keeping in mind that we only have space for something tiny, I turned to Ikea. I bought two bistro sets and joined them together to create a 4 seater dining area. Not big, but the space is enough to pull the chairs out and sit comfortably!
Cozy is always my overall focus. When I looked at this space, I knew it needed a bit more of comfort. I bought the saddle bench and the pouf at Target and that gave us enough room to move around and put our feet up. More than anything out here, relaxing is what we usually do. As you can see, center table wasn’t quite as necessary, as we have two smaller side tables that were part of the furniture set. Those are the tables I use to place drinks and/or food on.
Although it’s hot as heck down here, blankets and throws are still an absolute necessity for me! Instead, of looking to buy regular blankets, I did research on turkish towels and was very pleased with the findings. The material of the towel isn’t as delicate as a blanket, where, even if they get dirtied or tossed around, the clean up is low maintenance. I love that I can open them up to line the cushions when there’s a high probability of spillage.
I hung some string lights across the back fence for a little mood lighting and voila! This space is all spruced up and ready for any night of the week!
Though small, this space hosts some of my closets friends and family members. Most important to me is, that everyone feels at home and close. I’ve learned you don’t have to live too large to enjoy yourself. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box. Of course, I’m not the only creative thinker here, check out my talented friends’ projects!!