Hi and welcome to the reveal of my patio! Just 6 short weeks ago, my patio was a neglected corner with huge holes in the walls and a dark space that no one used. I am renting so I got the permission from my landlord to redo the space. And, spoiler alert, it turned out much better than I thought it would! Here’s how it initially looked:
If you are just now joining and would like to catch up, here is how the patio progressed:
week one- the project / week two- the plan / week three- updating vintage patio furniture with chalk paint / week four- painting stripes on the walls / week five- tiling the patio
And now, the final reveal (!!!):
Isn’t she a beauty?! I could have honestly cried when I finally saw all of the elements together. The tile! The stripes! The hints of pink! The art! The plants! It all came together to create the perfect Palm Beach Chic patio that I was craving.
Let’s start at the bottom with the base of the whole project- those tile floors! I had my heart set on a cement looking tile that wouldn’t be slippery when wet (since the patio is right off the pool). Well, I found the perfect tiles at Overstock! The pattern is STUNNING and it added a big punch of personality and fun to the project.
During the week two blog post, I shared my inspiration photo which had striped walls. I decided then to also paint my walls with stripes since I love the effect! I patched the walls and painted them Graycloth which helped hide the flaws on the walls. It was a super affordable way to update the walls with cabana stripes.
One of the reasons I think the after picture looks so much better than the before one is that the furniture fits the space better. A tiny table in a big room feels out of place and cold. I found the perfect sized table from Overstock and love the grey and white color! It is a petite size, but easily seats 6 people (especially with smaller chairs). Plus the price is so good ($339 right now)!
The rest of the furniture on the patio (the console table and dining chairs) are vintage Craigslist finds that I scored for less than $100!!! In every room I decorate, I like to add vintage pieces to give the space some character and age. I don’t love the look of a whole matchy-matchy set and so mixing in these older pieces creates a more collected look.
The chairs have a pink cushion so I could add a touch of my favorite color to the space. I actually painted them with chalk paint to customize the cushion! Here is the full tutorial.
Are you ready for more of my design philosophies?! I think each room needs a touch of whimsy. You can get away with more in a patio since it is outside and usually only used seasonally. I love these cement flamingos from Grandin Road. They have the sweetest hint of pink and are perfect for my Florida patio!
When designing an outdoor space, the more you treat it like an indoor space, the cozier it’ll feel. Rugs, plants, and light fixtures will really finish the space off. I wanted to achieve a chandelier effect, but there is no electricity out here (despite a non-working light switch and outlet). Instead, I hung two gorgeous Pagoda Lanterns from Front Gate that add the Chinoiserie look that is perfect with a Palm Beach vibe.
For the photos, I brought a few of my house plants outside. The second they were outside, Don (my 3 year old) said “you have a little house mommy!” The plants REALLY made it feel pulled together and full. I read a Sister Parish quote this weekend that said: “The most important things in decorating are the little things that add warmth, and love, and well-being.”
I also love plants because they are an affordable way to warm up your space! Each of these plants were between $5 and $15 each and are like living art from my home. The grey and gold planters are from Overstock and the wood one is a DIY I share here.
The art that I added over the console table is an abstract sunset. I love the colors in it and the calm beauty it adds to the space. I’ve put art outside before and love how it really finishes it (just like any other room). You can bring your art inside after parties or find something that can always stay outside too. This art is from Minted and I love it! I got the 40″x30″ size so it could have a big effect.
I had SO much fun putting together the elements of the dining table! Accessorizing is my favorite and I collected items over the 6 weeks leading up to the reveal! I layered a table runner with DIY place mats (I’ll share the tutorial on those soon). On top of that is Melamine plates accented by bamboo flatware from Overstock. I ADORE the pineapple tumblers that I used for half of the plate settings (these pink, more affordable cups, were used on the other half). Everything was topped off by a floral centerpiece.
I included a buffet in this space for holding extra food and as a beautiful place to display accessories. In addition to the art, I added these stunning gold palm tree candle sticks (with lime green taper candles). I have a vase of peonies since they are my favorite flowers and in season!!!
Trays are the perfect patio accessories because they are cute and help you haul all of your supplies inside and outside. This one is from Target and perfectly matches the vintage table it sits on. The pink pitcher I bought just for this space- I love me some pretty plastic (since I have a toddler who likes to “help”).
Fewf! I think that is all of the details I wanted to share about this space. I am thrilled with how the patio came together! It is the warm and cozy outdoor space that I dreamed of. Speaking of dreams, when I was working on the tile, I had a moment where I remembered a photo I had on my vision board:
Before we moved to Florida, for years my husband and I had dreamed of being snow birds and dodging Utah’s winter for just one snowy seadon. I printed out the above vision board and taped it on our fridge. We finally figured out a way to move and work here and are so thankful for the opportunity!
Anyway, when I was tiling, I remembered the photo of the girl on her patio- getting ready to entertain outside. I finally had that! And guys, it felt really, really magical. Somehow, the universe gave me this dream. And yes, I’m crying as I type this out. I feel like the luckiest girl. And I love that I get to share this journey with you.
May we all find a way to live our dreams. Even if they are silly and inconvenient (or maybe especially then 😉 ).
While we were putting the patio together, I snapped a photo at each step and complied them into a GIF so you can see the patio go from empty to full.
I have a few more posts that’ll be dedicated to more details from this space including some DIY’s and a price breakdown for the project. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions I missed! How about one last before and after comparison so we can all appreciate how far this space has come?!
before and after
This is the 5th One Room Challenge that I’ve completed and have loved having a 6 week window to transform a room. If you want to check out some of my other spaces done with the ORC, my bathroom and kitchen are great ones to start with!
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great week! If you want sources for anything (non vintage) that I used, I have complied that below:
melamine plates / bamboo flatware / pitcher / pagoda lanterns / art / tray / cup / pineapple tumbler / table / tile / flamingos / table runner / palm tree candle sticks / grey paint / brass vase / green tapered candles
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Jeweled Interiors says
Wow Ashley! Magazine quality work for sure girl! You ROCK!
Oh Ms. Ashley! What you’ve done here is outstanding. I love the whole island vibe you’ve got going on here! Great job.
Audrey Johnson says
Fabulous. What a truly gorgeous space.
This is beautiful! What a perfect summer space – you must feel like you’re on vacation everyday! Love iy!
I absolutely adore this space!! So smart to enhance the existing structure with those striped walls and that patterned floor, and the gray/black/pink combination is just perfection. I hope you enjoy many many fabulous summer days out there!
So pretty! Love the cement flamingoes and the wicker chairs. Great transformation!!
Kim | Design Confetti says
So cute and the striped walls play so well with the patterned tile. Oh, and those flamingos. So good, they give the space so much personality.
– Kim | http://www.design-confetti.com
Ashley, I’m working my way through everyone’s ORC reveals and your new patio space stopped me in my tracks. Just love the touches of color ~ the pink chair cushions, art , the tile floor and spark of metallic. What a fabulous space you’ve created for entertaining. No eyesore anymore. Congratulations.