I recently helped some friends of mine (Jess and Scott) who live around the corner from us with picking furniture for their backyard. They have a really nice cape similar to ours, but it has a little addition on the back, thus leaving their backyard patio area on the smaller side. When you look at the before photos you wouldn’t think you would be able to fit much but after measuring and drawing it out we were able to create a nice cozy seating area with a fire pit! I made a quick design board for them, I don’t like to suggest furniture unless a design board is created. And I don’t think anyone should buy furniture before creating a design board! We bought most everything from Target, because their outdoor patio furniture was on sale.
I personally like the outdoor spaces to flow nicely off of the interior. This will help the outdoor spaces feel like an extension of the home. You can achieve this look by continuing with the same style and or colors. Below is their family room that I designed (see more of that space HERE). We had looked at the same black and gray settee I have. But after remembering the rest of their home has more navy than black that changed the design plan!
Backyard Patio Design Plan-
I quickly put the images together to get a visual of how all the pieces would look together. You could do this with pieces you already have to see how new items would mix! (Find exactly how I created a design board HERE). I will link all of the sources at the end of the blog post.
They have a nice slate tile patio section, so I made sure to think of the gray tones in the tile when coming up with their plan. Scott made the pots with the posts for the string lights. Notice in the before photo they were on the tile. We moved them to the grass to create space for chairs and the dining table.
Scott got the planters at Home Depot and reinforced the bottom with wood. He added the 4×4 and secured it with some brackets then poured cement in about half of the planter base. Then filled the rest of the planter with dirt and flowers. Below you can see the hooks he used on the top of the 4×4 to hook the lights. He attached the lights to the house the same way we did HERE.
They love the gas fire pit that doubles as a coffee table, perfect for a small space! My girls love it too.
They have a small section when you walk into their backyard that was perfect for a little tea cart. I found the Park sign in their garage that we brought out to hide the large outlet and it also created a nice vignette.
They have a big July 4th party that they are all ready for to celebrate with friends and family!
Outdoor Patio Sources-
Tea Cart (on sale with code JUNE)
Gray Settee(on sale with code JUNE)
Fabron 2-Pack Wicker Motion Club Chair(comes in cream too, on sale with code JUNE)
Teak Patio Dining Table (they already had this nice Teak set, linked a similar option)