I recently worked with one of my best friends to update her outdoor patio. This friend is one of the BEST hosts, she always is the first to open her doors to have friends and herds of kids over. Not only does she welcome everyone in she is also the most relaxed when hosting, I want to be like her. I was thrilled to help her expand her living space outdoors. This outdoor space will be used and loved more than any outdoor space I know. And lucky me I get to enjoy it too when I come in town.
First this is what the outdoor space looked like BEFORE…
They have a really nice deck and backyard. But this space wasn’t being maximized to it’s full potential. They had a patio table that took up too much room, not leaving much space for comfortable seating.
This is what their outdoor space looks like AFTER…
I measured out the deck and drew in the furniture to scale on drafting paper to make sure we could fit everything on the deck. We opted for small garden stools to maximize the seating and make best use of the space. Backless stools make it easier to walk around on a tight patio and are easy to move around to different areas of the deck. (I link to everything in this patio at the end of this post).
This hanging chair is probably everyones favorite part. I like that it separates the patio table and the seating area to create separate living spaces and yet it can turn and be apart of both spaces.
This black tea cart used to be their daughters changing table. And it wasn’t black it was yellow. I love this idea of looking at your furniture you currently own in a new light. My friend Rachel came over and spray painted it black and added the wheels to the base. It really is the most functional piece for outdoors now.
I found the wood lattice piece and spray painted it white to pop off of the green siding. We hung the hanging planters and the battery operated light with simple brackets we found at Home Depot.
We added the black and white umbrella to the table last minute to offer some much needed shade when the sun is in the back of the house. It also ties in the color scheme.
Also a big tip if you are wanting to save the most money is to purchase outdoor furniture first part of July, that is when outdoor furniture and outdoor decor goes on sale! You can shop everything I used for this outdoor living space below, keep in mind it goes quick and might already be sold out.