Inaugural Patio Party

It's official. We opened our patio this weekend with an inaugural BBQ. Let the season of al fresco entertaining and cooking begin. 

Perfect timing, right? 
Considering I just pinned and posted loads of patio images. It's almost like I planned it. 
Don't you just love when it all comes together?
Since it was all looking so lovely, I decided to snap a couple pics and show you around. 

This year, just like in my inspiration pictures, I am trying to incorporate more bright colors and interesting patterns to give a bit of umph to our traditional patio set. 

For the party, I layered the table with two tablecloths - the top one is vinyl, which is so practical for outdoor entertaining. I also brought out a set of wooden folding chairs for additional seating.

In this corner of the patio, I have two spring chairs set up in the shade. It's the perfect spot to sit and sip a bevvy, while you're grilling.

This full sun corner, has two more chairs from our patio set and the firepit. Mr. DD loves a good, open fire and this pit has seen a lot of action over the years.

One day, I'd love to have some proper lounge furniture in this area. A pair of chairs, or loungers or even a sectional - ah, dreams. 

When the crabapple tree is in bloom, it provides the most fragrant canopy for our dining table. Truly lovely. 
The hanging lanters, are actually nylon (and solar!) and cast a nice subtle light at night. (find similar here.)

We tried a bunch of new recipes for the party and I can't wait to share them with you...tomorrow. 

Hope you had a great weekend.

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Patio Bliss

Did you see the post by The Inspired Room, I shared on my Facebook page, discussing the 4 zones of a well planned backyard?
Brilliance in its simplicity. And, it got me thinking about our back patio. 

Which, of course, led me to Pinterest, where I couldn't help but pin loads of inspirational pics of patios. Tons of ideas for what our little patio will hopefully, one day, grow up to be. 

I love a covered dining space. Something about dining under a leafy canopy just feels so vacation-y to me. And who wouldn't love their home patio to feel like taking a vacation everyday?

A lounge area is a must. I'd love a sofa, with throw cushions. Somewhere to put my feet up and get comfy. This vintage furniture grouping looks so inviting, I could definitely stay awhile here.

I'd also love to incorporate more bright, fun and eclectic style to our outdoor space. Easily enough with garden stools, cushions, rugs and accessories. 

I'll share our patio next week and hopefully you'll be able to see bits and pieces from these inspirational pics throughout our space. 

Have a great weekend.

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You Had Me at $30

You know I'm working on our master bedroom at the moment. So, you're probably assuming that this will be yet another bedroom related post. Well, unfortunately, you're wrong. 

I kind of wish you were right though, because then I'd have something to share. Like some new lamps. But, I don't. 

Instead of finding new lamps on my recent trip to Marshall's, I found this striking, blue garden stool. It was in the clearance isle, marked at just $30. Which is kind of an unheard of price. 

So, you know what I did? I walked away. I was looking for lamps after all, and a garden stool was just not on the agenda. 

I went home, without lamps and without a beautiful, vivid, blue garden stool.

Guess what I did the next day? I went back. I mean, what was I thinking? $30 for a garden stool! It may not have been the deal I was looking for, but it certainly was a deal. A deal too good, to pass up. 

And now, this old paver patio is on the slow track to receiving a bit of style that it so desperately needs. Just in time for the 4th of July. This is where I'll be, staring at my unexpected find. 

Have a happy and safe 4th, everyone! 

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Shells and Succulents

Shells and succulents - has a nice ring to it, no? They go hand in hand, right? Well, when I stumbled across this gigantic concrete shell planter at HomeGoods the other day, I immediately thought it would look great on my patio table, filled with succulents.

Into the cart it went and home it came. A couple of days later, at our local grocery, I found a huge succulent for under $5. A match made in heaven. 

I filled the planter with gravel, to help with drainage, topped it up with potting soil, planted my succulent and called it a day.

Then, the plant whisperer came for the weekend. 
The plant whisperer? 
Oh yes, you've heard of the dog whisperer, the horse whisperer, the ghost whisperer - well, there is also a plant whisperer. Who just happens to be my Mom. 

Seriously, this woman is good with the plants and the flowers. She sees things that I wouldn't even begin to understand. In fact, in one weekend she managed to transform most of my outdoor pots. She is that good. 

So, she added a little bit of this and a bit of that to my shell planter...and just look at her now. Of course, it looked good when she initially filled her up. But a couple of weeks on, and she's really coming into her own. 

Sorry, ladies, not going to share the talent that is my Mom. She's all mine. And my patio looks so much better for it. Speaking of, perhaps I should show you around sometime. 

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Outdoor Patio Topiary

When my parents were in town last weekend they brought me the loveliest metal topiary for our patio. 

Isn't she cute?

All she needed was to be planted - fortunately, my Mom had included her expertise as part of the gift.

We started by wetting and tearing these circular corn husk planter fillers and placing them in each layer. 

Then each layer was filled with potting soil and watered before planting.

Then it was just a matter of adding the plants. We used mostly white impatiens - a whole flat actually. And accented with a little trailing purple flower, called lobelia. 

Isn't she pretty?
I can't wait to watch her grow.

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