Backyard Patio Reveal

May 11, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Posted in outside spaces | 15 Comments
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I’m excited to show off our patio we finished up yesterday.  I didn’t realize until yesterday that Drew and I have never had patio furniture (other then a small bistro set) in the entire time we’ve been together.

We moved into our home a year ago and our backyard was a hot mess.  We moved into a house that was only a few years old and if any of you have every moved into a new home you’ll know the builders do as minimal as possible to the backyard.

When we first moved in we set up our bistro set (yea the only outside furniture we owned) and Drew got to work with a bar for our patio.  (The patio that was just an idea.)

Next came the patio.

This is where we stopped last summer.  We installed a retaining wall and bought a fireplace.

This summer was phase buy some furniture so we didn’t have to use the folding chairs we use for Sloan’s sporting events!  We searched high and low and quickly realized outdoor furniture is priced really really high!!  We ended up saving lots of money and bought our furniture from World Market.  I’m sure the biggest reason we saved so much is because everything had to be put together.

We purchased the furniture and brought it home and because Drew’s been out of town it sat in the garage for about a week.  Well on Monday after work Drew decided we were going to put the furniture together and finish the patio.  (Let me tell you when Drew decides a project is going to get done it gets done and at a record pace!)

The bar is finished (except a skirt I plan on installing).  I really like how the tile backsplash turned out.  The bar is going to be great for buffet style dinners and margarita making!

The dining room table.  I love the bench.  We have 2 more chairs coming but they are on back order.  (Ugh…don’t they know I’m all about instant gratification!)

A close up of silver ivy.  It’s easy to take care of and very drought tolerant.  Hopefully, I’ll keep them alive!

I added a little fun to our old bistro set by adding some lanterns.

The sofa table will be great for throwing magazines in and of course holding a bottle of wine (or two).

The rug separate the area and makes it it’s own.  The pillows were from Pottery Barn.  (They are on sale right now.)

The terra cotta pot is from my best friend’s wedding from years ago, it was a centerpiece that was filled with lemons.  I’ve used it throughout my house since I received it.   Right now it’s holding small pears and a ceramic plant marker I made at a party I went with a bunch of my girlfriends.  (Use things that mean something to you!)

A few shots from the patio.

I’m excited to enjoy our outdoor living space but I’m pretty sure Drew has a few more plans for our backyard this summer.  Hopefully I can convince him to start the next phase NEXT year!!

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