Hi friends! Welcome to the Summer Outdoor Living Tour! I’m so glad you’re here! I’m thrilled to be included with a fantastic group of bloggers who’ve worked hard to share some beautiful outdoor living inspiration with you today.
If you’ve arrived here from Alyse Warren, I’d like to extend a special welcome to you! Be sure to check out all of the other amazing bloggers in this special outdoor living tour as I know you’ll love what they have to share!
As you’re taking the tour, I’ll pop in with a few descriptions, but mostly I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy and thank you again for stopping by!
Today I’m featuring our covered back patio area, because we use this space all summer long for eating, relaxing and entertaining. Our patio functions as an added room to our home in the summer. That’s why it’s important to me that this outdoor space is both comfortable and functional.
My theme for the patio–and really everything–this summer is easy and breezy. If you saw my patio mood board post from a couple of weeks ago, you know I decided to keep it simple and stick to a clean, classic color scheme of navy and white this year.
I love blue during any season, but especially in the summer, so it was easy for me to get really excited about decorating our patio with this color as well.
I didn’t add any new furniture to the patio this year, although a larger table and additional seating are on my wish list! We live in an area that occasionally has high winds, so heavyweight furniture is a must!
I simply updated our look with new seat cushions and rugs, all from Target. With a dog–and two little granddaughters who visit often–these navy easy-to-clean cushions were the best choice for our outdoor living space.
I already had the accent pillows and decorative items on hand, so it was an easy and affordable way to refresh the look of our patio. Since navy is such a great neutral, I can always update the look of our patio simply by adding different colored pillows!
By using green as my accent color this year, all I needed were a few ferns, herbs and house plants to complete the look. Vibrant green looks so pretty with blues and whites, adding a fresh summery vibe.
Don’t forget to use your yard as a source for fresh flowers or greenery for your home or patio. The greenery on my table includes cuttings from our Russian almond bush.
Enjoying the beauty of nature is our main focus when we’re out here. I snapped these photos a couple of weeks ago when everything was just starting to leaf out. I just love that vibrant green of springtime!
Our patio faces west, with strong afternoon and evening sunlight, so our outdoor curtains not only add a pretty touch, but much-needed shade. It’s amazing how much more livable this space is with the addition of curtains!
When the wind blows, I simply tie the curtains back with a length of twine or ribbon to keep them from flapping around.
For outdoor entertaining, I like to keep a set of non-breakable dinner plates handy. They’re so much prettier than paper plates! (Although I have to admit, we still use paper plates, too!)
A crisp white table cloth and pretty woven placemats add a nice finished look to the table. I leave the table cloth on the table all summer long, removing it only when it needs to be washed. Since it’s white, I can bleach it when it gets stained.
The heavy white tray helps hold the table cloth down when the wind blows and serves as a nice centerpiece and catch-all. I bought this one a couple of years ago, but here’s something similar.
I like to use all-weather baskets to hold extra pillows and soften some of the hard edges of the patio.
A couple of throw blankets add warmth on chilly evenings.
Overhead, string lights criss-cross back and forth. They create such a lovely glow and festive atmosphere when they’re lit up at night!
Over on the other side of the patio, we have a little sitting area with a glider and a small table.
This is the perfect spot to sit, enjoy a drink, and watch the sun set!
Our granddaughters love to sit on the glider and rock back and forth. The funny thing is, I remember doing the same thing on my grandma’s glider when I was little!
I added a few clay pots filled with small house plants and herbs (all from Walmart) to add some texture and interest to this area.
I think empty clay pots have a beauty all their own!
A basket tray and beads add some natural texture. If you’d like to learn how to make a bead strand like the one shown above, here’s my tutorial.
Our patio is our summer sanctuary. Winters are long in our area of the country (the Rocky Mountain region), so once warm weather arrives, we spend every possible minute out here. Now you know where to find me this summer!
Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you enjoyed my patio tour and got some ideas for your own outdoor living spaces!
Again, I’m so thankful to have been included with this talented group of bloggers. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Courtney of Tuft and Trim and Kelly of The Greenspring Home who put this tour together.
Make sure to check out the rest of the outdoor spaces on the tour! Here’s a list of the bloggers on the Summer Outdoor Living Tour, with links to their posts below: