Its summertime and I figured what better way to enjoy this Texas heat than a little outdoor patio refresh? I have joined up with some pretty incredible bloggers who are all sharing how they have refreshed their homes for the summer. There is a huge variety of summer home refreshes and restyles and even a few DIY projects! You can find the blog hop schedule at the bottom of my post to see which talented bloggers will be sharing their summer home decorating tips with all of you! Grab a glass of ice-cold lemonade and come join me as I share a few ways to perk up your outdoor space.
One of my favorite things to do is entertain in our home. We have this little bar cart (Find it HERE) on our patio and it is the perfect spot for a drink station.
Fresh flowers, lemonade and unbreakable plastic stemware (Find it HERE) are an easy way to dress up an outdoor space and cater to thirsty guests. A rustic wooden tray adds a casual element that I like to mix into a space when styling my home, indoors or out. I tend to mix classic pieces with rustic finishes. There is just something so beautiful about that unexpected juxtaposition.
In front of our outdoor fireplace, we have a little sitting area that has beige cushions. I love neutral tones in our furniture, because it allows me to change out colors and patterns as my style changes and evolves. This can easily and cost effectively be done with seasonal pillows and colors. A wicker tray looks beautiful on the table, but if we are out here entertaining or eating with family it is usually filled with snacks, drinks, condiments, and sometimes even a baby monitor if our littlest is sleeping. I use this tray almost every weekend to haul all of our goodies back and forth from the kitchen to the patio. These green medallion patterned pillows were on sale at Pier One (Find them HERE) too, yay for sales!! I like to wait towards the end of a season to find great prices on items I know I’ll use over and over again. Now is a great time to find amazing deals on outdoor dishes, pillows, trays, glasses, and all things patio related before stores start setting out things for fall.
Winter, spring, summer, and fall, this is where our little family of 5 likes to spend most of our time together so making an outdoor space a comfortable extension of our home is very important to me. We can all sit in this space together and light a fire, roast marshmallows, or just chat and eat hot dogs! The truth is, the pillows end up on the ground most days anyway and that is just fine by me!
My mother was gifted with a knack for gardening, and grows some beautiful flowers, plants, and even some veggies too! Unfortunately, I was not gifted with this lovely knack. Its pretty much potted, sun-loving, low maintenance plants that are hard to kill, that live in our yard. My mom used to try to give me her insight on ways to grow things and keep plants looking beautiful and vibrant, but after years of dead plants in my yard, she has settled for filling me in on the latest cactus and other indestructible plants that she “Just knows I can grow.” Ha! I have to give her credit for trying. She has however successfully recommended all sorts of sun-loving low maintenance plants that are now thriving in my yard! Even in this Texas heat! These Asparagus ferns are so easy and just so happen to love our patio which gets a lot of sun for about half of the day. I found these large galvanized pails for an amazing price at Lowes (Find them HERE) to set the plants in and it has made the perfect little summer touch on our mantel!
Another potted Asparagus fern in a galvanized bucket next to our pool adds just a touch of summer to this area and ties this area to our patio a bit. Any type of potted plant could be placed in one of these buckets, just remember to drill holes in the bottom of the buckets. I learned this the hard way when one of our ferns turned yellow. My mom pointed out that the water is probably not draining properly which is why it had turned yellow. After a quick inspection, I dumped the bucket over and sure enough, full of water! I felt so silly! You live and learn, I guess!
Whether your backyard space, is a small one, a large one, a deck, a patio, covered or not, make it a place that your family enjoys spending time together. A few touches here and there over time can add a lot to a drab space. I thought about running out to the back of our property to grab that squirt gun to take this photo, and then thought maybe you’d relate to lots of toys and random surprises in your yard as well! Honestly, there are a lot of angles you don’t see in this post that are full of floaties, toys, dogs, food, and pool cleaning supplies! Had to share just in case my photos lead you to believe we don’t actually live here. Ha! Don’t forget to checkout the blog hop schedule below to see how some other very talented bloggers have refreshed their homes for summer! As always, thank you for taking the time to read along. My hope is to inspire, lend a helpful hand in your home decor decisions, and bring glory to God in all that I do. -Tiffany I love it when you pin images from my blog! You can do so, by clicking on any of the images in this post and pinning them to Pinterest or clicking on the icons below to share on your favorite social media platform. *Affiliate links may be used and some posts are sponsored. I make a very small commission if you purchase something through my links. However, the opinions expressed herein are genuine.
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