5 Tips for Creating a Perfect Patio

Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-20I’ve always loved being outside, whether on a weekend camping adventure, or simply tucked onto a patio chair with a good book. One of the major factors in our move to Texas from the DC area was being able to have a home with a large outdoor space, and the weather to be able to use it often. We chose a nice big lot, built a big covered patio, and then for the last two years it’s sat virtually empty. I didn’t really know where to start! I finally pulled it together in the last couple of weeks and am so excited to partner with Walker Edison to share my 5 Tips for creating the Perfect Patio. Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-19Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-151. Start at the bottom, and work up

Using an outdoor rug works wonders to define the gathering space, create comfort, and make the patio decor feel intentional. Starting with a rug gives you a specific area to work within, because outdoor spaces can feel really overwhelming. Inside, a 10×10 room feels large, but a 10×10 area outside is dwarved by the relative space.

There are outdoor rugs at any price, size, and made of all types of materials. This one is natural jute, so it’s not suited for extremely wet conditions, but since it is protected by the roof, it does great here. Sisal or polypropylene are options for a non-covered patio space. They both will hold up well in any type of weather. Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-212. Add furniture suited to your specific needs

Our patio serves not only as a hang-out spot for mom and dad, but also a gathering area for the whole family, our formal dining room, and the primary entertaining space for the house. We really needed two separate, but related zones on the patio: a sitting area and the dining space. I fell in love with the Walker Edison Sundowner line of patio furniture that fit both needs beautifully.

The 4-piece conversation set has two armed chairs, and an armed bench, all that come with weather-proof cushions. Then the coffee table brings them all together. I love the simple, modern design and the durable construction (I put it all together myself in an afternoon.) The dining set comes with 4 chairs that are identical to the conversation set, and I love the idea of being able to pull them all together if needed on occasion. I also love that it has the bench, because we often are squeezing lots of little bodies in a row when we have friends to dinner, and more fit along that bench than would on a set of chairs. The table itself has a fold-out leaf system that I intend to keep out all the time, but it’s nice to have the option to change sizes.

When you’re choosing patio furniture, consider what you want to DO in the space, and make sure that what you find allows for that to happen easily and often. Do you need lots of seating like a sectional? A fire pit? Thick cushions for extra comfort? Stackable chairs? Figure out those needs, then find furniture to fill them.
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Once you have the rug and furniture covered, you can think of your outdoor space the same way you would think about an indoor space. Add a pillow everywhere that will be comfortable to have one. Make sure there is a cozy lightweight blanket within arms reach for when the sun goes down and the temps drop. You’ll start to feel the space come together with these small details. For uncovered spaces, use weather-proof fabrics like Sunbrella, and consider keeping the throw in a clear plastic box beneath the table or bench.

Use potted plants outdoors just as you might inside (here’s a whole post I wrote about decorating with plants). Don’t just rely on the lawn and garden beds to bring life to the outdoor space. Adding some potted plants here and there really makes the space feel thoughtful and planned. Not to mention how much easier it can be to find an outdoor plant that will live easily! I have a few outside, including this sweet little guy in my DIY face planter, and a persian lime tree in a huge pot.
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If you want to get the most use possible out of your patio, limit the need to go back indoors! I stashed some cute little puzzles, sidewalk chalk, sunscreen, bug spray, and some favorite gardening books outside under the table so that we can come out and stay out! Again, if you’re working with a non-covered patio, use a plastic box with a lid to store your activities and tools, rather than an open basket. You’ll still have the benefit of having everything nearby, without worrying about them being ruined in the rain.Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-23Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-14
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Every outdoor space needs some sort of lighting. It’s as much fun to hang out on a patio after dark as it is while the sun shines, and that can easily be achieved with a simple string of twinkle lights, a strand of outdoor bistro lights, or even some hanging pendants in the trees above your space.

We have overhead lights with fans on our covered patio, but I still hung twinkle lights around the perimeter to add some magic and coziness to the space. If you are working with an area without an electrical outlet, consider solar powered twinkle lights!
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Cheers to creating the perfect patio which bridges the inside and out, and creates more space for togetherness and memories.Bringing Inside Out to the Patio- One Little Minute Blog-33Thank you to Walker Edison for sponsoring this post. All opinions and ideas are my own, as always. And thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

9 Comments

  1. Posted April 4, 2016 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Your patio looks amazing! We totally need to get on the ball and get our patio looking great for spring and summer!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  2. Posted April 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Love it Miranda! Now we need your textile sources! That tie dyed pillows + blanket combo! 😍😍

    • Miranda
      Posted April 4, 2016 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! The blanket is a recent purchase from World Market, and the indigo dyed pillows are an upcoming DIY:)

      • Melissa
        Posted April 4, 2016 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

        yes! Looking forward to that! And this is a good reminder to get my buns to World Market! They’re a fave, but I never make time to stop in!!

  3. Posted April 4, 2016 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh my heavens, this is gorgeous. WHEN am I going to come see your house?!

    • Miranda
      Posted April 4, 2016 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      Please come soon!

  4. Posted April 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    This is super inspiring! We’re in the process of buying a house with a deck, so I’m sure I’ll be referring to this when it comes time to decorate!

  5. Posted October 6, 2016 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Oh wow! This is definitely Instagram-worthy! I could think of other things that could be done to your concrete floor. I’m a decorative concrete contractor, and I’m just amazed by how a floor always complements a design like this. But I’m so impressed at how well you’ve made each furniture blend well with your exterior. Thumbs up, and I’m adding this to my idea catalog for my future clients. Nice work, Miranda!

  6. Posted October 26, 2016 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this informative post! Love how you turned your patio into an outdoor room. You can also add some patterns & colors in your concrete to make it more inviting.

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