Creating an Outdoor Oasis

I’m sorry I have been a little quiet on here lately! I’ve been keeping very busy with a number of projects—finishing the prep work for a new painting, advising my parents on furnishings for their Maine home, ordering a new sectional for our basement (more on that soon!), and getting our little patio ready for the season! I thought I would share some photos of that last project today, along with links to all my sources.

Mosaic Bistro Table from Pier1  (unfortunately, the one I have is no longer available),  Del Rey Stacking Chairs  from Pier1 in Black,  Allen + Roth Outdoor Blue Rug  from Lowes,  Mohawk Home Core Doormat  in Black from Lowes

Mosaic Bistro Table from Pier1 (unfortunately, the one I have is no longer available), Del Rey Stacking Chairs from Pier1 in Black, Allen + Roth Outdoor Blue Rug from Lowes, Mohawk Home Core Doormat in Black from Lowes

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Our patio is one of the many things that I really love about our townhome—it is right off the back of the kitchen and it’s cleverly designed with a brick wall on one side and our living room on the other, so that we have total privacy from our neighbors. It also gets a surprising amount of sun, so I’m able to really experiment with what I can grow there. About a year after we moved in, I bought a small patio table and two dining chairs from Pier1, and since my husband is an avid griller we spend a fair amount of time cooking and eating outdoors during the summer. However, I have really been wanting to make the space feel more like an extension of the inside—a kind of outdoor oasis—so this year, I also purchased an outdoor rug from Lowes. I really love how much it pulls the space together and makes it feel more like a room, and so far, it seems very durable and easy to clean.

And to add lots of beauty and color to the space, I have filled it with potted plants! I have more shade-loving plants (regular and double impatiens) towards the back of the patio, which gets less sun, and a variety of petunias, zinnias, snapdragons, dahlias, and a knock-out rose bush at the edge of the patio, which gets almost full sun. I also got an inexpensive plant stand from Lowes to help vary the height of some of the pots and add a little more visual interest to the space. The pots are mainly just plastic pots from Home Depot (or borrowed from my dad!), but the large blue ceramic pot is from Colonial Gardens. They have the most gorgeous ceramic pots, and although they can be a little pricey, they are almost always 50% off, which makes them a pretty good deal!

And finally, here’s a photo of our outdoor dining set-up from Memorial Day. Our chair cushions are also from Pier1, and although these striped ones are no longer for sale, they have a huge array of other really beautiful outdoor dining cushions! The little table is from Pier1 as well, and I love how stylish and versatile it is! You could use it as a footstool, a plant stand, or just another surface to hold food or drinks.

We were so lucky to get really glorious weather for Memorial Day, so that we could enjoy being out on our newly decorated patio! We enjoyed a delicious dinner of burgers, oven-baked french fries, and grilled corn with a thyme-garlic butter. And of course, a good bottle of red wine from a local vineyard called Galen Glen! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day as well! Thanks so much for reading!

Similar  Outdoor Dining Cushions  from Pier1,  Navy & White Sun Mosaic Accent Table  from Pier1  (it’s on clearance just right, just FYI!)

Similar Outdoor Dining Cushions from Pier1, Navy & White Sun Mosaic Accent Table from Pier1 (it’s on clearance just right, just FYI!)