Pretty Living | The Perfect Patio

My two favorite spots in my house aren’t even in the house.  They’re our outdoor living spaces – the front porch and back patio.

When we built our home five years ago, my first priority was having a front porch, which is a little uncommon in the Dallas ‘burbs.  I grew up in the northeast and have great memories of spending many summer days on the front porch swing.  So, of course, I had to have one of those too.

While I love our front porch, we also wanted a more private space for hanging out and entertaining.  To accomplish that, we recently had a large covered patio built.  It’s expanded our living space by essentially becoming another room.  I spend many hours out there on nice days, reading, watching the kids play and yes, sometimes napping.  🙂

The patio is still a work in progress but it’s starting to come together (I’ll post pics of the completed project when it’s done).

Patio Decorating Tip:  Choose neutral furniture so that the accent pieces – pillows, throws, rugs, planters and accessories – can be changed out on a whim.  Changing up the accents is an affordable way to give the space a whole new look.

I’m loosely using this space for inspiration.

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The perfect patio has lots of color, pattern and texture.  Here are some of fun and affordable accents to jazz up an outdoor space.

[1. Metal Aegean Fish/2.  Ikat Ottoman/3.  Chevron Throw/4.  Black/White Ikat Pillow/5.  Striped Outdoor Pillow/6.  Lhasa Outdoor Rug]

sales and deals

A few of my favorite places to shop for patio decor are having some great sales right now!

 World Market – 15% off all outdoor furniture and decor, code OUTDOOR.

Target – 20% off all Smith & Hawken outdoor furniture.

West Elm – 20% off all outdoor furniture and decor.

It’s Your Turn:  Have you opened your patio for spring yet?  What are some of your favorite ways to decorate your outdoor space?

Getting my pretty on with Aloha Friday, Six Sisters Stuff.