One of the many things I love about this house is the wonderful outdoor spaces. However, the long covered porch area was a bit of a challenge to decorate. We have the major components but it is still a work in progress. Let’s talk about How to Make the Most of Your Patio Space.
Our pool area faces the direct hot sun. The former owners were very wise to cover the entire back area of the house. A lot of the covered area is quite high so decorating it has been a bit of a challenge. You can read about my concept for the design in my post How to Achieve a Collected Look on Your Patio
This real estate photo will give you an idea of the expanse of the covered patio and the height of the roof on either end. The first thing we did was purchase five large pots to anchor each post. We have planted them with climbing polka roses, lantana, and coleus. The roses are small. Hopefully next year they will begin to climb the posts and create a cozier feel.
HOW TO CREATE THE MOST OF YOUR PATIO SPACE-CREATE INDIVIDUAL ROOMS WITHIN THE SPACE
In order to create a cozier vibe, I decided to create individual rooms within the large space.
We placed the wonderful table our friend Jim built for us in front of the kitchen window (hopefully we will have some sort of fixture there at some point. The table is surrounded by great Home Depot chairs. I will link all available items and similar at the bottom of the post. An old trough is filled with succulents. Two vintage urns from local Wisteria hold standard tabletop olives. You can see the table in our former garden in the post Before and After Garden Transformation.
The table set up for a recent dinner party.
Wouldn’t this area have been fabulous with accordion doors opening up onto this space? I am sure the former owners thought of it. Needless to say, that will not be in our budget. I shared more of how I selected my color pallet in this post How to Select a Harmonious Color Pallet for your Pool Area here.
The center area in front of the great room houses the Ballard Designs Suzanne Kasler chairs from our former garden, a sofa from the same collection that we added, and the coffee table that our friend Jim built. The table and coffee table were originally at our lake home. The pillows are all from Pottery Barn.
The beautiful view from the patio of the surrounding hills.
In this little seating area, we have four more of the home depot chairs and an ottoman/coffee table from World Market (All linked at the bottom of the post). FYI the boob fan lights are going. We are replacing them with inexpensive HD outdoor fans without lights.
We defined the area with an inexpensive mirror also from Home Depot, an olive standard, and some old shutters we have had for years. I like mixing the old with the new and the low and high.
The patio off the master (primary) is still a work in progress. I think it needs a few more potted plants to bring the roof down and cozy up the space. I think some shutters on the french doors would also really help. The entire house could benefit from some shutters here and there.
We brought the iron table and chairs from our Chualar home. It works nicely tucked into the space that overlooks the rose garden and the hills.
I am linking all available patio items here:
SHOP MY POOL PATIO AREA
We still have some tweaking to do over time, but we feel very fortunate to have this wonderful space to enjoy with family and friends. Don’t be afraid to mix the high and the low and the old and the new to create a friendly collected look. I mixed the higher-end Ballard (Suzanne Kasler) furniture with chairs from Home Depot and items I have collected and already owned. Thank you for reading How to Make the Most of Your Patio Space