It’s easy to get excited about gorgeous outdoor patios and porches, but what do you do if all you have is a concrete slab out in the backyard?
That’s what we’re looking at currently in our house here in Oklahoma City, and it’s not exactly pretty. I’ve done a little fluffing and accessorizing to help things out, but it still doesn’t help us out with the lack of shelter. And in our crazy Oklahoma extremes (I’m looking at you, 100-degree weather) we need a way to stay in the shade.
I’ve been pinning ideas like crazy, and it’s probably most feasible for our home to do a pretty pergola of some kind. But there’s several things to consider when choosing one, so let’s take a little tour of some pretty amazing patios with pergolas and get some ideas to beautify your space.
VISUAL APPEAL + FUNCTION
Pergolas are fairly simple – posts on each corner and a criss-cross lattice design on the top. But the aesthetic can extend so much further, and it’s important to consider the overall architecture of your home. Many pergolas are designed with columns or simple posts. The overhead tail of the pergola can also take on a multitude of different designs.
I love the contrast of this pretty pergola’s gently swooping white frame and natural wood overhead beams. It could easily be modern or traditional – a perfect in-between.
For a more modern spin, why not angle the roofline and build in a sectional to maximize your seating space?
I’m particularly in love with this Victorian’s pergola. It honors the original and striking architecture of the home beautifully with turned posts and quatrefoil trim around the top. Look how the light filters through it too. Sigh.
I’m also partial to this contemporary freestanding cedar pergola that offers shade and privacy. I’d love to see this in all white for a beach house.
Speaking of privacy, if you want to create a little hideaway in your yard (especially if you have neighbors close by), consider enclosing one end of the pergola. This is also a great way to create a focal point with a mirror, interesting piece of artwork or a light fixture.
Caribbean style doesn’t get any better than this: an all-white pergola is surrounded by Bahamian-style shutters that not only provide shade but also privacy.
Celerie Kemble’s Playa Grande Beach Club in the Dominican Republic is on my must-visit list. A series of 13 dreamy little bungalows, there are loads of beautiful little nooks and crannies to escape to. This pergola with rocky floor and grass growing all around features a hanging daybed and is one of my most favorite pergolas that I’ve pinned thus far. Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with my porch swing at the lake, but I’d love to recreate this at our home in Oklahoma City.
DECOR & LIGHTING
Now that you’ve got your structure’s style nailed down, it’s time to accessorize. Don’t overlook the all-too-important elements of seating, lighting, and accessories. Lanterns, stringing lights, and built-in sconces all make for dreamy and mood-setting options.
Why not try a series of vintage chandeliers? If you’re of the DIY persuasion, grab a can or two of spray paint and track down some inexpensive finds at a local antique shop or Craigslist.
You can also get creative with your seating. Low-lying walls can provide flexible seating as a built-in banquette and are perfect for loads of fluffy outdoor pillows.
And if you live in a place without a ton of gusty breezes, I love a set of dramatic outdoor drapes to provide shade, texture, and visual interest.
Have you been considering a remodeling project but aren’t sure how to upgrade your room? To class up any room, just add a built-in unit. Unsure about the process? These 8 bloggers have you covered! Check out this compilation of built-ins for every room in the house and details on how to get the job done.
1. Front Room Built-In Bookcase
In need of a makeover for her out-of-date 2008 design, Stephanie used the odd shape of the room off her home’s entryway to her advantage. This DIY built-in bookcase was created by cutting and melding stock IKEA shelves. Give guests a great first impression by following Stephanie’s design process for her built-in, and be sure to check out the full makeover at her blog, Studio 36 Interiors.
Image Via: Studio 36 Interiors
2. Kitchenette Storage Banquette Seat
You can never have enough storage, and — thanks to Kristi of Addicted to Decorating — now you can have more in your kitchenette. The best news? This DIY built-in storage bench is easy to build. At least that’s what Kristi says. See if she’s right, here!
Image Via: Addicted 2 Decorating
3. Office Desk Built-In
Laura and Dana configured this easy DIY built-in desk for their farmhouse office space. Though it may look complicated, the husband-and-wife team say it’s simply the outcome of building a few basic boxes, using a couple stock cabinets, and topping it with plywood. A little more than that goes into the project, and you can see for yourself at their blog Finding Home Farms.
Image Via: Finding Home Farms
4. Living Room Built-in
This built-in unit started as nothing more than a fireplace on a jutted partial wall. Nate and Michelle worked together to create a seamless shelving unit for their living room, complete with a classic molding. See how they did it – and find more cute pictures of their dog, Ike — over at their blog, Decor and the Dog.
Image Via: Decor and the Dog
5. Kids’ Room Bunk Bed Built-In
This blogger and mom of five opted for the logical approach to housing all her children. Extreme bunk beds. She really does go all out. Not only are the beds and stairs built-in, she went as far as giving each bed its own built-in shelving. Head over to the August Fields blog page and see this awesome process in four parts. Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.
Image Via: August Fields
6. Bathroom Storage Built-In
Ever have a bathroom with no storage? So did Angela — the creator of Unexpected Elegance — until she DIYed her own built-in solution. A “seriously easy” project, she claims, though you will need a space of wall between studs and a tool that can easily cut into drywall. You can find her tutorial on this diy built-in bathroom shelving at her blog.
Image Via: Unexpected Elegance
7. Bedroom Bookshelf Built-In
Take your reading nook to the next level. Try a built-in bedroom bookshelf headboard (say that ten times, fast). Our Humble Abode creator Amanda and husband Bed converted a dimly lit, dark wood room to an inviting, cozy space. They brought new life to an old bookshelf and look good doing it.
Image Via: Our Humble Abode
8. DIY Built-In Closet
Sawdust Girl Sandra admits that this project isn’t for the inexperienced, but she has a lot of tips to help you along the way, just in case. In her guide to plan and design a built-in closet, she’ll walk you through how to assess your closeting needs, measure a room, create a plan, and execute a design. You’ll have a beautiful DIY master closet in no-time!
Image Via: Sawdust Girl
As you prepare for your next remodel, keep these built-in ideas in mind, or even take a stab at executing one of them. You may be surprised in what you can accomplish. Show me your projects when they’re done!
Until next time,
Trend: Amazing Storage Solutions for your Backyard!
Somehow we are already in the month of July and I’m guessing you’ve been spending quite a bit of time in your backyard for the Summer. If it feels messy back there, then this post will help. Today I am sharing 14 amazing storage solutions for your backyard. Enjoy!
1) Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.
2) Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.
3) How convenient and cute would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.
4) Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.
5) If you’ve been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and detailed AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.
6) Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.
7) I’ve shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.
8) Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.
9) Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that’s why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.
10) I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.
11) After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.
12) Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.
13) If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don’t. Found on Jenna Burger.
14) This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.
Does your backyard feel organized?
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– Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Ahh, the modern farmhouse, we can’t seem to get enough of it lately. From its sleek lines to its clean & cozy aesthetic, there is something in this easy living style for everyone. The idea that has captivated me the most about this style is the endless ways you can interpret it and make it your own. Starting my blog 4 years ago I was enamored with this design philosophy and began to chronicle my own modern country home journey, hence came the name City Farmhouse. As I focused on decorating our new farmhouse I realized that by combining the 2 contrasting styles it gave my home an authentic feel it was needing. This style has recently come to the forefront of design and shown to be a creative and innovative leader in purposeful living. Although there are vast ways to translate this tend, here are 12 style do’s when it comes to crafting a home with modern farmhouse flair…
Do use white and mix materials. White is a hot color when it comes to farmhouse living, on the exterior as well as on the interior. When this classic and crisp color is paired with industrial and non-conventional materials it becomes a perfect match.
Who doesn’t love and want planked walls over every verticle surface in their home? OK, maybe not every wall but there is no doubt this vintage look has quickly become a favorite thanks to Joanna & Chip Gaines. Joined with the modern material of the stair rails these walls become a focal point that screams style.
Black has become the newest accent every modern farmhouse needs these days. When mixed with warm woods, white and texture it become a beautifully executed neutral palette.
We have seen the sliding, rustic barn door have its moment(s) and now the torch is being passed. We are seeing a modern twist on this farmhouse favorite to a sleeker, more contemporary sliding door.
Part of the charm and authenticity about this style is the ability to mix and match different styles under the umbrella of “modern farmhouse”. Keeping continuity with a repeated color palette helps to make this look feel cohesive.
Black trim & frames, yes! Am I the only one wanting to repaint my doors and frames black? Wow, what a look when paired with white and warm woods. It adds a bit of panache to the traditional farmhouse look that is utterly swoon worthy.
Add modern elements like lighting and bold geometric patterns into the mix. Oh and while you are at it, maybe a little gray. The contrast between the details, especially within a neutral space can have a big visual impact.
Reclaimed & warm wood tones will always be a player when it comes to modern farmhouse living. When paired with more contemporary components like glass and marble it is a stunning stand out.
Less can be more with this style. Clean lines with a minimalist approach can take a space in a whole other direction. By layering in texture and warmer tones to the crisp, mod look this new style emerges.
Subway tile with dark grout has become the newest craze to hit farmhouse style. Not only is it easy to maintain but gives this vintage material a graphic look by highlighting the repeating pattern.
If you are looking to make some modern updates to your rustic space hopefully this gave you some ideas. Thanks for stopping by,
Since we finished the guest room in the basement a few weeks ago, we’ve decided we really want to get the last few rooms in the basement done right away. We want to be able to move on from this dusty, noisy construction phase! There really isn’t too much left to do. The playroom, my office, and the guest room and bathroom are completely done, and the drywall is up everywhere else. We even have all of the cabinets in the little kitchenette installed. Speaking of the kitchenette, I had a moment of inspiration a few weeks ago when I overheard my husband chatting with the contractor about tile for the backsplash. They were discussing white subway tile, which is what we have in our kitchen upstairs and in the master bathroom. But it occured to me that we have the chance to do something fun and different in our basement kitchenette, and we shouldn’t waste the opportunity. I think a pretty patterned tile backsplash would look so nice, and would make a subtle statement in that corner of the basement. After a few hours of online research, we have something really gorgeous all picked out that goes well with the gray and white color scheme of the rest of the house. Here are just a few of the beautiful patterened tile looks I pinned while doing my research…
I love this tile mosaic on a guest bathroom wall. It looks classic and timeless, but really beautiful and unique at the same time. (photo from Sarah Richardson Design)
I couldn’t find any photos of this gorgeous Ann Sacks braided mosaic tile in situ, but it looks pretty amazing up close, so I can just imagine how chic it would look installed in a room. (photo from Ann Sacks)
If you want to get some real life style inspiration, follow my friend Miranda of the blog One Little Minute and her sister Amelia of Mae Woven. They are both so chic. This black and white patterned tile floor from their parents’ house is just amazing! Miranda said they got it on Overstock.com, but I couldn’t find it. It looks similar to the Eastern Promise Tangier field tile from Ann Sacks. (photo from Instagram)
And this last one made me gasp when I saw it for the first time on Pinterest. While I had the idea to do a patterned backsplash for the basement kitchenette, I didn’t have a specific tile in mind when I started looking around. I just knew that I’d know what I wanted when I saw it. And when I saw this tile I knew I had to have it. And then it took me an hour of searching to find out what it was. I’ll save you the trouble of having to do the same! It is the Tabarka Signature tile from the Nord collection from Tabarka Tile, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company. (photo via The Sweetest Occasion)
So the tread on your car tires is worn down. Time to replace them and send them off to the junkyard? Think again. Well, definitely replace them, but don’t just toss the old ones; turn them into something new! You won’t believe how cute these DIY tire upcycles will look indoors and out.
1. DIY Tire Flower Planter
Paint, plant, hang. That’s all you need to do to make this pretty DIY Flower Planter. Roeshel has a great tutorial over at her blog DIY Show Off. Hang in the home or from a tree out in the yard — she did both!
Image Via: DIY Show Off
2. Tire Climbing Tower
Check out Blessings Overflowing for this awesome guide to your own Tire Climbing Tower. Jackie has all the tools and steps you need for this fun backyard edition. Build as a stand alone tower or attach to your clubhouse or swing set.
Image Via: Blessings Overflowing
3. DIY Recycled Tire Dog Bed
How adorable is this dog?! Oh — and of course her DIY recycled tire dog bed! You can create this comfy spot for your four-legged friend, too, with a little help from Practically Functional’s step-by-step guide. Blog creator Jessi says it’s perfect for pooch Fawkes to curl up in.
Image Via: Practically Functional
4. DIY Tire Pond
Joan A., a blogger for Home Talk, worked with her husband to create this beautiful pond from an old tractor tire (which she picked up for free from a local agricultural equipment supplier). Check out the detailed photos from her post to see how it’s done. She’ll even show you how to incorporate a DIY fountain.
Image Via: Home Talk
5. DIY Toy Shelf from a Used Tire
Upcycle your used tire by creating a fun piece of children’s storage. Layne Quintanilla’s DIY toy shelf is the perfect addition for her boys’ backyard toys. With just a pine board, some screws, spray paint, and, of course. a used tire, she shows you how you can create this project. Check it out over at her blog Spaceships and Laser Beams.
Image Via: Spaceships and Laser Beams
6. Upcycled Tractor Tire Sandbox
Blogger Emily wrote this neat guest piece for I Heart Naptime. She and her son turned a tractor tire into a sandbox for under $25. Another great find from a tractor supply company, Emily got her choice of tire for free. See her process on how to clean, cut, paint, and prepare this fun DIY sandbox from an old tire here.
Image Via: I Heart Naptime
7. Upcycled Tire Table and Ottomans
Shazni was inspired to put husbands old tires to use. She went above and beyond buy creating several upcycled tire furniture pieces. Head over to her post on Instructables to see how she created a lovely furniture set that doesn’t look like a set of tires at all!
Image Via: Instructables
8. DIY Recycled Tire Swing
OK, so maybe you have thought of this one before. But it never hurts to see how to assemble one of these bad boys. Plus, Stately Kitsch creator Heidi researched a ton of options in her detailed post about the best way to hang a tire swing without damaging her tree.
Image Via: Stately Kitsch
Did one of these projects peak your interest? Give it a try! Who knew that tires could be used for decor, storage, sitting, and family fun?
Until next time,