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Porches & Outdoor Rooms

With spring right around the corner, what better way to get ready than by planning your outdoor decor? Whether you live in freezing temperatures or a hot climate, bring outdoor style to your home!

This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged to get creative with outdoor furniture and decor to makeover a space, whether indoors or outside.

1. With limited outdoor space, small-space solutions are key as Anna Moseley of Ask Anna knows. We’re dreaming of sipping a cup of tea at the Camrose Farmhouse Mosaic Tile Top Table.

2. When winter chill is still in the air, bring the outdoors inside. Marie Chorak of Blooming Homestead styles an Outdoor Serving Cart with Porcelain Round Bowls, Square Bowls, and Acacia Wood-Top Jars for movie night!

3. Let your home reflect the changing seasons. Taryn Whiteaker of Design, Dining and Diapers gives her living room a rustic and earthy feel with Nautical Iron Lanterns!

4. Don’t worry about the time! Shannon Fox of Fox Hollow Cottage leaves her Galvanized Wall Clock inside and uses Small Galvanized Bins to organize before guests arrive.

5. Beautify your front porch and make a dazzling first impression! Beth Hunter of Home Stories A to Z dressed hers up with a blue Damask Indoor/Outdoor Rug.

6. A go-to table setting for everything from family brunch to girls night is essential! Gloribell Lebron of I Don’t Know How She Does It sets the Farmhouse Mix and Match Steel Dining Table with Teal Medallion Bowls and the Ashmoor Dinnerware Set.

7. A few pops of color go a long way to brighten up a space! Kelli Mullins of Lolly Jane spices up her outdoor area with a Medallion Outdoor Toss Pillow, a Bird Outdoor Toss Pillow and a Native Outdoor Toss Pillow.

8. Jen Migonis of Migonis Home brings outdoor pizazz inside with this navy and white Woven Fringe Throw.

9. Talk about comfort AND style! Monica Benavidez of Monica Wants It spruces up her patio with these fun Deep Seat Pillow Backs and a Leaf Outdoor Toss Pillow.

10. How would YOU use a Galvanized 2-Tier Organizer? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife shows off how she keeps her office supplies neat.

11. Get ready for outdoor get-togethers by using cute decor to serve food! Amy Bell of Positively Splendid uses the Galvanized 2-Tier Round Stand  to hold chips and show off the adorable Melamine Medallion Berry Bowls! To top it off, she uses a Small Round Stand/Bucket to hold a 2-Gal Mason Dispenser for fresh-squeezed lemonade.

12. What better way to decorate your porch than by adding some neutral tones? Debbie Westbrooks of Refresh Restyle placed a Medallion Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug on her porch to set the tone and used the Garden Outdoor Toss Pillow to add some pattern to her Camrose Farmhouse Industrial Chairs.

13. We can’t get over how cute Kierste Wade of Simply Kierste‘s winter porch looks! Add some light to your evenings with the 20-Count Clear Glass Globe String Lights and Crossbar Metal Outdoor Lanterns. She even uses an 18″ Faux Wicker Planter to hold firewood for cold nights.

14. Bring the outdoors inside like Kim Demmon of Today’s Creative Life! Use Flameless LED Pillar Candles to light these Galvanized Lantern Candle Holders with Rope!

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Flea Market Chic-Outdoor Bar Ideas

Summer really wouldn’t be summer without time spent outdoors enjoying the company of family & friends. Backyard parties & weddings have become a chic venue these days as well as using flea market finds to create stylish outdoor spaces perfect for such events. Whether you are a planner or a last minute party kind of person like myself everyone needs an outdoor bar. When you have versatile pieces to use for serving drinks and food then throwing together a summertime soiree seems effortless. The great part about using vintage items to create an outdoor area is, not only will it give a casual rustic charm but it will also be affordable.

I recently decorated my front porch for summer and used some flea market touches along with some new items to make the space feel inviting. I created a beverage station with a simple tray & stand but it got me thinking about using a luggage stand and making a simple tray to fit. Anything that has good height and easy mobility is perfect especially for a small space.

Summer Farmhouse Front Porch & Bar Cart


Another great design element to look for when shopping for vintage items for outdoor use is anything with casters. The idea of being able to transport a piece from indoors to out can be bring functionality all year long. And when you do find that perfect piece you aren’t afraid to give it a pop of color that gives it some character, like these below.

Antebellum Bridal Luncheon Vintage Mint Bar Cart


Pretty Screened Porch by The Chronicles of Home


BHG Outdoor Beverage Cart


A larger piece like a dresser or buffet can also be ideal for outdoor entertaining. It can give you ample space to host a variety of items for serving. I love how these creative hosts used the draws for extra storage and made use of every inch of space. Although pretty, these pieces will weather so be sure to either bring them inside or keep them protected against the elements after the event.Creative Beverage Station from Southern Weddings


Summer wedding decor idea for outdoor receptions from Archive Vintage Rentals


Stone Gable-use an old dresser as an outdoor beverage station


If you are tight on space the perfect solution is to go vertical. What a clever idea to use an old door for a beverage station. Adding shelves completes the piece and gives it that functionality every bar needs. Painting it all one color makes it feel fresh & cohesive.

Our Southern Home Outdoor Bar Cart


Are you inspired to go vintage for your next backyard party?

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful week!

Jen-City Farmhouse

10 Fantastic Patio Makeovers

Trend: 10 Fantastic Patio Makeovers

My husband and I are prepping to tear down our terribly ugly (and sort of already falling down) detached garage real soon, so it got us thinking about all the things we can do with the extra space we will have in our tiny backyard! We definitely need a patio to entertain and host dinners in the summer, but will we do pavers or lay down some concrete? Maybe stones with pebbles filling in the cracks? Should we just go with grass? What about a covered area since it rains 9 months of the year in Portland? So many decisions to make and that’s what this weeks DIY inspiration is all about. Take that boring patio from blah to wow! Check out the inspiration below to get started on your own patio transformation.

1. I an in LOVE with this urban patio makeover (I want that yellow chair), on East Coast Creative Blog.

Urban patio makeover, on East Coast Creative Blog.

2. Update thrifted items to create an amazing outdoor space to hang with your friends, from Liz Marie Blog.

Update thrifted items to create an amazing outdoor space, from Liz Marie Blog.

3. You have to check out the whole outdoor makeover here (they did a ton of great work), from The Handmade Home.

You have to check out the whole outdoor makeover here, from The Handmade Home.

4. Update a patio with some colorful furniture and accessories, from Hi Sugarplum.


5. A fresh coat of paint goes along way with this makeover, from Smitten Studio.

This makeover is fantastic, from Smitten Studio.

6. This covered patio transformation is pretty amazing, from DIY Show Off.

This covered patio transformation is pretty amazing, from DIY Show Off.

7. Are you in an apartment and have a small patio? Then this makeover is for you, from The Apron Blog.

Are you in an apartment and have a small studio? Check out this makeover, from The Apron Blog.

8. This homeowner really created a wonderful retreat in their backyard, from BHG.

This homeowner really created a wonderful retreat in their backyard, from BHG.

9. This deck update is so wonderful and really brightens up the backyard, from Fabric Paper Glue.

This deck update is so wonderful, from Fabric Paper Glue.

10. This tiny backyard makeover is perfect, from Sugar and Cloth.

This tiny backyard makeover is perfect, from Sugar and Cloth.

Are you happy with your backyard, or does it need a major makeover?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Yay. It is finally Spring. Here in Oregon we still have cold weather and a bit a lot of rain, but we also have a few warm-ish days mixed in here and there. I’m very ready to jump outside and get started. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been collecting outdoor ideas like crazy. Below I’m going to share a few DIY’s I’ve been gathering for my inspiration board.


DIY Candle Sticks, on A Subtle Revelry.


Hanging Basket Garden DIY, by Smile and Wave for A Beautiful Mess.


Wood Plank Door Mat, on How Does She.


Filing Cabinet Turned Garden Tools Organizer, on Trash to Treasure Blog.


Mini herb garden made from a hanging planter, The Paper Mama on BHG.

Outdoor table cooler DIY, on Domesticated Engineer.


Make some lovely stepping hypertufa leaf stones, on BHG.


Outdoor Pallet DIY table, on Joy Ever After.


Green garden bench made from two chairs, on Mak and Jill.


Revamped Outdoor Chair, on The Paper Mama.


DIY Vertical Planter, on Sweet Bella Roos.


Outdoor Toy Organizer, on Random Thoughts of a Supermom.


Modern Neon Concrete Block Planter, on Modernly Wed.


Hanging Planter Outdoor Pendant Light, on Design Sponge.


Are you ready for this lovely weather?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


P.S. Photos from the first image are from: Domesticated EngineerA Beautiful MessA Subtle RevelryThe Paper Mama, & Trash to Treasure Blog

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