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Sweet Freedom! We are now free to dine, read, explore and just plain watch the world outside now that spring is finally here! Priority number one – refreshing the place where you will want to spend all your time in the coming months. The fun in refreshing your outdoor area is to think of them as extensions of your living space. There’s just something about outdoor spaces that allows us to be less rigid and much more playful. With easy-to-please greenery as a backdrop, outdoor rooms are the perfect place to experiment with color!

Layering a bevy of patterns with varied scales, textures and colors will create a place that invites everyone to linger. I love, love this image because of all the subtle things going on with pattern here. There is pattern in the pillows, the candle holders, the baskets, the rug, and even in the lighting. This is all creating a very rich look with a ton of depth. If pattern has not quite been for you in the past, this is an amazing example of how you can embrace pattern without feeling too bold.

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Keeping to a tight color palette is also a great way incorporate lots of great pattern without feeling like the pattern is overwhelming the space. Be sure to vary the scales of the patterns you will use in the same space. It is always a good idea to mix in some solid and textured pieces as well so that the eye has several chances for some visual rest.

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Don’t neglect those toes! Outdoor rugs are a wonderful way to bring some pattern to your outdoor space. Have fun here! Be bold! Do something you may not necessarily do inside your home. Do consider the texture as well if you are like me and spend most of the season without shoes! This is a great example of how to pair something very rich and dense (the rug) with a pattern that is more open and airy – the pillow.

Whether your outdoor room craves a little color or a lot, even a few well-placed hits of texture and pattern can infuse your space with winning charm.

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure


8 DIY Ideas to Transform a Dull Backyard/Patio on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Trend: 8 DIY Ideas to Transform a Dull Backyard or Patio

The rain is slowing down a bit here in Portland, so I’m ready to start spending some time out in my yard. Since we tore down our detached garage last Fall my husband and I are exploring the Internet to find inspiring ideas to help makeover the yard. It’s currently a mud pit, but we shall change that soon! Below you will find 8 ideas I found this week that really inspired us.

1) Check out these 7 great ideas to create a stylish backyard. This before and after is so amazing. Found on One Kings Lane.

Check out these 7 great ideas to create a stylish backyard. This before and after is so amazing. Found on One Kings Lane.

2) Learn how you can create an outdoor living space in your backyard, on BHG from Tiny Sidekick.

Learn how you can create an outdoor living space in your backyard, on BHG from Tiny Sidekick.

3) A little landscaping, some paint, furniture, and some pretty decorations came together to for this patio makeover. Found on The DIY Playbook.

A little landscaping, some paint, furniture, and some pretty decorations came together to for this patio makeover. Found on The DIY Playbook.

4) I love how this blogger broke down all the costs for their backyard makeover. Check out how they did this on a small budget! Found on Beginning in the Middle.

I love how this blogger broke down all the costs for their backyard makeover. Check out how they did this on a small budget! Found on Beginning in the Middle.

5) This patio is bland no more. The added furniture and pops of color take this patio from blah to wow! Found on the Home Depot blog.

This patio is bland no more. The added furniture and pops of color take this patio from blah to wow! Found on the Home Depot blog.

6) See how an architect transformed this barren front yard into a comfortable outdoor living room, found on the LA Times blog.

See how an architect transformed this barren front yard into a comfortable outdoor living room, found on the LA Times blog.

7) If you already have a nice patio built, just add some colorful furniture to spruce things up. Found on Remodelaholic.

If you already have a nice patio built, just add some colorful furniture to spruce things up. Found on Remodelaholic.

8) You don’t need to buy all new furniture and decor to decorate your backyard, check out how this backyard was transformed with thrifted items. Found on the Liz Marie blog.

You don't need to buy all new furniture and decor to decorate your backyard, check out how this backyard was transformed with thrifter items. Found on the Liz Marie blog.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Hello, I am Aniko from Place Of My Taste. I am so thrilled to be here today to show you some really fun pallet projects as they are so in style and allow you to create a designer look within a budget. I hope these ideas will inspire you to go pick up some shipping pallets and create your own furniture. I will start the list off with our own creation. This fabulous and colorful outdoor space that we tackled last summer was featured in BHG magazine’s latest issue so you may have seen it already.

We created this fun outdoor room on a standard 10′ x 10′ deck. Previously we had a table with four chairs out here and it was OK, but can I be honest? We did not spend nearly as much time outside as we do now, since our cozy and inviting outdoor room came to life. The picture below shows you what the deck looked like before: plain and nothing exciting.

We have access to shipping pallets from our business, and that’s where the idea of recycling those pallets came from. We decided to build an L-shaped sectional into the corner of the deck, which is my favorite piece. It serves as a chaise lounge and couch.

We also built this nice coffee table out of pallets. We wanted to keep the umbrella as our patio gets lots of sunshine during the day, so we cut a hole in the middle of the table for the umbrella. It goes right into the umbrella stand that is hidden under the table.

Another really cool part of the deck is this fun flower hanger, featured below. It is just a single pallet that is leaning up against the railing. Sometimes the simplest ideas make the biggest impact.

Styling the deck was my favorite part of the project. I sewed pillowcases and a foam cover to finish up this cheery, colorful outdoor space.

Just recently we added some fun string lights to the deck, which added an extra cozy look to the already fabulous deck. Our family spends lots of time out here. It’s the perfect little paradise for those breezy summer nights.

I think pallets are easy to work with and the creativity with them is endless.
Here are some of my other favorite outdoor projects made out of pallets to get you inspired.
Look at this fun swing bed. Could you imagine laying on there and reading for hours? I totally could.
I love this DIY potting station. Fabulous.
You could also make this easy patio day bed using pallets.
And how abut this fantastic paradise? The colors are so fun and well-organized.
I hope you got inspired to get your hands on some shipping pallets and build something fabulous.

Get the instructions for these fun pallet projects here!


‘Tis the season for patio sitting and front porch rocking.Every year I look forward to the month of May when I get to clean off the deck, break out the patio furniture, fire up the grill, and plant a few flowers. There’s something about basking in the sun or dining al fresco that makes life just a little sweeter.

Every year I’m always on the hunt for inspiration when it comes to decorating my porch. I have fairly standard wrought iron furniture pieces, so I like to add in different colors to really bring the space to life. While I’ve tried a variety of colors over the years, one color I always return to is cherry red. I’m not sure why I love this bright and bold color for outdoor decorating. Maybe it’s because of the association with of geraniums or checkered tablecloths, but red instantly reminds me of summer fun with friends and family.

I especially loved this gorgeous screened-in porch. With a mostly neutral background, a few red chairs tucked around the table make this space instantly inviting. Today, I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite cherry red pieces that will add a bit of summer color to your home.

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What colors to you like to incorporate into your porch and patio decor?

Happy Decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


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