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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


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We’re in the midst of updating our backyard patio, especially now that our youngest is big enough to enjoy playing outside. We found a pair of chairs and a low outdoor coffee table on our local Craigslist for a steal and I’m amazed how a simple, relatively inexpensive update has brought us so much more enjoyment of our patio. And with a little creativity, you can create a beautiful outdoor living space for the whole family to enjoy as the weather turns warm. Here’s a roundup of 11 easy ideas to update your patio or porch.

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Use unexpected pieces to bring personality to your porch. An old trunk and mismatched side tables add a lot of style and function (think toy storage!). Plus they could easily be sourced from antique shops for not a lot of money and easily updated with a coat of paint.

ceiling fans southern porch

Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t have great lighting. In a covered porch or patio, set the mood with a pair of lamps flanking an outdoor sofa.

curtains on porch

Why not add outdoor curtains to your front porch? They’re a great way to block harsh sunlight and to provide privacy from too-close neighbors.

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String lights mounted overhead bring a soft warm glow to your evening dinner party. Wall-mounted sconces embedded in a greenery-laden wall bring an extra layer of polish to the dining space.

funky side tables

Have plenty of little side tables that can double as seating in a pinch. By choosing items that can do double duty, you get maximum bang for your buck.

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Outdoor pillows are a great way to provide a comfy place for your guests to relax. Don’t be afraid to have a rainbow of hues. These brightly colored pillows bring an all-white deck to life but stay chic since they’re all the same pattern. Remember – repetition is always your friend when it comes to design.

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A long low outdoor sofa is shaded under a broad outdoor umbrella. Sofas are a great way to offer a lot of seating and lounge space – it’s the perfect place to catch an afternoon nap in the breeze.

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Try an unexpected indoor element outside: a big round mirror is a beautiful addition to the brick wall and outdoor sofa.

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An indoor/outdoor rug will make any outdoor space feel more cohesive and intentional. Plus it will also keep your feet from burning on hot concrete.

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Have a consistent color scheme for your outdoor living room. Just like any interior room, a tight color palette will bring a sense of continuity and intention. Balance it with a neutral to give your eye a rest (like the white ceramic garden stool and clapboard walls of the house).

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Don’t be afraid to try upholstered furniture in outdoor fabrics, particularly on a covered patio. Specially designed to wick away moisture and resist fading, there’s a wealth of comfortable lounge furniture in a surprising array of fabrics. (via)

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Even the smallest of patios can be made extra cozy with the addition of fun textiles, an array of plants, and mood-setting lighting (check out those mismatched candelabras!). (via)

What are your favorite ways to beautify your outdoor space? Share in the comments!


With warm weather right around the corner, it’s time to get your back patio ready for outside entertaining. Al fresco dinners, lazy Sunday brunches, and afternoons hanging out with great friends and ice cold beverages are a delight when your patio has all the essentials. So what does a backyard patio need to be a success? I’ve thought of 5 things that are key to having a patio that is comfortable and well-appointed, and ready to tackle all of your outdoor entertaining needs this Spring and Summer.

Make sure your patio is outfitted for the summer season with these 5 essentials...

#1: Light

Good lighting is important for every room in your house, and it’s equally important outside of your house as well. Nothing kills a good backyard BBQ faster than pitch black darkness. But you don’t need flood lights to make a backyard patio fun and inviting. Some beautiful string lights, hanging paper lanterns, a collection of candles, and even a cute fire pit provide plenty of mood lighting for your backyard soiree, and add to the decor and ambiance too.

Every backyard patio needs pretty lighting!

SOLVINDEN Light Chain Globes
BORRBY Lantern
SOLVINDEN LED Solar-Powered Pendant Lamp
STABBIG Lantern
BROKÖ Fire Pit

#2: Seating

Comfortable seating is a must for any backyard patio. Whether you have a whole dining set complete with matching chairs and tables, or just lots of cute outdoor seats, a place for you and your guests to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery is essential.

Comfortable seating is essentail for your backyard patio

ÄNGSÖ Table with Arm Chairs and a Bench
ÄPPLARÖ Drop-Leaf Table and Reclining Chairs
KUNGSHOLMEN / KUNGSÖ Conversation Set
IKEA PS VÅGÖ Chair

#3: Greenery

If you aren’t blessed to have acres of rolling, green lawn and gorgeous trees, a touch of greenery is still important to make your backyard patio look lush and natural. And thanks to potted plants, you can add beautiful greenery regardless of your patio size. If you want plants that can live permanently on your patio, make sure you get outdoor plants that are appropriate for your climate. But even your potted houseplants will enjoy a little time in the fresh air. Just make sure you treat them gently–no direct sun, no extreme temperatures, regular watering.

Every back patio, large or small, needs beautiful greenery. Try adding some beautiful potted plants to your patio for a lush, natural touch.

DRACAENA MARGINATA Potted Dragon Plant
SPATHIPHYLLUM Potted Peace Lily
PACHIRA AQUATICA Potted Guinea Chestnut
CHAMAEDOREA ELEGANS Potted Parlor Palm
REVENEA Potted Majesty Palm

#4: Shade

No one likes sitting outside in the sun on a sweltering day, or trying to enjoy a drink and a nice conversation while the sunset is blinding them. A little shade is an important component for any backyard patio. Cute patio umbrellas and canopies can help you create shady spots in your yard that will help you enjoy your yard all day.

Every backyard patio needs a little shade. Canopies and umbrellas are great ways to add some easy shade.

SAMSÖ Umbrella
BAGGÖN / SVARTÖ Hanging Umbrella
DYNING Canopy

#5: Serveware

Well-appointed back patios are tailor made for entertaining, but most people don’t have a full-scale kitchen in their yard. Instead, make sure you have cute serving trays on hand so that you can easily carry drinks and snacks outside. Don’t rely on your stash of old cookie sheets! Get some cute serveware, and let the festivities begin!

Stock up on cute serving trays for this year

KVITTERA 3-Tiered Serving Platter
ROMANTISK Tray
PROPPMÄTT Chopping Board
APTITLIG Chopping Board
SOMMAR 2016 Tray
ARV BRÖLLOP Cake Stand with Lid

Is your backyard patio ready for summer entertaining? Find out what 5 essentials every backyard patio needs!

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


Now that spring is here, what better way to take advantage of the nice weather than to enjoy a cup of coffee (or wine) out on the balcony. Balconies are an extension of the home, and can provide a peaceful place to grab a bite to eat or a quiet location for curling up with your favorite magazine.

I am excited to partner with IKEA to share a variety of exciting ways to stylishly maximize a small balcony area, to ensure you are able to truly enjoy your outdoor living space while the weather, and the wine, is good!

IKEA Balcony

1. Select small scale furniture that is big on comfort. Oversized lounge chairs can quickly eat up limited balcony living area, so select pieces that are compact and can be sweetened by adding a throw cushion or two. Folding chairs that can hang in-between uses are extremely beneficial when space is tight, while outdoor cushions can triple as seating, a footrest or a table when paired with a tray. Another space saving solution is to utilize storage benches, which not only offer seating, but double as a place to stash away seasonal outdoor supplies.

Outdoor IKEA Balcony

2. Pull inspiration from your favorite street-side cafe and look for small bistro tables that are sized perfectly to hold dinner for two.

IKEA Balcony

3. Rolling carts are always a good idea, especially when it comes to outdoor entertaining. Although your table may be on the smaller side, roll out a small cart stocked with beverages and snacks or throw blankets and games for a perfect afternoon outside.

IKEA Balcony Tips

4. Take advantage of the area’s vertical space with the help of slender cabinets and shelving. Adding a cabinet to your balcony can provide you quick access to gardening supplies, grilling tools, outdoor serving pieces and seasonal textiles. The shelves can display greenery and lanterns day-to-day, and then set up as a serving station while hosting a few friends for dinner.

IKEA Balcony

5. Add life in the form of plants and herbs. By adding a few planters or a trellis, you are able to create some natural privacy for your balcony. Even if you live in the middle of a big city, planters and table top green houses make it easy to add some vegetable and herb plants to your balcony, and your home cooked meals.

IKEA Balcony

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For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


I don’t know what the weather has been like in the rest of the country, but here in western Oregon, it has been H-O-T this week! We are such wimps when it comes to warm weather that my kids think 70° is too hot, but it was in the mid-80′s today, so it was legitimately summery. And all of this warm weather has been longing for a dreamy back patio on which to spend the evening. We have some old patio furniture and gravel/weeds right now, so it’s not too inviting. But one of our house goals for this year is to get a concrete slab out back, to drag our furniture out there, and to string up some pretty globe lights. That will be enough for this year. Then we can work on making it really beautiful

I love how tihs patio looks comfortable and chic at the same time.

I think this photo is of my friend’s parent’s backyard. I can’t even see what’s going on anywhere else besides this little corner, but it looks amazing! Comfortable but so chic. [photo from Mae Woven on Instagram]

My dream patio would definitely have strings of globe lights.

I can’t even tell you how many pictures I have pinned or how many instagrams I have liked that have globe lights strung over an outdoor dinner table. It’s probably in the hundreds at least. It adds such an charming touch to a back patio. We actually already have the lights; we just need the space! [photo from Local Milk]

I would love to have this pool and patio combination in my backyard!

This is one of the first backyard photos I pinned when we started designing our house and backyard. I know it’s pretty extravagant, but I just love everything about it. The pool, the umbrellas, the patio, the landscaping. Gorgeous!! [photo from Houzz.com]

This dream house has a dreamy back patio with plenty of comfortable seating.

Everything about this back patio makes me weak in the knees, from the giant, rectangular umbrella over the table to the stone tile on the floor. I especially love the generous amount of comfy seating. [photo from the HGTV Dream Home 2015]

This swinging bed is like the grown-up version of hammock!

When I was growing up, my parents had a big hammock under the second story wrap-around balcony. It was in a nice, shady spot, and I loved taking naps in it on warm afternoons. This swinging bed is like a grown-up version of my childhood hammock. [photo from BHG]

So, tell me: what would your dream patio include? Does it have globe lights and lots of seating like mine? Or maybe a pergola or a built-in fire pit? Leave a comment and let me know!


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


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