Whether you live coastally or not, wicker has made a huge come back. Once thought of as a seasonal material, is now being used both indoors and out, year round. Wicker has a unique & casual texture that blends seamlessly with any material. It can be found just about everywhere these days but if you want a real bargain, hit some yard sales or flea markets this summer. This woven material is so versatile, you can use your gently worn wicker finds as is or paint them for a fresh look.
Through the years I have collected my fair share of wicker. My personal instinct is to go neutral, either white, natural or dark brown. Sticking with neutrals, allows me flexibility to change things around and move pieces from room to room.
If neutral isn’t your thing, then go bold with your wicker. You can paint a single piece for a pop of color and repeat the tone with other accessories in the room or paint a set, even a grouping of chairs for continuity. Tip-if you can’t find that perfect color in a spray paint, try using a paint sprayer, that way you can customize your color.
If a softer palette is more your speed, how about a beachy blue? It’s slightly more bold than a neutral and still gives you plenty of design flexibility, plus what a style statement!
There may have been a time when you passed up that ornate wicker headboard at a yard or tag sale but not after seeing this bit of inspiration below. A perfect example of how a bold choice, both with color and design can create that wow factor.
In your travels this summer, you will most definitely find an array of baskets of varying sizes and colors. Keep in mind they can also be painted and better yet, even made into a light fixture .
For more insight & tips into painting your wicker finds, click HERE.
Have a beautiful week,
With all the time spent outdoors in the months from spring to fall, I’m intrigued by the idea of outdoor living rooms. In the past, we’ve had a few diferent patio dining sets, but can I be honest? They rarely get used. There’s something about all the bugs in Oklahoma hanging around all that food that makes for a less-than-enjoyable outdoor dining experience. I find that if I were to do it all over again, I’d much rather have a comfy outdoor living room setup with chairs, a coffee table, and maybe a big beautiful umbrella for shade.
At our lake house, our gigantic front porch has provided ample opportunity for long evenings with friends and surveying the kiddos playing on the boardwalk. We designed the railing to double as a bench to allow for more seating, which is one of my favorite elements of the porch. We’re slowly accumulating some outdoor furniture; a pair of rocking chairs and some lanterns have made their way there, but there’s still room for more seating. Here are some of my favorite inspiration pics from BHG that I’ve pinned as I’m designing the space.
This screened-in porch above is very reminiscent of many of the homes in our lakehouse community. I love the enormous low sectional. This scene could easily be changed up with different pillows and accessories for any time of year. It feels summery and fresh with the pops of color brought in by the boho pillows, but come fall it would feel extra cozy with the addition of blankets and cableknit-covered pillows. The wood coffee table is big enough that you could add a couple of benches or floor cushions to accommodate other guests. (S’mores on the porch, anyone?)
The patio above is maybe the best of both worlds. It’s got a comfy built-in sectional to lounge on, but room for a dining table too. I’d probably want to pull that table up to the corner of the sectional for long, lounge-y brunches. But you could easily do a big round coffee table in lieu of the dining table or possibly a pair of stools like the ones below. And I love the texture that an outdoor rug provides underfoot.
Speaking of lounging, how dreamy is this rustic outdoor living space below? That big comfy daybed just begs you to bring out a stack of books and wile away the hours.
Instead of a coffee table, why not try an upholstered ottoman? Outdoor fabrics from companies like Sunbrella are perfect for the elements, not to mention kids and pets.
This stunning outdoor fireplace scene below would be so dreamy and relaxing once the weather turns cooler in the evenings. And how gorgeous are those stone pavers set in the grass? That’s a gorgeous solution in lieu of a rug.
This patio below feels party-ready with tons of outdoor cushions, a handy bar cart to keep snacks and drinks at the ready for guests, and a welcoming vibe with lanterns to welcome visitors.
Oh, and one last tip: as the summer months march on, now’s the perfect time to keep an eye out for sales on outdoor furniture and accessories. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as most stores are already prepping for their fall collections to launch, which means huge savings on all spring and summer items!
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.
2. Update thrifted items to create an amazing outdoor space to hang with your friends, 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.
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.
6. 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.
8. 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.
10. 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
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‘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.
What colors to you like to incorporate into your porch and patio decor?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Trend: Colorful Porch Perk-Ups
Add some color to your porch or patio with these 12 inspiring DIY ideas. Pillows, chairs, tables, and more! Enjoy!
Super Lovely DIY Porch Pillows, on A Beautiful Mess.
I’m absolutely in LOVE with this DIY Pallet Swing Bed, on The Merrythought.
Updated Outdoor Chairs, on Design Sponge.
Pretty Painted Patio Rug, on All Things Thrifty.
Wire Cloche Succulent Garden Terrarium, on DIY Showoff.
Pretty Patio Table with Interchangeable Centerpiece, on Craptastic.
For those tiny patios and porches: Little Patio Table Update, on Lovely Indeed.
Add a base support to an old screen door, paint it, and turn it into patio decor, on BHG.
Pallet Serving Tray, on Live Laugh Rowe.
Front Door Makeover, on All Things Mamma.
Outdoor Concrete Side Table or Stool, on The Paper Mama on BHG.
Recycled Wood Planter, Zelo Photo Blog.
I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to have the swinging porch bed in my yard. So comfy.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Trend: Mini Gardens
In need of a garden, but don’t have the space? No worries. I can help you out. I’m rethinking the hanging planter today. Instead of hanging, I’ve added some wire, moss, and some time to make a much more interesting addition to my little tiny home.
With a little bit of time you can recreate this. Here’s what you need:
- 1 hanging planter (with coconut liner)
- 1 twelve inch section of hardware cloth
- Wire cutters
- 1 package of sheet moss
- Use a marker to trace a half circle onto your hardware cloth.
- Use your wire cutters to cut out your traced shape. Set aside.
- Cut your hanging planter coconut liner in half. Set aside.
- Use your pliers and wire to attach the cut our shape to the front half of your hanging planter. Tip: also fold back any sharp points sticking out on top.
- Optional: If you’d like plants to grow out the front of the planter, like mine, cut out a couple of uneven holes in the mesh.
- Flip the planter over and use your wire to wrap around the back of the planter (to hold in the moss).
- Line the back wire with your sheet moss. I do this so the moss shows, instead of the coconut liner.
- Add the coconut liner inside of the planter. If you’d like, cut out the some coconut liner shapes to cover the front mesh portion of the planter. I didn’t do this, but it may help retain water.
- Finish lining the inside of your hardware cloth with moss. When it’s all covered, start adding your plants…. starting with any plants that will be hanging on the side.
- Add moss onto any spots that may have disappeared under the dirt.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
P.S. Check out my inspiration for this project on Rancho Reubidoux.