5.30.2012

Operation "Loungify the Patio”








Last week I mentioned a that I've been working on our patio for a fun little project...

Those kind and helpful purveyors of all things home improvement, Home Depot, invited me (along with several other design bloggers) to style our outdoor spaces around one of their seating sets, and the final product is officially up today over on the Home Depot blog.

I chose that hunk of burnt orange loungey goodness above as my jumping off point for transforming our little back patio from "sadly neglected wasteland" to "lounge central". Out went the uncomfortable metal furniture that nobody ever sat on, and in went all sorts of furry/textured bits to up the cozy factor.

As a point of reference (and because before and after photos are fun), here is a snap of our patio from four-years ago in all its uncomfortable (dim, slightly dreary) metal furniture glory...


Re: this photo, it also should be noted that I searched for over an hour through all my past posts (over 1500 holy hell I've had this blog for a long time) to find this particular photo, so determined I was to show you some "before" action. And during that hour (who am I kidding, it was two hours), I teared up more than once (and not just because I couldn't find the damn photo). It was an emotional jaunt down memory lane courtesy of the old blog. Those girlies of mine...they're big. They're not babies anymore. (Case in point, that's Audrey up there looking so little and Millie-esque.) It's freaking me out. Melancholy city friends. 

But back to the patio (and sorry for the massive digression)... Pre-operation loungify, we never sat out there. Now, we're out there all. the. time. We are officially patio dwelling peeps. Morning coffee, evening G&Ts, plowing through a massive stack of magazines on Saturday morning, hanging with the girlies and Bryan, typing this post. I never want to leave the freaking patio. I'd sleep out there if I weren't too chicken to sleep outside.

It's good stuff.

15 comments:

Victoria said...

Love it.

Torrie said...

i absolutely love it. every single bit of it. (i'd live out there too... for sure :))

molly lubs tompkins said...

i love, love, love it! with all your free time you could be an interior designer:) the comfy neutral pillows against the orange. the chalkboard. the pieces of driftwood leaning in the corner. the large lanterns with candles. that gold garden stool. and the beautiful mirror hanging. i love your style!

I dress myself said...

Love your patio. What is the overhead structure made out of? Is the patio attached to the living room? Can you give (and show) some details for us? Just love this space, and yes, I would also be living out there if I had a patio as beautiful!

UrbanChiqueNess said...

Joslyn,
Looks fantastic, beyond fabulous. I would sleep there too. So comfy and "Chique"! Loved the post on Home Depot to get the inside scoop. I can't believe the couch is from there, looks like DWR.
Enjoy your long summer nights out there!
xo
E

ale norris said...

Joslyn, it looks awesome! My husband and I just re-did our backyard also, and we've had so much fun hosting people and lounging out there. Enjoy it!

-ale @ http://24thru30.blogspot.com

Mary said...

Wow that is awesome. I would definitely spend all my time out there too!

About Last Weekend said...

Gorgeous, love the gold and wood and insidey bits like the rug. This is what we need to do to our front deck, we hardly ever go out there - different reason, its open to the neighbours and too bright...

Leah said...

truly fantastic!!

kelly christine said...

well i already thought your back patio/backyard looked amazing... NOW it is absolutely incredible! great job, jos. miss you guys. especially seeing that photo of tiny-audrey. i thought it was millie! xoxoo

kelly christine

chiara said...

You just added so much living space! That's incredible. I would live there too. It looks great, hope you and your family enjoy!

Honey Mamma said...

Absolute Fabulousity <3

rachel @ blackeiffel said...

oh my gorgeous.

Nomadic D. said...

It looks amazing! It honestly took me a few minutes to wrap my head around the fact that it was an outside space, it looks so cozy and comfy, in a way that I thought only living rooms could! Just goes to show my own patio-ignorance. Seriously though, it looks amazing, I'm truly inspired.

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

Barbie // Fringe and Feathers said...

Um, I want to move in!! Beautiful and cozy! What a great space