Sprucing Up Our Outdoor Patio

Hi friends! Hope y'all had a great weekend. It was another one for the "perfect summer weekend" books around our house. David and I played hooky and took a vacation day from work on Friday. We spent the day sharing a date with roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia. It was so much fun! We spent Saturday at the lake with dear friends and Sunday lazing around and getting stuff done around the house. It really doesn't get much better than that!

One thing we have had so much fun doing lately is spending time on our back patio. We bought a new grill last month and spend most of our nights grilling supper and hanging out in the back yard unwinding. At our old house, we had such a great outdoor entertaining space- the covered screened-in porch, the patio and fire pit and, of course, the swimming pool! Our digs aren't quite as nice here in our rental house, but we are trying to create a space for outdoor entertaining that is just as fun and inviting.

To get the party started, I just bought this new outdoor rug from Lulu & Georgia. Don't you love it?! I'll share more about it once I get it in the next few weeks.

I also just bought some new outdoor lights at Target. They fit under our table umbrella and create such a romantic, starry vibe! I'd say it was $10 well spent!

Of course, once I start adding a few new items into the mix, my brain starts going crazy with other ways I can spruce up our outdoor space. It's kind of like If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. Except my cookie is a rug. A crazy hawt red toned bad$$ rug! So, I decided to throw together an inspiration board with some of my ideas.
Outdoor SpacePottery Barn Rope Outdoor Dinnerware, Terra Cotta / Pottery Barn Live Herb Garden / 9' Orange Chevron Umbrella / Multi Stripe Chevron Tray / Driftwood Hurricane Candleholders / Twisted Driftwood Hurricane Candleholders / Tangiers Kelim Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Flame / Pottery Barn Hanging Mason Jar

Ohhh yeah. I think I want it all. What's interesting and fun about this design board is that it's... red! I never use red in my decor, although I love it. For some reason, in my home, I tend to use grays and blues and whites, etc. I'm glad I'm finally throwing in a dash of fun red, even if it is outdoors!

On my list: colorful outdoor dinner and serving ware, a new umbrella (LOVE this chevron version which is on sale right now!), a collection of sea-inspired candle holders and some greenery like this herb box. That's not too bad, right? Only a few fun things and, hello, we've got a party on my back porch. Bring it on, summer!
Speaking of fun outdoor parties, my girl Cassie recently took part in a Pottery Barn challenge. She set up a fabulous Mexican fiesta outdoor party as part of the challenge, which also happens to be a fun competition between other bloggers. Go check out her adorable set up and then cast your vote for her here!
Have you updated your outdoor space lately? Got any fun sources? Do share!


  1. I am obsessed with that rug, it is gorgeous!! I've been envisioning something similar for myself too. Lulu and Georgia is fantastic!!



  2. We are on the same page today! So fun. I love that rug. In the market for lights for our patio, too. Bright colors on our front porch but our patio needs some love. I am too lazy to do the weeding first! Can't wait to see all you do.

  3. Slightly obsessed with that rug! It is awesome...and it is always amazing to me how a little lighting outside can go a long way!

  4. Love your inspiration pieces! I'd love to add some more color and furniture to our patio too! It's looking a little sad.

  5. now i want an outdoor area to redo. and my whole bedroom redo started with one thing. if you give this mouse a cookie, i will want all the desserts.

  6. I plan on getting an outdoor rug for my new deck I want to build before Xmas. It really makes it more cosy and inviting, just like being indoors :)

  7. I have the same outdoor rug on my back deck! I found it here but I'm sure it is the same: http://fabhabitat.com/index.php/world-collection/fab/lhasa-orange-and-violet.html I've had it for over a year and it is still love it. Can't wait to see pictures of your patio.

  8. Yayayay! So excited to see this little outdoor space come to life!

  9. Love Lulu & Georgia and seeing this little space transform! That rug really transforms the space!

  10. Thanks so much for featuring us! We love what you did with the space!

  11. LOVE that rug! Outdoor spaces are so fun to decorate!


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