In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
Graphic designer Tobe Reed of Because It’s Awesome has great taste and an eye for design, so we knew she would make a fantastic addition to our Patio Style Challenge. She started her patio makeover with a pair of simple stained Adirondack chairs and created a beautiful new outdoor space with a casual, relaxed vibe. Tobe explains how just a few, small changes made all the difference in her patio makeover.
Winter weather has certainly lingered this year in Kansas City! Now that the cold seems to (finally) be on its way out, I am eager to spend lazy mornings and warm evenings on our patio. Having moved from a loft in the city center in late 2011, we had a long way to go when it came to furnishing the house…including a pretty neglected outdoor space. Here’s where we were last year:
Yikes. Showing this pic is painful. Even though we’d amassed some unique pieces and had the casual vibe we were looking for, our outdoor living area had a long way to go. We kept things mostly to the deck and weren’t taking full advantage of our sizable lower patio at all. So when our friends at The Home Depot called, we were up for a patio overhaul!
Keeping a casual, eclectic feel was important to us from the start because we love to entertain. While I thought I might go with a simple color scheme, I quickly realized that the color addict in me would have no such thing! A natural palette across the furnishings and a bevvy of worn, earthy terra cotta pots let plants and a few decorative elements do most of the heavy lifting in this space.
Nothing says stay and relax awhile like a good old fashioned Adirondack chair. We stained ours to coordinate with surrounding wood elements like our fence and deck posts. A couple of Hampton Bay pillows add a bright pop and a touch of comfort.
The evening air can still get pretty chilly here even in the dead of summer, so we knew we wanted to incorporate a heat source into the mix. It didn’t take long to settle on the Hampton Bay Collette Fire Pit. We love the copper look, the design detail and especially the large 36-inch bowl.
Since the fire pit replaced any kind of coffee table opportunity, we made sure to compensate with side tables by splitting up the sectional at the corner. We also painted and repurposed our previous woven fiberglass coffee table as an oversized side table since the space could handle it (as seen above). I love that, in addition to accommodating drinks or the occasional plate, it allows for potted plants and the ever-necessary citronella candle as well.
Swapping last year’s patio layout made sense from both a design perspective and for practicality purposes. Instead of facing the back door, we love that loungers now overlook the backyard.
And with our patio dining set moved to the upper deck, it’s easier access for carting delectables from the kitchen.
Needless to say, we are really looking forward to spending plenty of time out here in the coming months!
Because It’s Awesome founder Tobe Reed is a graphic designer, blogger and interior enthusiast with a penchant for quirky decor, unique spaces, showstopping art, and ultimately, all things awesome. A recent move with her husband from an urban loft to a two-story suburban treasure has her happily decorating and preparing for their growing family. The blog has become a place to share her many interests and life changes with like-minded style-savvy readers, which she really just considers friends she hasn’t had the pleasure to meet in person yet.