You guys!! Today is a fabulous day here on the blog because I finally get to share our cozy summer patio transformation. Cue all the jazz hands. This is actually a space we’ve been working on for the past month and I’m just SO excited to finally have it all finished and ready to enjoy this summer. And you won’t believe how different the before and after photos are for this project. I mean, when we got started this area was basically the ugliest, most neglected outdoor space ever. Really. It was nothing but dirt, rocks, and lots of weeds. It was pitiful. We wanted to fix it up last summer, but it just wasn’t in the budget so we pushed it off. But this year we decided to make it a priority and I am SO glad we did because it’s seriously become our favorite spot to hang out. It’s so cozy and it’s the perfect place to relax with a cup of ice coffee (or three). Ok, enough rambling. Let’s get started with a photo of how this area looked just before:
See, I told you. It was pitiful. I’m embarrassed actually. But let’s see how it looks now:
Quite the change, right?! It’s kind of amazing to see how this empty patch of dirt and rocks has been transformed into the coziest little outdoor living space. We started by pouring basic concrete, which was honestly the most expensive part of this entire thing. Tell me, why is concrete SO darn expensive?! That was the part that was holding us back from doing this project last summer because we just couldn’t stomach the price tag. This time around we talked about doing pea gravel or even just mulch, but concrete was ultimately what we decided on and I’m SO glad we went that route. Even though it did cost a fortune. Kidding. Kind of.
After the concrete was done I knew I wanted to make this space as cozy and livable as possible. I mean, we want to spend as much time out here as we can this summer and that means we need COMFY furniture. I looked at a ton of different options, but we went with this four piece sofa set from Joss & Main. The reviews were all great and I love that this set has a very cozy, living room feel. I like the sofa/arm chair combo, so this is exactly what I was looking for. And it’s SO comfortable too. We absolutely LOVE it.
It’s always been our dream to have some kind of fire pit in this space, so that was a must for this makeover. We decided on this gas fire pit table and we are basically obsessed with it. It’s great because you can enjoy the fire without the smoke smell or the hassle of actually making a fire like some kind of caveman. You simply flip the switch and BOOM. Instant fire. It’s just so easy. And easy is good.
I tried to keep the extra decor and “stuff” out here to a minimum because I just wanted this space to be simple and comfortable. You know what I mean? I don’t want to worry about things blowing around when the wind gets up or when rain blows in. I just want it easy and livable out here, so I kept it really basic with just a few potted plants, a couple pillows, and that’s about it.
This is the first big outdoor project we’ve taken on and I have to say, it was totally worth it. We’ve been practically living out here lately and it’s just so cozy. It feels weird using the word cozy to describe an outdoor summer patio, mostly because I think of cozy as being more of a winter-y/cold weather kinda word, but that’s really the vibe in this space. It’s just so darn comfortable. And it basically feels like an outdoor living room, which is pretty much the best thing ever and a HUGE improvement over the pile of dirt and weeds that was here before!
Well thanks for stopping in to check out our little summer patio transformation. Let me know if you have any questions!! xo
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