We are headed into summer with our May Patio and Porch Pinterest Challenge. Cindy at County Road 407 chose a beautiful summer front porch for our inspiration. This porch was designed by Bria Hammel Interiors and is filled with inspiration.
If you are stopping by from Katie’s blog welcome!
I am so excited to see what the other ladies do with this challenge because I have to admit I struggled with my summer patio. But, what I love about our monthly challenges is they provide inspiration for all of us.
Our flagstone patio is right outside our kitchen. It is a smaller section of our larger patio.
As soon as we had our Dutch door installed last week I wanted to repaint my house and start over with this side of the patio. Thankfully, the Pinterest Challenge kept me focused on simple changes.
The back patio gets all the traffic because it is the key entry and exit point to our backyard. This square-shaped patio borders a step and walkway that takes the dogs and us to and from the front yard.
On the other side of the patio are two steps that lead to a firepit and farmhouse table I refinished a few years ago.
What I loved about the inspirational photo was the mix of color and textures.
Favorite Back Patio Elements Included:
- metal planters (love them)
- rug (on order)
Let me start with those gorgeous metal planters! I would love those under the window on my patio.
I loved the use of ferns. But, the Colorado weather makes it nearly impossible to grow ferns on a west-facing patio.
I dragged this planter urn next to the back door to add a little color. It also acts as a backstop to the grill that is just around the corner. I need to add height to this planter using this idea.
I love boxwood and it does surprisingly well in Colorado.
Next, I rearranged the wicker chairs to create a little seating area.
I made a run to Home Depot on Sunday and purchased a few shrubs to add to this cement planter I bought at Homegoods last summer. The planter defines the space because of the walkway and oversized step behind it.
I purchased a fun plaid mat at Target for under $15.00, but when I placed it under the coir mat I thought the dogs would trash it in a day. So I moved that mat to the front porch with a goal to add a larger mat for the back patio. I ordered this mat for the back patio. It is washable. #wink
My absolute favorite addition to the summer porch is this cute little Magnolia birdhouse from Target.
I brought the bench around from my front porch. Either the bench is too low or the accessories are too short. I moved another bench around from the firepit and placed it under the kitchen window. What do you think?
Too many benches?
This was a fun challenge because seeing my photos on my blog pointed out what I want in this small space. Stay tuned.
I am not done with this Summer Patio Pinterest Challenge. #wink
Please head over to Cindy’s blog Cloches and Lavender for more inspiration!
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