How excited are y’all that Spring is finally here? Longer days and warmer weather…what’s not to love? And grilling out, of course. Which is one of our favorite things to do in the warmer months. And now that we have a patio it’s a whole lot easier.
So when the weather started to change I knew I needed to set up an outdoor dining space. But I wanted it to be more than a place to eat. I wanted it to feel cozy and inviting and comfortable. You know, more like an extension of our home. A place where we could have dinner or hang out with friends.
And it all started with this rug from DFO Home. When DFO Home approached me about working together I quickly realized it would be a good fit. DFO Home is a company that specializes in all things stylish for outdoor spaces. And the timing was perfect. Since our patio isn’t covered, I needed a rug that would be really heavy duty. When I saw the Istanbul rug I fell in love with it! And it inspired the whole look for the patio.
What I love about this rug is that it has a classic pattern, a boho chic vibe, and a great balance of colors. Even better, it’s made of recycled plastic which makes it perfect for an uncovered patio. And it feels great on bare feet!
This patio was basically a blank slate except for the pampas grass, and I love the way it kind of frames the front of the patio. But I decided to add some bamboo fencing to the side that’s near the street. Just to make it feel a little more closed in.
Since the patio is so small I didn’t want to enclose all of it. Plus, we’ll fence in the back yard eventually and I want to be able to see the dogs while they’re outside. I also added a couple of DIY posts in planters so that I would have a place to hang some lights. I mean, you have to have lights, right?
The table was a gift from my best friend (how sweet is she?) and it just happened to be the perfect size. Since I wanted more of a “dining space” look I opted against typical outdoor chairs and mixed my gold bamboo chairs with two of my ghost chairs.
And because I felt like it also needed a seating area I added this bench. I only had to sand about a million coats of paint off so I could stain it. But it was worth it. I wanted it to pop against the grey siding and I think it grounds the whole space. Then I added a garden stool in front of it, as a spot to rest a drink or prop your feet.
And of course, I had to add some pillows, plants, and wall art. These are the things that really add character and make a space comfortable. You add those things to your indoor spaces so why wouldn’t you use them outside too?
I took most of these pictures as the sun was setting, because that’s my favorite time be outside. Plus I love the glow of the lights. But here are a couple of shots of the patio during the day.
And because I love a before and after…
I would like to thank DFO Home for providing the rug that inspired this spring patio makeover. It’s truly a great rug for an outdoor space. Since I’ve taken these photos, the rug has been rained on, had glass broken on it, and wet soil spilled on it. And it still looks brand new.
*** This post accurately describes my experience with this rug and all opinions are my own.