The Finished Patio (with the tile!)
The patio is FINISHED and I’ve truly never been happier sitting in, staring at, and entertaining in a space. If you saw the post yesterday we styled it out with 100% Target, but then the next week (when the tile finally came in) we redid it and I styled it differently because House Beautiful.com picked up the story and I wanted it to feel more editorial and styled out.
When I looked at the photos from the first shoot I realized that the lemon/lime trees just did’t pop as much as I had wanted. Sure, if they were blooming and dripping with fruit that would be one thing, but they looked just green. So we are planting them in the garden (right now they are flanking the front door) and instead I went to the nursery and got these GORGEOUS climbing roses and flowering trees.
If you are a garden expert you’ll wonder why they aren’t trained to the wall, but just know that they will be tomorrow (we kinda rigged them for now).
We kept almost all the furniture Target, but switched out the dining chairs. Like I said yesterday that loveseat is extremely comfortable and is wiping up really easily, and that pouf is obviously a good one for multiple spaces. We brought a couple indoor pillows out (that black and white with tassels from Target, and my favorite round blush linen from Canvas home), and then I borrowed that stunning throw from Lost and Found LA.
The copper stool is more for indoor use and we haven’t left it in the rain yet, but I just love it out here so much so that is where it’s living for now. That copper is the perfect accent to all the blue/taupe/black and blush.
The day before the shoot I found this antique french marble table from Rolling Greens and realized that the patio was missing something old and special. I borrowed it for the shoot and then once it was here, I was like yah, thats not going back … It was $695 which is actually not a bad price, despite it being a lot of money. Returning it was going to cost $100 via messenger so I justified that it was really only $595 (my skills for rationalizing purchases is remarkable).
But I LOVE it and it’s super functional because we needed a table for food/buffet and drinks. We still have the bar cart but when people are over, we need a bit more counter space.
For the first shoot I used the 6 matching club chairs, but for this I switched them out for other Target chairs that I loved, too.
I felt like these black windsor chairs and the peacock chairs are in a way edgier and ‘cooler’ although I prefer the comfort of the club, so we have switched them back. I am keeping these black windsor chairs for dinner parties because they stack and are easy to store.
The peacock chairs technically aren’t outdoor chairs so I didn’t feel great about leaving them out all year, plus they didn’t look as good combined with the club chairs. I’m sure you’ll see the table, club chair, and tile combo in upcoming shoots.
Many of you commented on the wood bird, so lets address them now. I bought a pair of those at the Rose Bowl a few months ago. They were expensive ($650) but I knew that I wanted a heavy dose of whimsy somewhere out there (it’s my english granny talking). I texted Brian if we needed them (without the price, of course) and he was like ‘oh yea, those are awesome’. I did have a case of the ‘once in a lifetime’ which is a typical Flea market syndrome, and I knew that if I were to find these at a Garden store in LA they would be $1200 for the pair. So I pulled the trigger after getting them down to $600 (which somehow felt way more manageable at $300 a piece). The other one is on my front stoop, really setting the tone for who we are.
We styled out the table with some things that I already had (the pitcher/vase and lantern) and then added a few things to help it feel more lived in.
That copper shaker is from Nickey Kehoe, the runner is from Lost and Found, black and white blanket and wood beads from Target and the Galvanized tray from Rolling Greens. I ended up buying the blue glasses (that color!) from Lost and Found, the tray (outdoor trays are hard to find) and the candle holder from Potted.
That tile proves the point that if you splurge on one amazing high impact, overall thing (like tile or wallpaper) decorating the rest of the space is so easy and you can get pieces that are affordable and big box and it still looks special. I’ve always said that if it’s the right style for your house, wallpapering or adding one overall amazing pattern (or mural in my case) makes everything easier.
For the flowers I did a combination of plurge-worthy peonies (thank god it’s peonies season and they aren’t $15 a stem) and some wildflowers and sweet pea’s. I went with a soft color palette but then punched it up with some darker flowers.
All the pretty stone pots are from a nursery in pasadena called ‘Lincoln Avenue Nursery’ and it’s where I bought all the plants, too. I used a combination of those gorgeous climbing roses, and then some various shrubs and vines.
Eventually we want to put a built-in bbq at the end but for this summer we’ll probably either pull the bbq up here, or do it directly in the garden.
My friend Pete from Deluxe Plants did the garden (stay tuned on that) but we added some color with those pink flowers for this shoot.
Huge thanks to Erik and Emily (styling assistants) for literally planting all those rose bushes and pots, as well as doing every single other thing around my house that is needed.
And always Tessa Neustadt for taking gorgeous photos. We had terrible light that day – dark and gloomy, with nary a dapple of sun to be seen. But she made it look happy and bright.
If you want to see the House Beautiful feature head on over to their site.
In case you want to see the patio in action, pre-tile, watch this:
And if you are interested in this look – here you go!
1. Pink Napkins | 2. Table Runner (similar) | 3. Rose Gold Flatware | 4. Wingback Chairs | 5. Dining Table | 6. Windsor Chairs | 7. Copper String Lights | 8. Black and White Striped Blanket | 9. Wooden Beaded Garland | 10. Tile | 11. Pink Square Pillow | 12. Black and White Tassel Pillow | 13. Pink Round Pillow | 14. Black and White Striped Lumbar Pillow | 15. Blue Water Glass | 16. Pink Tall Glass | 17. Metal Serving Tray (similar) | 18. Ceramic Colander | 19. White Pitcher (similar) | 20. Lantern Sconce | 21. Wine Glass | 22. Footed Pink Glass | 23. Ceramic Appetizer Plate (similar) | 24. Scalloped Small Plate (similar) | 25. Marble Top Small Table (similar) | 26. Footed Vase (similar) | 27. Lidded Vase | 28. Cement Mushrooms | 29. Round Cutting Board (similar) | 30. White Bowl (similar) | 31. Gray Stripe Table Cloth | 32. Gray and Cream Striped Napkin (similar) | 33. Copper Bottle | 34. Blue Turkish Hand Towel (similar) | 35. Marble and Wood Cheese Board | 36. Bar Cart | 37. Woven Basket (similar) | 38. Tall Copper Lantern | 39. Short Copper Lantern | 40. Black Planter (similar) | 41. Stone Urn Planter (similar) | 42. Loveseat | 43. Copper Side Table | 44. Blue and White Striped Blouse | 45. Blue Throw Blanket (similar) | 46. Woven Pouf | 47. White Jeans | 48. Sandals