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The Finished Patio (with the tile!) + Shop The Look

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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The lantern and pot are from Target, the cutting board and towel are from Dekor and the pink glasses from Lost and Found.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The bar cart played well on the other side of the room (where the bench was – which we moved down in the garden).

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We styled it out with a basket from Heath, lanterns from Target, an antique vase, colander from Nickey Kehoe and lots of pretty bottles of wine.  How cute are those mushrooms?

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Cheeseboard and pink glasses from Target, tiny little footed bowl from Foundry and the towel from Nickey Kehoe (which I had to buy because its so pretty).Emily-Henderson_House-Beautiful_Courtyard_Tile_Modern_English_Country_17

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There I am, looking as happy as can be in my new space. I hope you love it as much as we do. For more info on that tile head to this post, and to see it with 100% current Target product go here.

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.

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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!

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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

**Photos By Tessa Neustadt

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Erin

You have outdone yourself. So beautiful.

Tremendous job. Love it.

Danielle

From the last overhead shot I really do think it looks like a courtyard 😉 And a beautiful one! It’s truly magical.

Susie

I was thinking the same thing. The plants really help give it that effect. Emily, those tiles are amazing.

Courtyard Envy

Jumping up & down, while stomping my feet and hooting, “wooooohoooooo”!! This looks soooo beautiful and it’s yours, not a client’s. congratulations on everything:)

Right?! I had a very similar reaction – so much excitement, I don’t know what to do with myself! LOL

patricia

So very lovely! Shoe question, if you don’t mind….do those sandals fit true to size? love ’em.

Abby

I’m so obsessed with that tile!!!! it’s amazing!

Lisa

Well that’s gorgeous and I’m filing it away for when we can afford to do our back patio! How fun it must be to be out there in the evening.

Yes yes yes!!! I’ve been stalking your blog all morning, waiting for this post! So incredibly obsessed with this space – I am legit buying 99% of what you’ve recommended to recreate this look on our own deck, which, by the way, is almost finished (yay!).

I remember watching something on your Insta stories about the climbing roses and wanted to ask if maybe you had any tips for re-planting those babies. We recently discovered several humongous climbing rose bushes on our property, and I’m hoping to transplant a few to our pergola so they can wind themselves up the posts and ultimately the roof (so dreamy!).

On a similar note, we’re hosting my (first) baby shower on our (almost) finished deck very, very soon, and I’m wondering if it’s possible to temporary pin a few of those climbing roses to the pergola like you did with the rose bushes to your wall without ruining the plants.

Basically what I’m asking is this: PLEASE TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU LEARNED ABOUT THOSE CLIMBING ROSES! Haha But seriously…. Please?

S

Thank your ir including your fit cuz you girl, look stunning!!!!

You have mentioned a hair/makeup tutorial. I’m still holding my breath fir that one. I’d love to learn more!

Erin

I love this space!

Josh

This is really awesome, but honestly, I prefer the Target shoot over this. I do love the new tile thought. 🙂 Great job Emily!

Rachel

That tile is EVERYTHING. (And I hate when people say something is ‘everything’. Lol.)

Katie

I feel the same way and was gonna write the same thing! I kept looking at the stair transitions too because they did such a good job with it. Looks incredible!!

Rachel

I noticed that too!

kelly

gahh! your garden and patio is just straight up DREAMY! I wish we could live outdoors like that for more than a week or 2 in Missouri!

Jackie

LOVE! and that giant stone bird is the bee’s knees!

DBU

Oh so lucky, you can open all your windows completely…. I relocated from Europe to the States recently and, it may sound ridiculous, but I miss that so much (I have those vertical windows, so unpractical to clean), as well as real, non decorative, shutters…. You new place is gorgeous!!

How did you hang the copper string lights on along your house and the railings? I would love to know because I have a similar setting and would love to do this!! Thanks!! Beautiful space, I have been looking forward to this post!

Hilary

I’ve done something similar to what Emily did and here’s how I did it: on the house, I had gutters to work with, so I used gutter clips (like you’d buy for hanging holiday lights) and zip ties (the same color as the railing) to attach the lights to the railing.

DP

In one of the videos or pictures It looked like they used black zip ties to attach to the railing. I’ll have to watch the video again for the house connections. There are some Christmas light hangers that may be able to work or use screw in hooks made for outside use, like stainless steel.

guada

I need to become your friend so I can have a glass of rosé in there. Just LOVELY.

It’s truly a magical spot to dine and visit with friends and family. Lynne

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Arli

Now I see why you bought that house. What a gorgeous patio and yard….that you made extraordinary! I would move my bed outside and live there. Enjoy.

Mandy

I want to hang out on that patio/deck/courtyard/veranda and drink rose with my feet up! One question though, what’s the point of the wooden beads on the chair? You’d have to remove them to sit there comfortably…I guess I just don’t understand them or why they exist. They clutter up an otherwise beautiful table.

Bethnay

Pretty, but I too am confused by the beads, they seem forced and awkward…. Just odd.

Hands down those beads were my favorite part of the pictorial — already bought a strand! So many of us like to “fidget”; I know I, unfortunately, tend unknowingly to pull at my cuticles. A girlfriend of mine carries a handful of dice for herself to use as a fidget, while everyone who enters our house (it seems) is drawn to the soft silicone squeeze puffer fish toy, absentmindedly squeezing / pulling on its “spikes.” And so on. We all have Sensory tells. When I saw that garland I (literally immediately) thought “outside fidget!” A few of our outside pillows have tassels, tassels = fidgets, but those are over on our (outside) sofas and armchairs, so this will be an awesome (and welcome) addition to one of our (outside) dining tables. While I was on the Target site ordering the wood beads I saw a stoneware fish garland and ordered it, too. While it might not be the ideal fidget on our front patio our summer pillows are all fish inspired. Well, most of them. My youngest child loves looking at fish and when he could speak his favorite word to say was “sakana”, which is “fish” in Japanese. Plus… Read more »

Elizabeth

Beautiful space. Exactly what I want to add to my house. I’m curious if the tile is slippery when wet. This is my main hesitation with tile for outdoor spaces. If you could let me know, that would be SO great.

Jessica

What about that amazing stone statue?!

GGGGGGIIIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! this is unreal. is this actually still in l.a.? or did you full on move to provence?!?!?! <3 <3 <3

Your instincts were so spot-on with that tile. It looks so amazing and so California.

KD

Love it all! I thought the bird was concrete when I first saw it. Any idea what color your stucco would be if it were a paint swatch? I really like how it looks with your brown roof.

kiki

Beautiful, all around lovely. I have to say, i think that window on your second story up above the french doors is just DYING for a windowbox. With cascading plants down to fill that space between the top of the doors and the bottom of the window. Talk about English cottage charm!!

Pamela

I’m going to stare at this ALL day. LOVE everything 🙂

amyks

Bravo, that is all I will say, bravo!

Britt

this is absolutely incredible!!! the tile is BEYOND. what a perfect space for your family and entertaining. I can’t wait until the post about the landscaping. 🤗

we are redoing our exterior right now, painting cedar shingles white and doing copper lights, what color are your gutters? copper ones are an arm and a leg (and bc of our low roof we need to go all the way around) so we’re trying to find a nice aluminum color, and a dark bronze seems like it could be pretty but having a hard time pulling the trigger!

Jen

Great tile but it seems like this furniture is placed poorly; there’s no conversation area. I’d flip the table around the other way and have an area for conversation, not just a settee awkwardly pointing out of the area. Seems like a waste to not take advantage of a good amount of space.

Katie

AGREED! Theres really only room for two with that arrangement, and sitting right next to someone during a visit is too weird. Why stare at the stairs when you could enjoy the actual patio space?

Amber

I think the settee faces that direction so you can see the people/kids who are in the yard.

Isabella

It’s a goregous space with the tile and styling. Can you tell me where you got the silverware that looks copper?

Barbara

It’s just gorgeous. I love the tile. Do you think the grout will stay white?

Casie

So beautiful!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Question: Have you had any issues with the target outdoor furniture leaking rust??? I’m in need of new stuff, but my last target purchases leaked TONS of rust all over my patio after it rained!

Cat

This is what I wanna know! I rushed to order those black chairs from Target yesterday, but half of the reviews say that they’re rusted after one rain!

Tara

I don’t understand, it’s SO pretty but none of it looks water proof.

Crystal

Gorgeous!

Tammy

I don’t think there could be a more perfect patio ever!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! And that tile is beyond. Amazing. To. Die. For.

I am also in LOVE and have major envy for those big ol’ birds! If you’re ever done with one (how could you be?!) and looking for a new home, my home would be the most wooden-bird-friendly ever!!!!

Kim

Pretty close to perfection and those birds!!!

Kat

This patio is so gorgeous, it makes me angry. Because I want to have it and I can’t. Wah! (Seriously, though, it’s AMAZING. Congrats!)

Lynn

Stunning! Love the tile, love the bird, and I really like the Peacock chairs for some reason!

Brianna

This is beyond beautiful. I can’t stop staring at these photos!!! What a fantastic tile pattern. The colors are spot on. It’s just too much. I’m in love.

Karen

I want to pull out the fig tree and plant it at my house…..LOVE those things. This design is, as always, stunning.

Hilary

Could you please do a garden design post ASAP (preferably with planting plans)? I LOVE all the the foliage colors and textures!

This is probably my favorite thing you have ever done. It is fabulous! I really can’t find one thing that I would change. I’d absolutely love to hang out there…such great atmosphere!!

Stacey

I know you live in LA, but if I didn’t know that, I would have thought these photos were from some sort of Italian villa. Beautiful all around.

Akriti

Question: Where do you keep your pillows/cushions etc., when it rains? I’m considering buying a deck box for my deck but everything I find is so….ugly…

Your new home is soooooo beautiful!!! It looks like you live in the English countryside with all that green! Everything is just stunning.

jen

Your patio is SPECTACULAR! I love that tile!!

Antigone

Lovely space, Emily. My advice about a built in BBQ : don’t put it up on the patio! It gets dirty , smoke goes in your guests faces, and it’s permanent , no moving it out of the way. And, when they break down it’s difficult to replace a news unit with the dimensions of the old one. You are better off putting the grill below . Trust me on this…

Terri

This is a stunning space. My favorite space you have designed in a long time. I love that you showed it with some of the more one of a kind pieces in addition to the almost all Target pieces. Target is making some great things but that version did feel a little generic to me. This shows that just adding a few special pieces makes a big difference. Congratulations on a really beautiful patio that I hope you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

Korrine

I love this space so much I can’t even stand it. I would live out there. Beautiful work, as usual.

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