Wednesday, September 2, 2015


I've shared the construction plans for our patio makeover with you, but I've been dying to get to the pretty part... the design!  With the generous size that the competed patio will be, we'll have room for 2 "zones" that I'm planning in my head, one sitting/lounging/outdoor living area, and a dining area will be on the other side.  

Here's the direction we're headed for the living area.  Remember that we plan to add an outdoor fireplace, which will match the brick on the exterior of the house and my indoor fireplace, so I included a photo of that for reference.  

For the dining side of the porch, we're thinking along these lines...

Actually, I'm catching you up today!  We've had the concrete completed for almost 2 months, but nothing has changed since then as we've been waiting for the framer to start.  No surprise here, but I couldn't wait to start furnishing this space! So, we've already been collecting our new pieces and using what we have for now.

Even thought it's just a big slab of concrete right now and things aren't located where they eventually will be, we've already enjoyed many mornings and evenings sitting right there.

I'll give a source list in a later post, but I bought these chairs in the Spring at Ross. Even though they have not really been in continual direct sunlight, they haven't weathered very well.  Maybe I should have sprayed them with a sealer when they were new, but who knew?  I really think they'll get painted, along with the rattan table serving as a coffee table currently but will be used as a side table eventually, I'm just trying to come up with a color!  I'm not sure what kind of coffee table we'll use yet, but I'm thinking of trying the old one we had out here previously, but giving it a more natural makeover.   

This isn't our final landing spot by any means, there will still be lots of changing around and I'll have more layers and accessories to add.

Last week I shared a few patio dining furniture options that I came across in my search.  I hinted that we might have ended up with a few things I posted, and we did!  

We bought these chairs from Ikea and this table from Target (kind-of).  I've actually had the table for a few months.  After a family gathering where I was discussing our plans for the patio, my sister texted me a pic of the table that her husband found at a thrift store just a few days later.  Sold!  So, I was surprised to find the same table currently still for sale last week when I was researching other patio furniture.  I looks like wood, but it's really aluminum.  I'll have some more details to share with you about that in the future, it's already had a little makeover.

And with that, I think I've finally caught you up to real time on this project.  The framer arrived yesterday and began the demo portion that he needed to do.  He'll start the new construction today... yippee!  He expects to finish by the end of next week probably, then we'll need to get the roof completed, electrical wiring done, and the masonry work.  It's slow-going, but at least we're moving forward!

If you missed any previous patio posts, catch up here:

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Monday, August 31, 2015


Hi everyone!  Boy, these Mondays sure do roll around fast after a weekend! Especially now that we're fully back in the swing of a school routine, those lazy Saturday mornings where no one has to set an alarm pass by much too quickly.  

During the school year, my husband and I enjoy "day" dates on Fridays (his day off) while the kids are in school.  It's nice to be out during the day when shops, restaurants, and movie theaters aren't very crowded.  Last week while the kids slaved away at school we spent the day at play, enjoying lunch and poking around a new to us shop.  Usually, he's my driver ;) and chauffeurs me to whatever store I want to run in to while he waits in the car, but I had a feeling he would enjoy this one.  When two different friends recommended it to me in one week, I knew we had to get by to check it out!

I know I have a lot of local friends that read the blog, so I thought I'd give you a little preview if you'd like to go check this store out too.  For those of you who aren't close by, I know you'll enjoy the beautiful styling and accessories displayed, and maybe get a few ideas of something new you can try in your home.  And, if you're ever visiting OKC, this is definitely one stop you'll want to make!

Urban Farmhouse Designs is located in Downtown Oklahoma City, at 400 S. Western Avenue.  It's a two story old warehouse that serves as their showroom and also houses their workshop where they make all kinds of unique, custom furnishings from reclaimed wood as well as unusual and repurposed accessories.  

This was my very favorite set-up in the whole store, the mix of rustic, glam, and modern elements is perfection.  Those crystal globe still my heart!!! 

I really, really loved the natural finish on this table, as well as the shape and size.

Someday I need to get my hands on one of these cute Oklahoma faux grass mats!

Was there a favorite piece that caught your eye?  You can also follow Urban Farmhouse Designs on Facebook for a look at even more of their selection and custom accessory and furniture pieces. Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015


With our patio makeover that we're in the midst of, I've had outdoor furniture on the brain.  (Catch up on Part 1 of the patio project here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.)  We're kind-of starting over out there so I've been hunting for some new pieces.  We have a great iron set that will last forever, but it only seats 4 and I'm looking for something bigger.   Today I thought I'd show you some pieces that I've come across in my search that caught my eye.  Some of these might have even come to live at my house, so stayed tuned next week when I'll share the design plan for the patio with you.  

More and more I'm liking a little touch of modern mixed in with my design, and what's more modern that a ghost chair?  


Classic farmhouse style- This table is actually aluminum but is finished to look like wood.  Love that it has the look of wood but not the maintenance, and will be able to withstand any outdoor weather.


The table and clear chair in the next one aren't marketed as outdoor furniture, but I don't think I'd have any problem using them in a well covered area or screened in porch.  I couldn't decide which chair I like better with it, the left gives a more tradition feel and the right mixes things up with a rustic/modern feel.  I'd also love the ghost chair from above with this table!

Once again, this table isn't outdoor, but I'd still use it in a covered area after making sure that the top is sealed well if it wasn't previously.


I like this table so much, I included it twice.  However, this one is a different color and larger size that the gray one above.  I think at 60" you could squeeze in 6 chairs around this one.  


Most of the time I like to mix and match and not use a "set", but I'm including this one because I really like both pieces together.  It doesn't look too matchy matchy.  Like the farmhouse style one above, this one is actually a metal table, also.

I'm definitely ready for lots of patio sitting this Fall, now we just need our temperatures to cooperate!  

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