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Tuesday, May 3, 2016


My blog friends Pam of Simple DetailsLisa of Shine Your LightKris of Driven by Decor and I are back today (and the first Tuesday of every month) for this month's feature of My Favorite Five.  Today we're sharing our favorite ways to decorate an outdoor space.  

This month we are so happy to have Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design as our special guest.  I have known Julia for several years now, and she truly amazes me with her creativity and design abilities.  Every project she does is top notch!  And, she has a back yard paradise... this is my all time favorite photo from her outdoor spaces-

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Don't you just want to curl up right there with a good book?  Be sure to check out her front porch that she just painted, too.  You won't believe what she did (so good!)!

Adding some personality to plain flower pots is one of my favorite ways to spruce up an outdoor space.  These two are my favorites that I've done.

black and white striped flower pot tutorial, kimberly queen fern, brick porch, black door

black urn, flower pot, kimberly queen fern, front porch decor, brick porch

Don't be afraid to use indoor furniture outside.  Now, I probably wouldn't use a table that's near and dear to your heart outside in an uncovered area, but mine is covered and this was an estate sale table that I sprayed a glossy navy.  It should be fine even with the occasional splash from blowing rain (I've already tested that out!).   That goes for pillows, too.  If they'll be in direct sunlight, outdoor fabrics are best to resist fading, but if they're covered try rotating some of your indoor pillows outside too.  It's best if they have removable covers that can be washed if needed.  

outdoor living space, outdoor decor, patio, Ikea lappljung ruta rug, bamboo table, ikea stockholm pillow, black and white stripes

I had to share these coasters with you too.  My sister made them for my husband's Christmas gift from slices of a tree they had to cut down in their yard.  The edges are embossed with lines from Star Wars.  Aren't they the most fun?  She's also done a set with favorite hymn lyrics, college teams, and popular phrases.  If anyone is interested in ordering a custom set email me ( and I'll get you in touch with her.

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My friend Lisa added this amazing wood disc wall to her patio two years ago.  She allowed me to share her process on the blog and I'm just so impressed with the result.  Such an unbelievably beautiful focal point!

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I firmly believe that no matter what your outdoor space looks like, it will look even better with a few strings of lights!  We bought several sets with the round bulbs from Ace Hardware last year for only around $7 per string, and they add so much charm and ambiance.  This photo is from last Fall when we were in the middle of our patio renovation, we've relocated the lights now and I'll be sharing those soon!  All you need are the lights and some cup hooks to hang them with, or outdoor command hooks if you don't want (or can't make) holes in your trim.

Patio Makeover- latest post (included links to all posts)

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String Lights  ||  Table  ||  Chairs (similar)

Lastly, I love a mirror in an outdoor space.  My friend Emily has used this trick several times, including in her new screened in porch, and it reflects and bounces the light around so nicely outside.  I really wish I had a spot on my patio for one!

mirror outside, graphic outdoor rug, garden stool, outdoor space, patio
Emily A. Clark

What's your favorite way to spruce up your outdoor space?  Be sure to head over to Simple DetailsShine Your LightDriven by Decor, and Cuckoo 4 Design to check out their outdoor spaces, too.  I wish we could hop around to each one in person!

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  1. Thanks so much for having me! I love the everything you do outside and that wood slice wall is so amazing. (Sorry that I messed up my link, it's a new one now :(

  2. awesome tips!!! i LOVE that wood disc wall so much!

  3. That wall that your friend Lisa did is beyond amazing! I adore your porch (I need some of those lights!!) - I bet you're so excited to use it this season!

  4. Jennifer your new and improved outdoor rooms are so beautiful. I love your table and chairs! You're so lucky you can use inside furniture wouldn't last long around here, unless I ran outside and threw it all in my garage when a torrential downpour was coming!! Love how you style these spaces!

  5. Your new patio is the BEST, cant wait for the big reveal! I want to add some lights this year, that's a great deal, did they hold up well? I've seen great reviews on the ones from Costco, but they're pricey.

  6. Beautiful inspiration! I love the striped urn and mirrors for outdoor spaces! The wheels are turning in my head :)

  7. Great tips for an outdoor space. I'm in the middle of decorating a new paver patio and hope to have it ready for my son's confirmation later this month. I so needed some focusing tips! Thanks!

  8. Love that patio - and the mirror idea!

  9. Love the ideas..I caution everyone to please remember that when it comes to hanging mirrors outside, they are beautiful but are also a hazard for birds. They think they can fly through them due to the reflections of sky..trees, etc, and end up dying or hurt.

  10. Jennifer this outdoor space is so beautiful and inviting! You amaze me with your eye for design and all that you've done! You've been one busy lady lately! Love Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design as well as your co-hosts Lisa and Kris! XOXO, Sarah

  11. Looks lovely! And it's true - adding lights always makes difference, I love that trick as well. These coasters your sister made are soo cute, I'm going to steal the idea! Thanks for sharing. Abby

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