Blair from Wisecraft wrote in looking for some help from decor8 readers in regards to her patio space. She is looking for, “Inexpensive ways to add some color to the furniture and walls (with fabric, DIY things, and the like).” Blair continues, “The garden itself is established and doing well, but its the patio furniture, walls, and other things that look bare and drab to me.” Looking for some fresh perspectives, Blair sent in photos seeking our help.
“We are lucky to have a large backyard for city living, and this patio is part of the more adult area of the yard (where we can sit, but still see the kids in the other part of the yard). I have worked on establishing the planting beds (completely empty 3 years ago) with maintenance free plantings and they have grown like crazy (probably too much) and established themselves well. The idea for the garden beds was interesting foliage plants, mixing chartreuse greens and purple-ish black plants. I love the contrast. There are red tulips in the beds in Spring, but for the most part this particular part of the yard is flower free.” – Blair
“Recent garden inspiration has come from Jane Cumberbatch’s Pure Style Outdoors” – Blair
“The table and chair set is from Martha Stewart, we like how it blends in with its surroundings and it works well for us. Again, its easy maintenance, we hose it off! When I look at this patio, I would really like to wake it up with some color, pattern, etc and my hopes are that you, Holly, and your readers can provide some ideas.” – Blair
“The exterior walls of the house are cedar shingles, and our house is a traditional craftsman that we are apparently trying to modernize via furniture and accessories. So, even I am confused about what our style is! I would like some kind of color out there as well (although not paint, more like accessories). Color that would compliment the planting scheme, as well as maybe fill up the patio area with some interesting and inviting ideas.” – Blair
“I have put in some pink fuschia plants and realize I really love the bright pink pop against the more somber colors. We do not have a huge budget for this little area. OK, we don’t have a budget at all! But we do have lots of DIY ability, the drive to want to make our surroundings pretty, inviting, with fabric, DIY accessories, etc…Your readers always have such great ideas, I would love to get a fresh perspective on this area of the yard from them.” – Blair
Okay everyone, we’re on a mission to help Blair! Leave your comments below. I’ll lead the discussion by doing the same.
(images from wisecraft)
Dear Decor8 Friends,
I just wanted to say how BLOWN AWAY I am by your mood boards! They are all so beautiful and inspired. The passion, thought and energy you put into them is incredible. I’ve spent a lot of time with all of the boards and each one is a fully imagined experience…… really works of art. I’m so jazzed to look at them, they are dreamy studies with luscious detail, you all have such lovely design eyes! I wish I could meet you and talk to you in person and learn more about what you love and what inspires you. I imagine all of you were as excited as me to see everyone’s vision. This kind of design experience really feeds my soul!
I love to make mood boards myself, I create several color stories before I sit down to create my artwork for my fabric lines. I’m getting ready to start a new collection and I’m so inspired by your creative fire!
Thank you all for participating in our contest. I appreciate all of the effort you put into this project. It’s a personal thrill for me to be able to connect with all of you. I love working with Holly too and I hope we’ll have more opportunities in the future to do more projects together.
Hats off to all of you! Thank you for sharing your love of design!
Jason wrote about something that I look forward to whenever Real Simple hits my mailbox, the amazing paper constructions inside! Check out the new paper construction gallery on the Real Simple website showing a few from past issues. I hope they spoil us and show them all. I loved the ones that they created using road maps once. Do you remember them? They were amazing.
While cruising their site, I found more goodies! There’s a terrific new round up of all their past covers from 2001-2006, and since they have some of the best stylists around (outside of the Martha Stewart gang), I love examining all the details for styling ideas. And sidepoint, but don’t they have the best wall colors ever?
If you have time today, visit their additional galleries because they feature everything from centerpieces and flowers to relaxation and pets. Click here for your very own drool fest.
I’m so glad that Real Simple enlarged the imagery on their website, because like you, when it comes to getting enough of a good thing, that simply does not exist when looking at gorgeous spaces!
(images from real simple)
As random as this post is, I have to show you the 50′s table that I found scanning eBay this morning.
What do you think? I absolutely adore it, from the perky colors (I see some orange in there) to it’s skinny little legs and the crazy fish motif. I’m looking for a table like this, only with a solid white top, if anyone knows of anything… I’m on the prowl!
(images from simply mod auctions)
Loving all this orange? There’s even a blogger obsessed with this zesty hue. Meet Chicago-based graphic designer Jessica Jones right here.
(images from how about orange and happy mundane)