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Blank patio turned plant-filled retreat

This space has changed dramatically over the past few months! It was once brown with blank walls, but now it feels more like our own little resort. It has quickly become my favorite place to sit, drink coffee, read my Bible and look at nature.

There are a few affordable tricks I can share that have the biggest impact —plants, curtains and twinkle lights. Let me show you. (Don’t miss the nighttime shots at the end!)

You can also see how I experimented and designed things step by step in my Instagram stories labeled “Outdoors”. I show you all my projects in process over there! Come follow along.

Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- faux greenery, potting bench, mirror, lanterns with remote control candles
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-pool furniture and decor
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-inexpensive outdoor dining set and wooden screen and clock

Before

Let’s take a look at the before. This was before we painted the house white and before I had any kind of a plan. We were also saving up to buy an outdoor sofa, so it looked like this for a good year.

screened in lanai with pool makeover - before
lanai makeover - before

So many blank walls. And too many floats! Now I pretty much give them one at a time, otherwise they’re all popped within a week or two. I wait until they are in stores at Five Below for $5 at the beginning of summer and stock up for the year.

screened in lanai update - before

Once we painted the house white, it was giving me some hope. I really hated that brown color! (Lots of credit and love to my father-in-law for doing almost all the painting!)

It’s important to buy fans specifically for the outdoors for the patio. You can see how they sagged, especially the one farther in the distance. We switched them out for these simple outdoor fans.

Here are some before and afters to compare side by side:

patio makeover - before and after

Like the most of the interior of my house, I kept everything charcoal, white and green. I’ll break down what transformed this space because sometimes it’s hard to catch everything in a photo:

Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-blank wall ideas for outside decor - faux ivy screens with mirror and console or potting table

This huge blank wall stumped me for a long time! I don’t want to talk about house much time I spent staring at it. This is what I came up with:

I’m my own worst critic, but I’m very happy with the way this wall turned out. The candles light up with a remote and make a lovely glow at night.


Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-small patio design and ideas
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-hanging plants bring the space to life

I bought this queen marble plant and hung it up. As I untangled the tendrils, a huge cane toad jumped out and hit me in the head! I’ll never be the same. I still keep my distance as I walk by it.

Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-gray and white affordable outdoor pillows

I made the two smaller ikat pillows from inexpensive placemats. See turn a placemat into a pillow in 20 min.

Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-outdoor accessories
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- hanging plants and curtains
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-hanging plants on lanai
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-blank wall solutions outside - mirror and console table with faux ivy screens
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- affordable potting table and iron mirror
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-succulents are hardy and last years
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-blank outdoor wall solutions and white french doors
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-Ikea lanterns with remote control candles
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-potting table styling
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- 100 dollar outdoor console table
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- succulent box that lasts years

I planted this succulent box several years ago. It’s been completely neglected and needs some work, but it’s still going strong! This is the tutorial on how you line and make a box with proper drainage.

Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- outdoor decor ideas - mirror, lanterns, faux greenery and console table
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- large outdoor iron mirror
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-expandable faux ivy screen for 44 dollars

I’m not kidding, I’m obsessed with these faux ivy screens ($44) and highly recommend them. They break up blank walls and give the space life and a coziness. They can expand to your desired size. Amazing.

Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-iron mirror for outside - potting bench styling
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- ourdoor patio styling ideas
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- outdoor furniture on a budget - mirror, lanterns, faux greenery and outdoor table
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-poolside design and furniture
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- hanging plants add life to boring patio
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-inexpensive outdoor dining set and wooden screen and clock
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-potted succulents outdoor centerpiece
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-white outdoor dining table and chairs with wooden screen
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-macrame plant hanger

Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-small patio layout design
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-wooden screen helps with blank wall
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-patio furniture layout
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- 700 dollar gray and black patio set
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-curtains and plants make a patio into a private resort
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- inexpensive furniture and ideas to make your patio feel like a resort
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-durable lounge chairs
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-outdoor space design and layout
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-pool patio furniture and design
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-blank wall ideas for outside decor - faux ivy screens with mirror and console or potting table
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-faux ivy screens, mirro and console table fill out a blank outdoor concrete wall
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget- perfect color green door - courtyard green

I painted this door green for $7 in 20 minutes! Head over to the post to see how and why this is the perfect green. That pop of green makes me so happy when I sit out on the lanai!

Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-outdoor landscaping
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-growing palm trees for hammocks

The previous homeowner was kind enough to tell us that he planted these four palm trees for hammocks. Isn’t that clever? I can’t wait for them to grow big enough and get four pretty hammocks out there!


At night

You better believe I put twinkle lights behind those ivy screens! They seriously make all the difference at night. The lanterns in front of the mirror have remote-controlled candles, which makes it easy!

Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-canon baaaaall
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-twinkle lights
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-outdoor patio lights
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-outdoor lights
Patio, pool and lanai decor ideas on a budget-patio at night

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9 thoughts on “Blank patio turned plant-filled retreat

  1. It is so beautiful!!! I can see that you will be saving a lot of money…you never have to go on vacation …you have such a beautiful home and yard!

  2. Kate, beautiful transformation of the exterior of your house, but how do you keep rodents from climbing up the trellises? I have always adored the look of trellised,climbing plants/vines up the sides of buildings, but have hesitated to do this myself because of inadvertently inviting this sort of problem.

  3. I forgot to ask – the pool appears to be covered with a sort of “skylight”, creating the effect of having an indoor/outdoor pool. Is it actually covered, or are those just posts? I have never typically cared for pools that were built close to the structure of a house, but this looks fabulous! Did you do this, or was this there when you purchased the house?

  4. Thank you so much, Dianne! I’ve always loved palm trees and just kept moving south until I couldn’t go any farther in country :)

  5. Hi Lisa! The ivy is inside a screened-in lanai so rodents can’t get in, but I honestly didn’t even think about that! We are growing bougainvillea up the columns in the front of our house though, so we’ll see how that goes! As soon as I see a rodent I’ll rip it all down, haha!!

  6. So this is called a pool cage. Most houses have them in southwest Florida. Bugs and leaves stay out and the space can be used as more of an extension of the house with the doors open during the winter. (It’s too hot in summer!) My husband always threatens to take it down as it needs to be re-screened since our last hurricane, but it keeps all the pine needles out of the pool!

  7. Thanks so much for responding, Kate. Whenever I see plants/vines growing up the exterior of a building I think how pretty it is, and how much I would like to incorporate this on to the outside of my house, but then I stop, not wanting to invite unwelcome creatures on or into my house! I see these often in interior design and garden magazines, and many people have them, so there must be some sort of deterrent that I am unaware of.

    So now I know about pool cages. Being a Californian, I have never seen them. I think the pool cage is fabulous. Not only is it attractive, but it serves a purpose. I think it creates an attractive transition from the indoors to the outdoors. Sort of like bringing the outdoors in.

  8. I have never been found of swimming pools but your back yard and covered pool setting is very inviting and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your transformation..

  9. Thanks so much, Pauline. It’s so hot here in the summer, swimming is the only thing to do! haha!

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