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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
- brown walls painted white
- patio sectional with coffee table
- faux ivy screens on either side of the sliding doors
- inexpensive curtains
- hanging plants
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:
- faux ivy screens (I’m obsessed)
- outdoor console table
- large iron mirror
- lanterns with remote control candles
- faux ivy garland (above lanterns – such a good deal)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
I share all the details on current projects on Instagram stories. Some don’t make it onto the blog!