UncategorizedHow to Go From Patio to Outdoor Room May 15, 2014 My main goal in The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge was to go beyond the usual idea of a patio and create an outdoor room. We poured our hearts and souls into this space and feel like there are so many details left to share! I’ve also gotten a lot of questions from some of you, so I though this post could sum all of that up. While this sounds silly and obvious, my goal to create an outdoor room was to design it exactly as I would an inside room…within reason. There are several areas that I targeted to give me the feel I was hoping for. My favorite part about designing a room are the textiles. To me, the rugs, curtains, throws, and pillows make a room. It’s where I bring in pattern and color. And it really seals the deal on the eclectic vibe that I love. I knew that my patio design had to be filled with textiles. The colorful kilim that you see there was my inspiration for this entire design. The rest of my color scheme really stemmed from this. Nothing says bohemian like layered textiles in my book…period. But I am designing a patio. And one of you asked a very good question. And you were right…the majority of my textiles used are in fact, not outdoor weight fabric. A few of the pillows are, but for the most part, they’re regular old pillows. Here’s what I have to say about that. I know we already established this, but textiles are crucial for me in design. While I’ve seen some amazing outdoor pillows, you are more limited in that area. I wanted bohemian, kilim, tie dye. I’ve yet to find all of that in outdoor weight fabric. So I had to make a choice. Go with the outdoor stuff I could find or throw practicality to the curb and style it up. You see what I chose! It was a really easy decision for me. I basically pictured this area like I would style it for a party and that made my decision. We’re living here and I wanted to love it! Now, that does mean that I carry the pillows and throws in and out. Not every time we’re headed outside of course, but often. I evaluated that and I am okay with it! I move pillows around weekly, no joke. My husband and my bursting at the seams decorating closet can attest to my obsession with throw pillows. But then it hit me. I wouldn’t just leave outdoor pillows out, not without a roof over them. I know they’re stronger weight, but I’ve had bad experience with them lasting after getting rained on. I’m all about preserving things and making them last as long as possible. So, if I’m moving the pillows one way or another, I’m going for the style I want! I also have a couple of Rug Pillows out here, and they feel as much (or even more) durable than an outdoor pillow! After layering on textiles, the other big area I focused on were accessories. As I already said in the post about our buffet, I wanted to accessorize this space as much like a normal room as possible. That’s why I brought in the gilded mirror over our buffet. I also tried to accessorize the sitting area with things that made it feel less like a matchy-matchy patio and more like an eclectic room I would want inside. I’ve often seen people mix and match items inside their home, but when they move to decorating outside, they stick to a matching set. The end. I tried to avoid that. While the loveseat and chairs match, I tried to mix things up a bit with the coffee table and end table. I love the rustic element that the three tree stumps bring in. And I brought out a wicker end table I found at a thrift store. All of these items are pretty durable, so they stay outside. Inside we have light fixtures, so we made a light fixture to hang from the center of the pergola out of copper pipe and copper coil. Our interior rooms have wall art. Then, so did our patio! And our pergola gave us the perfect opportunity. I decided to focus on the “wall” behind the sitting area. We hung an old window, a fern, and some macrame hanging succulents. I love the backdrop that it provides. And at the end of the day, my best advice for creating an outdoor room is simple. I’m a free spirit. And am not a rule follower when it comes to design. I believe that designing and styling your home is your art. Who needs rules when creating art? Create what YOU love. Y’all know I’m a huge proponent of this. But even I forgot my mantra when designing our patio. I went through this little phase when I was planning this project where I convinced myself that I could only use outdoor fabrics because that was a rule. Now, I understand that practicality is a concern. But like I said, much of this, I would move in whether it was outdoor or not. And I carefully chose accessories that would stay. Plus, if you’re a thrifter like me and most of your stuff comes at a great deal, then leave it out and enjoy it! Whenever it shows some wear, it’s not a big deal to replace the $3 rug pillow. I’m so happy that I pushed myself to create the patio of my dreams. I said my goal was magical, and that is exactly how it feels to me. Here are a few shots at night just because they’re pretty and I love them. Bulb lights, be still my heart.