Do you remember my seriously sad patio? Bare, cold, and blah about sums it up. If you’ve been watching my Instagram, then you’ve already seen sneak peeks and some smack talking to my Design Off challenger Jojotastic (aka Joanna). She and I are in this knockdown drag-out fight…errr, ya no, it’s really more like a friendly little before and after affordable patio makeover challenge, sponsored by World Market.
When Joanna and I each bought new homes, we teamed up with World Market for another DesignOff and transformed our sad-looking patios into Pinterest perfection. Could it be done? I sure hoped so. After spending hours pinning basically everything on the World Market site, I knew I had to narrow down my choices. Lemme tell ya, this was not an easy task.
Before And After Affordable Patio Makeover
Before finalizing my mood board, I made the mistake of looking at Joanna’s picks. Talk about wanting to scrap everything and start over. Argh! Her patio was going to be amazing! Brilliant pops of turquoise, blues, greens, and navy. Combined with a gorgeous rug, teak furniture with clean ivory cushions…ugh, I loved it all. My confidence was rattled a bit, but not defeated. I channeled my girl Taylor Swift, and shake it off.
But after sitting with my design, I managed to push that panicky feeling aside. This was going to be the Design Off winner. I knew it, deep down in my bones. Rich navy with saturated pops of pink and just the right touch of boho…everything was right up my alley. Hits of gold, blue French bistro chairs, navy and white striped umbrella. There was no way I’d change a thing. Even though I loved Joanna’s mood board, my boho patio DesignOff makeover was just right for me. I don’t think it could’ve fit my style any better. I even managed to work in my vintage brass bar accessories, and check out those adorable drink umbrellas…shazam! Mai Tai anyone?
After raining every weekend for like a month straight (seriously you guys, Monday – Friday it was 80° and sunny, Saturdays and Sundays were 50° and rainy…Chicago, you’re killin’ me smalls). However, this past Sunday I managed to catch a break in the weather. Spring had finally sprung, and the sun came out to play – it was time to enjoy the patio.
I potted a couple of peonies and a bunch of salvia and lavender. Both attract hummingbirds, and the perennial lavender detracts my biggest nemesis…the dreaded midwest mosquito…as do these citronella candles. How about that cute little navy garden stool (similar) for extra seating?
Affordable Modern Planters
Word to the wise, these gorgeous Moroccan lanterns are totally beautiful but hang them after you ask your husband to fill the planters with rocks. I was setting the table and kept hearing, “Ouch! Ouch! What the…OUCH!!!!!” I totally did not giggle when I turned around to see The Boy giving this guy the stink eye. Apparently, it was poking him in the back repetitively…pretty, yet pointy little sucker. And these large hooks came in really handy for hanging everything.
The arching umbrella throws a ton of shade. It’s huge, and I adore it. In fact, it might be my most favorite piece (besides the festive string lights). Since this one arches, I do suggest purchasing the extra weighted base. It stays in place just fine without it, but my kids are hell on wheels… 4-foot demon monsters. I know it’s not going anywhere even when The Death Star is under attack and mini Darth and Leia are light sabering under it. Yes, this is my life.
Affordable Blue & White Outdoor Patio Umbrella
I also found these water bottles of Found water at World Market. Always been a sucker for pretty packaging, so of course, I had to pick these up.
Okay, can we just pause and admire these blue bistro chairs for a moment? I gotta tell ya, I’ve yearned for these dreamy chairs for years, but the price tag was always so extreme. I’m happy to report these blue beauties are sold by the pair and are incredibly affordable. Personally, I was shocked…in a good way. In case you missed my Instagram post, they look just as good in the living room as they do outside.
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