With the warmer temps and approach of summer, our thoughts naturally turn to our outdoor spaces. You may begin to evaluate if your space is still working for you the way you initially intended. Maybe you’ve decided this is the year to start a garden! Or as your family grows, so does your need for more patio furniture. Or maybe you have a space that is in need of sprucing up, which is what I have on my hands.
I have a small potting shed that was in desperate need of an update. The small garden I had attempted under the window wasn’t working out. It didn’t drain well so the plants weren’t happy and the dogs loved to use the area as a bed during cooler weather. The rosemary bush I had planted years ago didn’t make it through the last winter. The entire space was just looking very sad.
It was time to take a fresh look at the space and find a new use for it! I decided a sitting area and some color was in order.
My husband and I used supplies we had on hand and built some items from scratch to create a small patio with a sitting area. But, as you can see, things still look a little bare. We need some accessories to make the space feel more homey. So it was off to Old Time Pottery to fill in the gaps!
I found some great treasures while shopping. I like to walk through the entire store before picking items out for a project like this. You never know which department you will find the perfect item in!
The two pots, the sink and the yellow flower pot, are both metal and do not have holes in the bottom; not ideal for outdoors. I simply drilled holes into the bottom for water drainage and then they were perfect for the patio!
Flowers for the pots were a must, and I was most pleased with the flower selection in the Old Time Pottery garden center. Besides brightening the space with more floral, I also snagged a comfortable chair, pillow, and some other small accessories to dress up the area.
I filled in the empty spaces with the items from Old Time Pottery and, voil·, the new patio looks like a warm inviting space. It’s the perfect place to watch the kids play in the backyard or drink my morning coffee!
The chair is so comfortable! And I think the color helps tie in the stained wood from the tabletop and window planter. The pillow is a great accent for the Americana theme I was going for.
The tray and lantern for the tabletop are fun accents within easy reach of lounging in the chair. The lantern is actually a battery-operated LED light so it looks vintage but has a modern touch. The pot of succulents from the garden center was so full that I had enough to spread to multiple containers including the Mason jar planter that I already had on hand.
I love how the succulent assortment looks in the sink planter! This was the perfect pot to place under the vintage drawer we turned into a planter.
I debated on what should go on the edge of the patio next to the door… A large planter? A small ornamental tree? Ultimately I went with this red lantern, which I fell in love with when I saw it, paired with another bright planter, and a Mason jar with a citronella candle which I already had.
So how is that I have ivy growing out of the red lantern? Easy! I wrapped wire around a small terra cotta pot just under the top lip then attached that wire to the inside of the lantern where the handles are located. I placed ivy in the pot and can easily slip it in and out of the wire as needed.
I even managed to incorporate the pallet art I shared last month on theOld Time Pottery bloginto the space! A coat of spray sealer insures that will weather outdoors without issue.
I think we have created a warm and inviting space. The products from Old Time Pottery were the icing on the cake to the items we built. I will have tutorials for building the brick patio, window box, vintage drawer planter, and more on my blog during the remainder of the month. You can find a tutorial for making the flag planter here.
Color can instantly spruce up a space, but its the accessories that really make it feel fun and refreshed(ruffled patriotic wreath).
I do love a good makeover, don’t you? Whether you are completely making over a space or simply looking for a quick refresh, consider the accessories that will go into it your space. You can find these accessories and more at Old Time Pottery!