Thoughtful patio and garden design ideas generally don’t come overnight. Unless you are fortunate enough to be able to hire a landscape architect or your home is landscaped when purchased, it takes time. It’s similar to interior design in that decorating should have a plan. I’m sharing some ideas today after 28 years of living in our home with a large amount of garden and patio that needs constant care and love.
If you’re here for the Seasonal Simplicity Series, then welcome and props to our hostess Krista from The Happy Housie! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone is sharing today. Back to designing your special oasis…get out a pad of paper and a pen and start writing down what you hope to achieve.
Thoughtful Patio And Garden Design Ideas
Some questions that you might ask yourself:
- If I can only improve one area of the outdoor portion of my home, which one would it be? Do you have a front porch that would be amazing with some curb appeal or a back patio that you enjoy relaxing on with the family?
- What is my budget going to be for the outdoor improvements? That’s key of course, once you figure out which area to tackle.
- If your project is a hardscape improvement, can you do any of the work yourself or do you need to hire out?
- Can you get creative and repurpose what you already have?
- How much time am I really going to spend out in the area? If you live in a cold climate for example, would money spent on a swimming pool installation be better spent elsewhere?
So many things to consider and it’s all part of thoughtful patio and garden design ideas that should be firmly decided on first.
Define your focus
Long ago we decided to concentrate on the back of our home and not the front. Truth be told our house has really poor curb appeal! Built in the early 60’s it’s typical of many in Miami with local coral rock on the columns, no front porch and nothing architecturally lovely at all. Thankfully we do have a long circular driveway, but it’s black asphalt like most around here. You can see an image of the front as shot by BETTER HOMES & GARDENS magazine years ago (not much has changed;-). My husband had a good point to keep it blending in to the neighborhood and not make it stand out by updating. Let’s just say it’s safer for keeping intruders away. So the interior and the almost an acre out back became our focus. Decide on a focus…that would be my biggest exterior design tip!
Select your areas
The back patio is lovely, although I should say it’s NOW lovely but it’s taken a lot of work to get here. We sit out here as often as we can and it’s covered to keep the rain off.
Define your style
We had a lot of work done recently before we hosted our daughter’s wedding reception on the patio. You can see more about that beautiful event HERE. Having the pool resurfaced was something that we had been saving for and it was beyond in need. We are so happy and using it almost every day now for an evening swim! My style is definitely romantic and we are all good with that here.
Define your areas
Recently we expanded the other side of the patio with some new furniture for lounging. If you have a large expanse, break up the patio (or porch) into rooms. Consider placing some true indoor/outdoor that can be hosed down when dirty. These help to ground each space!
Out in the back by the water we enlarged our pea gravel patio and got some new furniture. It’s much more of a “room” now and with twinkle lights we hang out there at night.
A little bit of romance and a French country inspired style.
Add decorative objects
Finishing out our garden we added a few decorative objects such as this old concrete birdbath. With some floating candles it adds a glow at night and during the day it attracts birds.
Tomorrow I’m sharing my KITCHEN REVEAL, so stay tuned for that!
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The Seasonal Simplicity Summer series is back today; and this time we’re all about simple summer decor in our outdoor spaces! Patios, decks, backyards… bring them on! I can’t wait to take in all the gorgeous outdoor inspiration being shared today…