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Secret Sauce: I am thrilled to finally share our patio makeover with you. Our coffee table is unfortunately delayed, but everything else is done! Be sure to check out Part One and Part Two of the patio makeover series to see my entire process over the past few months. As renters, we couldn’t make any permanent changes to the space, but I still wanted to do a complete transformation. How did I do it? By adding a renter-friendly green wall, easily movable furniture, and lots of greenery the space looks completely different and feels more inviting. Project urban oasis is complete!
Let’s start with the layout. I divided the space into a dining area including a grill and serving table and then a seating area complete with a couch, lounge chair, coffee table (still on the way!), side table, and bench under the fire escape.
For the lounge area I went with the HAY Pallisade couch and lounge chair. My goal was to find furniture that was essentially zero maintenance, yet comfortable. This was a big challenge that took many hours of research. Ultimately, I was won over by the clean lines, durability, and comfort of the HAY line. We’ve had it for several weeks and I am happy to say that it is holding up beautifully in the elements (we won’t cover them) and is very comfortable.
My color palette for the patio plants is yellow/orange, blue/purple and green. Keeping a consistent palette allowed me add a variety of plants, but still have them look cohesive.
One of my favorite finds is the sweet little side table from Target. It is terra cotta and is holding up well after several rainstorms. Having outdoor furniture that you don’t have to worry about, cover, or clean is a game changer. I am particularly happy with our decision to go the low maintenance route based on the nightmare stories that I heard about having upholstered outdoor furniture in New York. Covering and constantly cleaning outdoor furniture is simply not in the cards for me right now! We also don’t have the space to store cushions.
One valuable lesson that I learned from this patio makeover is the power of high quality fake plants. The green wall along the patio gate is faux greenery, as are the yellow flowers above. The flowers are from West Elm and are a new favorite of mine! While it will be fun to buy fresh flowers throughout the summer, I am happy to have some colorful faux stems for more permanent added color and decor for the patio. They look SO REAL!
There is a gap in our gate along the edge of the patio. I created this DIY modern piece using outdoor paint on white Sunbrella fabric (DIY post coming soon) to create full privacy. Our view from the patio wasn’t bad, but now we have this secluded oasis right outside of our kitchen, which was my dream! I am happy to say that this piece has also been through several rainstorms already and is holding up perfectly. It will also be an easy piece to switch out seasonally.
Below are shots of our dining and grill area. We already had these folding chairs and purchased a teak and powder-coated aluminum table to compliment them. I love the unexpected color of the silver outside and am happy with the quality of everything. The little serving table is an IKEA find and it pairs well with our charcoal Weber grill.
Finally, the space under our fire escape stumped me for quite a while. It is an awkward space, but I ultimately just decided to embrace the layout and create a secret garden and bench under the stairs. I love the added seating and that it created a shady spot for people to relax.
Before and After
I always love a good before and after and hope that you enjoy this series that shows the transformation of the space.
So you can see my full process, here is the design board that I ultimately made and led me to change my design direction from a more traditional style to this modern outdoor space!
Below are links to all of my patio furniture (including the coffee table that is on back order). I spent a great deal of time doing product research and am so happy with our pieces so far. I think that most of them will last for many years and are durable, which was one of my top priorities. They will also be transferable to future spaces, since the design is modern and fairly versatile.
Now for my favorite part - the accessories! I added color to the space using outdoor pillows, faux plants, and artificial plants included below.
Thank you for checking out our patio makeover and please leave a comment below letting me know what you think of the transformation!