Here in Texas, we spend a lot of time outdoors so a great patio, porch or deck is a must. And, guess what? Hanging around outdoors is more than a Texas thing. According to a survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association, homebuilders from coast-to-coast list a deck among the top three features most requested by new home buyers. And in a recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, nearly 98% of residential architects surveyed gave outdoor living spaces two green thumbs-up in popularity by clients.
So is it any wonder that when I moved into my new home, I knew the miniscule concrete slab that the builder called a patio (or “the disgrace to design” as I dubbed it) had to go? Out came my piggy bank and in went every bit of spare change I could muster for the next two years.
While saving, I snipped photos of dreamy outdoor living spaces and made note of design elements I loved most.
From the grand loggia above, I zeroed in on how lattice and beefy columns add architectural interest, especially when painted a crisp white hue.
Also gorgeous–the soft blues, textural wicker and casual feel of this outdoor dining area in a California home.
When I spied the beadboard ceiling above this farmhouse porch, I fell hook, line and sinker. It adds lovely detail, tone-on-tone pattern and looks really pretty mixed with vintage metal chairs and a cushy iron daybed that turns this outdoor room into a lazy day sleeping porch.
Each of these elements are working their way into the design of my Texas porch. So are furnishings like these…
Hanging Wire Pot Brackets put a contemporary spin on a classic and make it easy to create a vertical focal point.
The Bellaire metal lawn chair is painted in chic robin’s egg blue and made in Jefferson, Texas. Need I say more?
I have my eye on the Dyna Coral indoor-outdoor rug. Brightly colored, boldly patterned and made of easy-care, durable polypropylene–this rug will give any patio, porch or deck floor a big dose of wow.
My Texas porch is still a work in-progress but I do know this. When it’s finished, it’ll be the perfect place to sit a spell and drink a big glass of iced tea as my corgis nap. What more could a girl ask for?