In this post: Summer entertaining is much more enjoyable in a beautiful setting. Up your patio decor game by adding summer style with outdoor accessories.⇒
A week ago I looked at my patio and it looked like a barren wasteland. I half expected tumbleweed to blow by.
It’s not that we hadn’t brought the furniture out yet. The deck was even immaculate having just been power washed. But my ever-so-neutral sectional and tables were looking more like winter than the vibrance of my favorite colorful season.
A re-boot was definitely in order.
Since my goal was to refresh my patio without actually buying any furniture and with a budget to adhere to, the plan was to do all the work with accessories and to make the space inviting and pleasant.
As with most great decorating efforts, the best place to start was with flowers. I found a wonderful buttery yellow pitcher and filled it with a spray of aromatic lilacs. This floral display became my muse, driving the color palette for my patio decor.
Thee lilac and yellow combination looked cheery mixed with all the whites on my patio, from the lattice drum table I placed it upon, to the cushions of the dominating sectional.
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A sweet little farmhouse carafe came next, serving up farm fresh orange juice for a jolt of color, and a welcoming way to start the morning. It’s part of a charming caddy set that comes with matching glasses.
Vintage grain sack pillows mix nicely with embroidered linen ruffles and a colorful lightweight throw. Ok, it’s actually a pashmina shawl and I’ve used it for everything from a tablecloth to a throw. The one thing I’ve never used it as…
is a pashmina shawl!
The brilliance of the lilac throw is what adds personality to the updated patio. The same effect can be achieved using pillows, as well, but I was going for a summer country feel, so stayed with white linens for my pillows instead.
(I have since accumulated a collection of brightly hued outdoor pillows, which can be used to change the color feeling each season.)
What summer gathering is complete without a bit of fruit?
This sweet distressed bowl is perfectly sized for the teak coffee table and imparts a lovely rustic vibe. Pretty French embroidered napkins add a note of grace that balances the more rugged elements.
Our rattan sectional was one of our first purchases in this home and it’s held up perfectly over the few years that we’ve lived here. It takes up a good portion of the patio offering lots of seating, along with a place to eat casually and to get sun, as well.
The cream cushions make it easy to update the look of our space with a simple change of outdoor decorative items.
I added chunky glass lanterns to hold candles in the evenings when the sun begins to fade. They’re also great for citronella candles to keep bugs and pests away.
Another option would be to fill them with string lights for a bit of a different look.
The vintage-inspired seltzer bottle is a fun nod to times past, but is also great for serving cold drinks. A distressed white serving tray sits at the ready to corral juice glasses and other serving pieces.
And since anticipating guests’ needs is always appreciated, I included the gold sphere, above, to keep napkins tidy and from blowing away in the breeze.
Our patio is compact, but it’s a place we love to entertain and our decor is sure to set the tone. Having outdoor accessories to add personality to our furniture is both practical as well as pretty!
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