New Patio On Lovers Lane

Toni Roberts

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of Design Dazzle

New Patio On Lovers Lane

Toni Roberts of Design Dazzle has a new house. What has been missing was a new patio.

For our Patio Style Challenge, Toni brought in outdoor rugs, new patio furniture and a DIY hanging table to create an outdoor space that’s attractive, comfortable and something to be proud of.

See how she made her new patio come together.

Last year we purchased a “new to us” home, a brick rambler situated on over an acre. When I first showed my husband the listing for this home, right away he noticed the name of the street – Lovers Lane. He said, ” I’m not living on Lovers Lane!” Well, we went and looked at the property and here we are now living on “Lovers Lane”.  It’s actually a fun street to live on, and the name always brings a smile to my face.

Patio before a makeover

The home is about 19 years old. It was clean with beautiful views, but the interior of the house was quite dated. I couldn’t wait to use my design skills to transform the home and add my personal touch. As you can see above, the patio needed some design help too, but it would have to wait. Up until now, the only thing we had done to our patio was use it to store our junk. But, this was the summer I wanted to create an outdoor retreat on our patio. So, when I found out I was part of the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge, it was a big “yippee!” and an “oh my gosh how exciting!!!”

Posada Lounge Chair Chat Set and Crossfire Fire Pit

I was offered the Posada Lounge Chair Chat Set with the Hampton Bay Posada Patio Side Table. The Posada Collection is very customizable, with 16 different fabric colors, from neutral to bold, along with tons of coordinating outdoor accents, outdoor pillows and even four umbrellas to choose from.

I ordered the Sunbrella weather-resistant slipcover set in Spectrum Sand color, which matches the cushions from my outdoor lounge chairs that I’ve had for many years. I love neutral cushions. They provide the perfect backdrop for any throw pillows or colorful accessories. Also, with neutral cushions, I can change out the colors on my patio easily any time just by changing out a few accessories like throw pillows, a rug, or melamine outdoor dinnerware.

And, what else goes with a beautiful seating area? How about a fire pit? Yep, I was really hoping to have a fire pit in this backyard. I’ve had a fire pit before in my yard. It’s such a great opportunity to gather friends around the fire for a fun evening of socializing and friendship! Now I’m enjoying the Crossfire Steel Fire Pit. It comes with a cooking grate, in case we want to use it for grilling (but wait til you see the grill we got for the new patio!).

How I Created My New Patio

Up first, I created a floor plan incorporating the outdoor furniture I already owned and the pieces The Home Depot was sending my way. Once I figured this part out, I was delighted to find that I had enough room to make an outdoor hanging table! Ever since I laid my eyes on a hanging table I need to have one.

My patio was a perfect spot to hang the wood table with the high ceilings and sturdy covered patio ceiling. I purchased some really cool metal chairs online from The Home Depot. They were backordered, so I’ll have to post an update to show the chairs around the hanging table. Check out my tutorial showing how to make this hanging table here on The Home Depot Blog. It’s not as hard as it looks!

Outdoor pouf

The smoker/grill was placed near the table. It’s a Smokin’ Champ Charcoal Grill from Char-Griller. I also added a patio plant and some fun décor like this pouf purchased at The Home Depot.

Outdoor seating with a fire pit

I also wanted to create a seating area around the fire pit. Can’t wait to get the fire pit going for some s’mores or cooking hot dogs around the fire.

New patio after a makeover

Also on my agenda was to cover part of the concrete with an outdoor rug. Rugs bring warmth, texture and sometimes color to an area! I chose two rugs— one is a neutral basic rug -the second rug is a pretty navy colored rug with white, large medallions. I layered the navy partially over the neutral. I love the look!

New Patio of Lovers Lane

The Home Depot had a selection of outdoor pillows in various colors and prints to add pops of color and texture to my sand colored cushions. The majority of the pillows were purchased at Home Depot. The brightly colored floral pillow is the Francesca Floral Outdoor Pillow. There’s also a Francesca Stripe Pillow that coordinates with the floral. I love the color the pillows added to my patio. Most of my home is very neutral. So, it’s fun to see some color on my outdoor room.

Hanging table with lighting on newly decorated patio

Patio with new outdoor furniture and hanging table

The Home Depot has a great selection of outdoor flameless candles. Love the large sizes!

I also added a fun DIY beam chandelier that I will share in an upcoming post on my blog.

New Patio on Lovers Lane


Container plants are great for adding “landscaping” to a patio space. I purchased some Ranunculus that are supposedly deer resistant. (We’ll see how long they last.) Rosemary was planted in one of my urns. I also got a vine for the back patio corner. Succulents were planted in a galvanized chicken feeder and placed on the table.

Hanging table under covered patio

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my Patio Style Challenge. To sit outside and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in such a lovely patio area is very gratifying. We can’t wait to entertain friends and family in our new outdoor retreat!

Toni Roberts created Design Dazzle to share fabulous decorating ideas and design inspiration for babies, kids and teens. You’ll find ideas for kids parties, decor ideas, DIY projects, baby nurseries, awesome kids rooms, crafts and more!

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