Jewel is the lifestyle blogger behind Eat.Drink.Shop.Love, and she took part in our Patio Style Challenge series a while back. But she was knee deep in moving boxes, getting settled in a new condo at the time, so she styled her friend Sonya’s small deck with the furniture. Lucky Sonya! But the furniture is now in its rightful place, and we get a chance to see Jewel’s expert small patio ideas in not one, but two places.
As you’ll see, Jewel makes full use of her condo balcony, creating a comfortable and colorful space that’s great for relaxing (and growing a few herbs).
My inspiration behind this space was to make an outdoor living area feel like an indoor space. I wanted my patio to serve as a functional area that was perfect for winding down after a long day’s work or for entertaining friends on the weekends.
To start the summer off with a fresh start in my new home, I switched out the cushions and pillows with new ones to give the space a subtle pop of color. I fell in love with this Byzantine Outdoor Rug from Home Decorators Collection. It really brings the small outdoor space together.
This year I also wanted to tap into my gardening abilities, so I planted a few hydrangea plants and created a small herb garden with fresh basil, rosemary, and mint. I always use fresh herbs in my recipes, so it’s going to be nice to just walk out to my patio and pick herbs for dinner.
I’m looking forward to enjoying hot summer nights in Georgia on my patio while drinking sweet tea and noshing on small bites.
By adding pops of color, a statement rug, and some greenery, anyone can make a small outdoor space feel large and comfy.
Jewel Hazelton is the founder of Eat.Drink.Shop.Love, a lifestyle blog about her love of food, fashion, interiors, travel, and entertaining. She lives in Atlanta.
For more small patio ideas, see other Patio Style Challenge articles as well as our Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest. And browse our Outdoor Department for everything you need to enhance your outdoor space.
Jewel received a Home Depot gift card to complete her patio refresh, but the ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.