Monday, June 3, 2019

Spring Into Summer Porches, Patios, and Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop

Good Morning! 
I want to say a big thank you to Amber at Follow The Yellow Brick Home for putting this fun blog hop together. What a fun theme for a hop.
Her spaces are always amazing.

If you are coming from Decor to Adore, welcome. Laura has such a cute house and garden. I love that blue tablescape.

I love indoor throws and pillows used outside. The other day, I grabbed side tables, an ottoman, quilts, and throw pillows to create a cozy space for coffee and wine drinking this weekend.

We love spending time under our new gazebo on the deck. 

We've been very busy this spring working on our outdoor living space.
When we bought our house, we had a small covered patio. It wasn't a very useable space. There was enough room for a small dining table and a porch swing. When we had teenagers, Bill enclosed the room with a sliding door and windows. We lost our patio but we gained a quiet space where we could escape from video games and garage bands.
We still needed outdoor living space so Bill built our deck. It's huge. For several years we used a cantilever umbrella for shade. It shaded the love seat or the two chairs but not both. It wasn't a great solution and it finally wore out. Instead of replacing it, we opted for a cover of some kind.

The Sojag Gazebo by Messina is sturdy enough to handle our Texas wind but it's light weight enough so that it won't damage the deck. We ordered ours through Costco. Similar - here.  
We put it together ourselves and still managed to keep our marriage in tact.

Messina Sojag Gazebo, Cost Co.

Mosquito netting was included with the purchase and it's a must since we live on the edge of a wooded area. 

There is something about a cover that offers protection from the sun but it also gives boundaries to the seating area, so the space feels more like a room.

It was overcast and cloudy on Friday morning. I pulled out some fun, homey looking elements and decorated the space. 
The cushions are made for the outdoors. The pillows are not made of outdoor fabric but I bought some Never Wet that I'm going to try out. I don't want the pillows to mildew.

It started to sprinkle while I was outside. It wasn't one of the driving rains which are common in Texas so the space didn't fall victim to damp cushions. 

The candles provide ambience and mosquito protection for any stragglers that have found their way into the gazebo.

We've had blue and white for quite a few years and black and white seemed like a fun change.
Greens looks amazing with black and white.

The accent colors are endless with this scheme. I love the deep red of the miniature rose.
It came from the grocery store. Once the blooms are spent, it will get planted in the ground.

The citronella candles were a gift but they came from Walmart.

The pillows on the love seat came from Pottery Barn. I just love their pillows.
I always feel like they are a fun splurge.
The quilts proved a colorful touch but they are also available in the event of a dip in temperature.
That is rare, though, during a Texas summer.

That is it for now.
 Be sure to visit Carol at Art and Sand. She has such a beautiful yard on the coast of California.
You will not want to miss the other blogs on this tour.
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  1. Katie great outdoor space. The black and white is a nice addition.

    Enjoy your day


  2. Your deck is such a fabulous outdoor space and the gazebo is perfect. It truly creates such an inviting room. Love your quilts, so pretty

  3. Your outdoor space is just fabulous! I love Pottery Barn pillow too. The quilt is divine!

  4. I am smitten with your quilt! I love using quilts outdoors too! You have such a lovely space! Happy summer!

  5. Katie I love your outdoor space. You have created a lovely place for you and your family to enjoy the summer nights and early mornings. I love all of it.

  6. This is the perfect spot to relax and I love that quilt! It is a pleasure to join you for the hop this week!Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  7. I have to say, I love all the looks but especially the quilt! Oh, how delightful!

  8. What a great outdoor addition! Love the gazebo, and it really is like having an extra room. I'm in love with your quilts out there, so homey and comfortable and inviting!

  9. Your space looks wonderful...and cool. It's been so hot here I don't even want to sit on our porch or our deck!!!

  10. Katie it all looks so pretty. Love seeing all the pretty porches and decks in the blog hop.
    Have a great week.

  11. Katie,
    Your new deck gazebo is perfect for our weather! I have been thinking about adding some kind of mosquito netting to my back porch, but there are too many other things on the list before it. Your black and white cushions are pretty and do look great with green.

    Have a great summer under your new gazebo,


  12. I just love that you are using your beautiful quilts. I need to use mine more rather than just keep them on a shelf.

  13. How charming and cozy,love your decoration!

  14. Black and white with green is one of my favorite color combos! Love the vintage quilts, Katie. It is amazing how an enclosure just creates a space so much more than an open deck; I'm sure you'll be spending many hours out there this summer! Protection from mosquitos-Yay!

  15. I admire your skills in putting together the gazebo. Those projects are always fun to look back at and hopefully have a few laughs. It's a beautiful outdoor space and I know you will enjoy getting away from the mosquitos!

  16. What a fantastic back yard and seating area. Love that gazebo and the surrounding woods. It's all like a retreat. Great job!

  17. Simply beautiful Katie! I always love seeing your deck. I love the gazebo, it looks so much like a "room" and cozy! I have been wondering about a spray to protect my new yellow checked pillows for the porch since they are actually indoor pillows. I will have to try "Never Wet" too.

    I love the black and white scheme. It will look great year round. Thanks for showing this area on an overcast day. It is real life, and it looks great even on a rainy day, perhaps even more cozy and inviting.

    Thanks so much for joining the hop. Happy almost summer!

  18. I love all the mix of black and white under your new gazebo Katie, it's really pretty. I can tell you guys have been working hard on this space because it looks completely different now. I know the gazebo and the netting really helps during the summer. It looks like such a fun place to relax and unwind. Hugs and happy summer, CoCo

  19. You are so right, black and white go so well with so many colors, but look great in the out of doors, like on your deck. The gazebo is fantastic! Along with the mosquito netting, it makes for a cozy getaway right in your back yard! Just lovely!

  20. Katie, the pergola is such a great way to provide shade and protection in our Texas heat. We need the same solution for our patio. Love the addition of the quilts for a vintage feel.

  21. Your new gazebo is just perfect! And the mosquito nets are a must... and keep out bees and wasps too! Enjoy your beautiful space!

  22. Katie, I love the pops of red with your small rose and in your pillows! Your porch is lovely!!! Will stop by some of the other bloggers as I get time. Love seeing new ideas.

    Enjoy your summer decorated porch,
    Barb :)

    p.s. Featuring your post as part of Share Your Style #212 this week. <3

  23. Thanks for sharing your pretty porch at Vintage Charm!

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