Thursday, June 4, 2015

a patio before and after

Hey everyone!  I hope your week is ending on a great note!  Our lower patio that caused us so many headaches over the years is done.   All the flooding and drainage issues from this space have been resolved.  To finally be able to sit in this space and not despise it is a great feeling I must say!

the blank slate 



The chair is from Ikea and the little sofa is from World Market.  I got the throw pillows from Target and  everything else we had.  Potted up I have a white geranium, boxwood, lily of the valley, and a mixed pot with oxalis, sweet potato vine and a begonia.








I think I may just have a glass of wine out there later!  
And here is just a pretty photo from our walk in the park today!



Happy Making, Baking, and Growing!



73 comments:

  1. What a change....The lower patio looks like a comfortable and cozy place to sit enjoying a book and a glass of wine. So nice to spend some quiet moments when Beans are to bed at night.
    Wish you a wonderful sunny weekend in the garden!

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  2. Oh my!!! I remember that all full of rain water last year and now it looks like a magazine shoot. enjoy that wine you certainly deserve it. Jo x

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  3. Wow, the patio is a lot bigger than it looks in the before photo. I never would have guessed that a little sofa and chair would fit there! And then there is room for plants too! What a great place to sit back and relax. It is really fantastic, Nicole! That park is pretty impressive too.

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  4. That's a pretty dramatic transformation of the space Nicole! It looks like such a great little sanctuary now. I think you totally deserve to enjoy it every chance you get as the weather gets nicer lady. Hope you're enjoying a splendid week! Yay it's almost Friday!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  5. Oh Nicole, how I would love to join you on your beautiful patio....it would be such a joy to visit with you :) You have created a stunning and welcoming place to sit and enjoy the warmer months. Happy weekend, my sweet friend!

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  6. Nicole, it's beautiful! It looks like it was styled for a home magazine, that's how good everything looks together. The patio is going to be your new favorite place this summer, I can tell. Great job.

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  7. what a lovely space-looks like it is sunk in-which probably caused the flooding-love the new space you have created

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  8. Holy doodle what a change! Your deck looks fantastic and yes it looks like a picture in a magazine. Your pots are amazing and suit the decor 100% !! It's over the top!! What a great place to sit and have an adult moment or two with your sweetie and a nice glass of wine!! My daughter is going to flip out when she sees this as this is the look she loves. That's for more inspiration!!!Have a great weekend!!

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  9. OMGOODNESS!!!! You would never even know it was the same space. You did a GREAT job and a lot of work there. I hope you use it a LOT and enjoy every moment there. It is just beautiful!!!! xo daina

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  10. So pretty! It looks like a wonderful spot for relaxing :)

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  11. Very nice! It came out great, and you must love sitting out there and enjoying it. I really like the sense of enclosure from the substantial wall.

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  12. What a lovely and restful spot this is!! I'd like to curl up with a book and that glass of wine. I know your especially loving it knowing what you went through to make it this pretty. Enjoy it, my friend! Have a great weekend!

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  13. I think I'll join you for the glass of wine, that patio is so inviting! Love the Ikea chair too!!

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  14. WOW! Absolutely gorgeous, you've made such a beautiful area to sit. I'm going straight out to buy a white geranium, I'd forgotten how pretty they are. I'd spend the day there if I could I think! Have a good weekend Nicole. CJ xx

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  15. A beautiful transformation that looks very sophisticated - now you can spend many happy hours there admiring your surroundings.

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  16. Hi Nicole, The patio looks so relaxing and beautiful. I know you will spend many happy hours there now. I hope you will enjoy a delightful weekend.

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  17. Looks very beautiful!

    Have a nice weekend!

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  18. It looks fantastic! And what a wonderful spot for summer :) Hoorah! I'd quite fancy a glass of wine out there too ;) have a wonderful weekend xx

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  19. Oohhhhh how exciting for you, it looks a wonderful place to sit & relax now. Well done you, you certainly deserve that glass of wine. x

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  20. So Beautiful and I am sure you will have great moment all the Summer time!!!
    Miss xx

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  21. beautiful Nicole.. we have dug out all the brambles, weeds and over grown laurels from our back garden.. I must send you photos! it's a total disaster area right now.. this however is not! Your new patio is stunning and just looks so inviting.. I'll meet you there for a glass of wine later x

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  22. Hi Nicole, Gosh it's good to catch up with all you've been doing over the last few months, I missed the beautiful photos of your garden and all the green inspiration you share... I'll need it more than ever the rest of this year as we're moving to an apartment with no outside space before we buy again next year, so your pictures will have to keep me going! Your patio and your whole garden is looking good, and I loved what you did with your girls' room, so cute but also so grown up, definitely somewhere that can grow with them. It's interesting to read that you are getting in to permaculture too, My hubby did part of his university degree on permaculture! Have a fabulous weekend! Cate, xxx

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  23. Beautiful! I love how you put everything together! Cheers! :)

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  24. Wishing you a lovely weekend whilst enjoying the lovely outdoor room with your family:)

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  25. Can I come and sit with you and chat? It looks like a beautiful place to rest and find peace.
    Meredith

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  26. oh my god!!! i LOVE your patio. so beautiful, Nichole :) and it looks so cozy. i also love the furniture that you chose for your patio

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  27. What a lovely, welcoming patio! That the perfect place for an afternoon tea party.

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  28. Nicole it is crazy lovely!!! I am soooooo jealous! :D I love those pieces of furniture but I also love those pots you have out there! What a cozy little corner to just chill out and forget about everything!
    Hugs and enjoy the weekend,
    Beth

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  29. It is so fabulous Nicole!!!!! What a gorgeous area to sit out in, especially I imagine in the evenings! You must be so very pleased with it!!!! Much better than all that water everywhere!!!! xx

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  30. I adore your new patio area, so grown up and it looks so relaxing. Wish I lived closer, I share a wine there with you.

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  31. So cool Nicole. Just the spot to sink into on a warm summer's evening with a glass of chilled wine and how nice to have a grown-up corner in the garden. You are inspirational with your design ideas, thank you so much for sharing.

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  32. Wow it looks so inviting and magazine worthy Nicole you did an amazing job!

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  33. Awesome space you've created. You are going to have such a good use of it over the summer. I remember when you shared the before photo and I'm glad to now see the spectacular "after" results. That park walk way and garden is pretty awesome too.

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  34. Hi Nicole,
    What a beautiful job you've done decorating that space! It will certainly be fun to have company out there or just sit alone and enjoy the beauty around you!
    Happy Gardening!

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  35. What a lovely inviting corner - I'd love to sit there with a cup of tea (or glass of wine!) and just soak it all in. Don't think I could get away with the lovely sofa here - I'd be constantly running out to rescue the cushions when it rained! The chair though I could cope with - Ikea here I come! xx

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  36. Love it Nicole! That area was MADE for chilling out with a glass of wine! Xx

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  37. Your new patio looks amazing! I love the way everything works so well together, what a wonderful place to sit and relax.
    Helen xox

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  38. Your patio is absolutely gorgeous! Well done.

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  39. What a beautiful place... an area for solitude and contemplation. As well as a family gathering spot in the coolness of the trees on a hot day. it will find lots of use as the season progresses.
    Susan

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  40. It's beautiful.It inspires me (I want a patio now!). You made a great impact using a minimal amount of furniture and it is unique (I love unique).
    The plants were well chosen and wow at the white geranium.
    It seems like a friendly-cost cost patio corner but it looks like a million dollars.

    Nichole, this is classy and cosy at the same time. Great corner.

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  41. Love the flowers! Warm weather is awesome!!

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  42. just lovely! I think I'd sit out there with a glass of wine pretty much every night if it were mine :)

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  43. Hope your little ones are better soon. Thanks for dropping by. Jo x

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  44. you are the EXPERT llyt-er :) the patio looks beautiful - summer living here we come!

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  45. It looks amazing! That coffee table is the best. I really like the shape and style. I love your comment about being able to enjoy it without despising it! ha!! Perseverance is the key.

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  46. Oh Nicole, what a delightful space you've made! I have a similar space that has been recently created in the garden. It has left me with a very wide border to plant up, and a large space to fill. I am hankering after a relaxed seating area, and yours have given me such inspiration. Enjoy that glass off wine, my friend. And thank you for your lovely words written on my blog. They are very much appreciated.
    Leanne xx

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  47. Oh wow, it's looks so cool! Just the perfect space for enjoying a glass of wine once those beans are safely tucked up! Bravo madam! x

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  48. Beautiful! It looks so cosy and inviting :) a lovely place to enjoy alone or with others :) I hope you had an enjoyable glass of wine! You have such wonderful taste and an amazing eye :) have a good week my friend xo

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  49. I would so love to have a glass of wine with you in this beautiful space! Well done Nicole, the patio looks stunning.

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  50. Wow, it's really, really beautiful. I love that couch....and table! Just perfect. I'm sitting on my deck, after a 90+ degree day, drinking wine right now. ;)

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  51. Wow, your patio looks like a photo spread from a magazine! Good work!

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  52. What a nice job you did Nicole! I think you made it look fresh and new and yet many of the pieces are reused. You have to be very creative to do that.

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  53. A beautiful and inviting spot to relax and enjoy the view. Congratulations on a job well done! I hope you have lots of opportunities to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor :)

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  54. Oh, wow, I cannot even imagine it the way it was before. It looks incredible now. Great work. I like the way it turned out. :
    ) /Madison
    Summer Giveaway

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  55. Nicole - Your patio is gorgeous!!!!

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  56. Dear Nicole,

    So wonderful! I love your new patio and can see you relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine in the evening out there.
    Hope you are enjoying the week and thanks for the kind visit to my blog and birthday wishes for my husband
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  57. Oh that space is so perfect. I would live out there. The park is nice too, lots of lovely walks there I bet
    Enjoy
    Janice

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  58. Nicole, I need to have you come and arrange my patio! My husband has so much stuff out there (hedge trimmers, rakes, shovel, wheel barrow), I tell him it looks like The Grapes of Wrath! I'd like to make it so pretty that would never happen again, and you really have a talent for it!

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  59. Your patio is just great! What a relaxing place to sit and enjoy a glass or two. :-) You did a wonderful job.

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  60. Love the place. Good place to relax...

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  61. Love your patio, what a great place to sit and relax and take in mother nature :) love it!

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  62. Hi Nicole! I am in love with your beautiful outdoor space! It looks so peaceful and relaxing! The stone walls, slate flooring, beautiful furniture and planters, and the setting, is all just perfect. A lovely grown-up space for a very busy Mom to enjoy at the end of a long day. I so wish I could stop by and visit with a bottle of wine. Hugs xo Karen

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  63. You've created a really beautiful corner, Nicole. I like the way that you have kept the colour neutral so that the whole area feels quiet and contemplative - your wine will have to be white!!

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  64. Oh that table is soooooo retro!! I love it, what a great place to have wine! I can't wait till you become a well known yard designer, and I can hire you to redo my ugly patio!! You have a gift for this thing you know!

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  65. You turned this space into something beautiful! I love it too!
    I would love to sit there with you enjoying a good glass of fine wine! 😉

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  66. What a lovely spot to sit and chill x

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  67. Nicole, your patio looks so beautiful. Your yard is amazing.

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  68. Love the patio-scape you have set up! Even though it's neutrals, it's very cozy. Looks like a relaxing place to go, even on a hot day!

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  69. Your patio looks great. I love the variety of flowers you planted :)

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  70. This NEEDS to go in a gardening magazine, dearie! NEEDS TO! It's fabulous! I LOVE! I'll meet you there any time! :) xoxoxoxo Jen

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