Friday, April 16, 2010

Patio Makeover Part 1 & Giveaway #3






Our lil weekend cottage was in such rough shape on the inside that we agreed to wait on the outside projects.   And, although prioritizing is an important role in renovation, who can prioritize with 70 degree temps and sunshine outside!?..  Certainly not us!  So, we switched gears and turned our attention to the side yard and patio last weekend.
We created this little nook in one area of the patio with salvaged flea market finds.   I really like how this little corner turned out.

Here's where we started.  The lattice fence is quaint enough, but it needed some character and warmth.  

 I love the old bricks, they've probably been there for 50 years or more.  We will definitely keep them although we may re-lay them sometime in the future.
We started by hanging an old shutter and a window from an old farmhouse.  This patio is not far from a busy street so these elements offer a little extra privacy as well as give the space some extra aged character.
For light in the evening, we hung one of our turkey feeder lights.  We've made and sold these for several years at the shoppe and I'm soon going to add them to the online store!  Customers love them!
Last, I brought in the antique chaise that I featured previously and a luggage rack that I bought from Ethel (she doesn't have a blog yet, but I'm told one is coming).  A piece of glass placed on top of the luggage rack and it makes a perfect outdoor table.  Simple natural accents complete the look and this breezy spot is ready to sit with a glass of iced tea and read magazines.
Move your mouse over the image below to see the transformation!











More to come on the patio...
Meanwhile, Giveaway #3 of celebrating our 5 Year Anniversary has officially begun.  The winner will receive a pretty French Script pillow just like the one pictured above....they are so charming with great neutral colors!  

Entering to win is easy, just follow and comment.  Triple your chances by adding my blog button and linking back to this post!  I will announce the winner on Sunday!  Good luck!


102 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I really would love to win this pillow!!!

~Deborah~ said...

OOPS - I'm #1...don't know if that is good. Anyway - I love the pillow. It would go so well in my neutral Paris bedroom! Here's hoping!

Deborah in NC

Lisa said...

I love what you've done with your sweet patio! You added such charm! And your chaise is sheer perfection.
PS I'm an avid follower.:)

~Deborah~ said...

Your giveaway button and your blog button is on my sidebar.

Deborah in NC

~Deborah~ said...

I am a follower of your beautiful blog!

Deborah in NC

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Beautiful transformation. What time can I come by for a visit :)

Vanessa said...

What a beautiful blog! I'm loving all your pics and projects. Have a great day! Vanessa

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the pillow, Laurie Anna! I have to say that the shutter and window you added by the lattice really made a difference for a quick addition. It looks like it separates the two areas a little bit, too. Love that chaise ~ you enjoy those magazines and iced tea!

joanne said...

lovin' the patio transformation!

already a follower so count me in for that pretty pillow..;p

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and love the pillow! It would be so pretty in my French bedroom!!!

Cristy in Alabama

slommler said...

Love the patio re-do and the pillow!!
And I am a follower!!
woohoo
SueAnn

Jennifer said...

Your make over looks wonderful - it must feel so good to be able to take something and make it your's. I'll be stopping by and hope you'll peek in on me one of these days, Jennifer at jennsthreegraces

Pamela said...

Your patio is looking good!
I would love to win that pillow see if I can figure out how to add your button to my blog...still learning things here!
Boy I wish someone would adopt that kitty it stresses me out!!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I do follow your blog. :)

Amy R. said...

Cute patio! So inventive! I just love the pillow too!
I am already a follower.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

The addition of the vintage pieces to your patio is so beautiful! What a wonderful place it will be to hang out all summer!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful pillow and it would look great in my bedroom. I am a follower!

Alaina said...

Yes, how could you not be outside in beautiful weather, I can not blame you. I love the relaxing area you have made for yourself. As for your give away, how wonderful, I know just where I would put it if I were to win. I wish, I wish, I wish.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Your outdoor space just beckons relaxation now. I love the turkey feeder light as well. It all came together very nicely.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Ahhhh, yes. I would expect nothing less. It's wonderful! ~Mindy

BB said...

Hmmm. I have a window and shutters just sittin' around in the basement. Neat idea.
Love the pillow!

Jenn Greeley said...

Love the shutters...but I'm sure you knew that. Thanks again for the chance. I'm following and the button is on Shutters.

Karen said...

I love that Chicago brick. My niece found one in her 100 year old home in Austin, Texas. I think there is a neat story associated with it but I sure can't remember what it is. (Gettin' old is tough!)
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Debbie said...

And yet again, I love that transformation! It just says cozy to me.

Love the pillow. Want it. Willing to sing, "Ain't to proud to beg..."

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh my... I love the pillow and your redo... Made a cozy space and I enjoyed my visit...

paperjunk-lc said...

Can't wait for Canton. I'll be there with my partners in crime and we will be making a bee line for LA's!

Juanita said...

This would look wonderful on my covered porch that I am redoing! I am a follower and have your button on my blog!Have a blessed day!
Juanita

Colleen said...

Love your blog...and the pillow :)

ckbaker46@yahoo.com

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love the pillow. stop by my blog when you have time and enter my giveaway. i have another pair of great brass candlesticks which will be posted on saturday and the amber fairy lights are on there now!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh your little side patio is so cute...love the idea of the luggage rack for a table!

she dreams big! said...

I can just picture you sitting in that little nook with a glass of something in your hand! I'm a follower, I've posted your giveaway on my sidebar and I'm ready to win this darling pillow!

RobinBirdsNest said...

Love the way the patio turned out! And that chase is so cool!! Wold love to win your lovely script pillow!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Entry #3: I have your giveaway blog button on my blog sidebar.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Entry #2: I am a follower

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Looks fabulous. I love all the elements you used. And the pillow for your giveaway is divine.

Mary Ellen said...

I have both your buttons on my sidebar too!

Mary Ellen said...

Love the pillow and LOVE you pretty patio area!! I am trying to clear out my detached sun room which has been the catch all for my booth junk. It's time to make it a cozy place! Your pillow would look great there!!

I am already a follower-

Christina said...

Would love to win this! Your patio look amazing and so inviting

fiberdoodles said...

1. What a charming little retreat you have fixed up here. A lovely place to sit and listen to the birds chirp :)

2. I follow devotedly
3. Your lovely giveaway is posted on my sidebar

Enjoy your day!

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a lovely make over. It is such a romantic and beautiful place to sit down and relax. I love it.

That pillow is a beauty too!

Hugs,
Joanne

Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh I'm a follower and I have your button and connection back to your blog, on my blog.

Hugs,
Joanne

Catherine Holman said...

I'm a new follower of your beautiful blog! Great giveaway!
Catherine

Elsie said...

LaurieAnna I love your little nook.
It is so cute. Love the pillow too.:O)

Tracy F said...

Hand me a Diet Coke and a good book and I could sit in that chaise all day long - lovely transformation! Love the pillow as well....

Jennifer said...

Love this pillow! It would great on my bed!

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Oh and I'm a follower!

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

That makeover is fabulous. I am jealous I don't have those beautiful old bricks in my backyard! You did an incredible job. I'd love to be entered in the give away!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I love everything you have done with the patio. It looks wonderful!!! Blessings~~~ Daphne

Pearl said...

Yeehowdy! love the look of your nook! And a pillow to boot, and of course I want to win!!!!! Thanks for the oppurtonity kid.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I am already a follower. Thanks for a great giveaway. Love & blessings from NC!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Love your patio. Thanks for including me in your wonderful giveaway. Love & blessings from NC!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i would love to win this! thanks for the chance!

McCarthy Designs said...

Your patio looks fantastic I love what you have done with it! I love you pillow and would love to win. I am also a follower! xx

Anonymous said...

I love your patio. Can't tell its close to the street. It is charming. Please enter my name for this lovely pillow. I read your blog all the time.

Terri
fallingleaves@att.net

porva inn said...

LaurieAnna you are a real inspiration to me.
thank you to share your great idea's with us.
greetings Trudy

Hil'Lesha said...

Lovin' your blog! =)

HilLesha@gmail.com

sinnlighet said...

Godmorning, Sweden here....

I must tell you, that I love your virtual & image blog!! Amazing mix of pic's & so much inspiration!

Regards from Agneta

suzeeez said...

I just love your little nook you've created! I love the old window in there,great idea. I also love that pillow.Could you please include me in your give-away.
:o) Sue

Paula said...

A beautiful little patio...loving the old bricks!
Loving the pillow...paris dreams!!

Alison Gibbs said...

Another amazing transformation. Such a welcoming little spot
Alison

Marina at Shabby Whites said...

***** 5 Stars
Beautiful transformation, I love the shutter and window. They look right at home...as if they've been there forever. The turkey feeder light is fab! I see why they were so popular. I already follow, so good luck to me on winning the pretty script pillow ;-)

~Marina

persis said...

your cottage looks so PRETTY!.. i love those pillows!

Persis.
http://onestylemile.blogspot.com/

Emily said...

Your patio is so sweet and charming. What a great place to escape to and read (or nap) on a warm afternoon! Hope you have a chance to enjoy it!!!!
Thanks for sharing! :o)

shabbyloft said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want a turkey feeder light! How much are they? Love your blog. It has become my number one favorite....

Lloyd said...

I came across your blog and I love what I see.
I think you've just turned your patio into a simple, cozy place. Outdoor cushions and white furniture go hand in hand!

LloydBurrell

lifespassion said...

Love the photos of the patio - charming and would love to curl up and read a book there with a glass of wine in my hand!

LauraP said...

Love the patio!

Love the Decor! said...

Love this pillow. it would be a nice touch in my family room!!

Lynnette said...

Lovin' everything about your makeover! Also, lovin' the pillow...I have the perfect place for it...in my cozy chair and a half that sits right under my framed print I bought in Paris!! I really think it was meant to be, so.......Pick Me!!! Pretty Please!!

Roseanna said...

Love the porch makeover. The shutter and the light are perfect...

bj said...

Your patio is adorable. I love the things you've added for charm and character. Now, I am inspired to work on mine after the 3 day rain is over. :))
I will FOLLOW you to the ends of the earth for that pillow. OMGosh..it is awesome. Will take your button and link back.
Thanks for giving us a chance at your beautiful and generous giveaway.
xo bj

barbaraboxell said...

The patio look great-and that pillow would look great in my bedroom!

Cindy said...

Just found your lovely blog and am a new follower. That shabby shutter is really cool and the pillow is luscious!

Cindy said...

Just added your button to my side bar. Great give away!

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

I would love to have that pillow. LOL...I'd have to brush up on my french to read it, which I'd have to do. Not know what it said would drive me nuts! LOL. OK...now to the patio...what I wouldn't give to have that gorgeous spot! Tha light...I LOVE it. Nice job on that space...I could spend a lot of time out there...:-)
Tami E.
PS..I am already a happy follower...

Ticking and Toile said...

love the patio makeover! It looks beautiful! I think I need to go fluff my patio now!! :) Love the pillow!

Shellagh

Ann Tatum said...

Just found your blog from the Frugal Friday link on The Shabby Nest. Love the pillow & your patio makeover.

Faded Charm said...

You always inspire me LaurieAnna. This little area looks so inviting and i, too love the light fixture.

Please add my name to your wonderful giveaway. This pillow would fit perfectly into my decor.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend.

Kathleen

GypsyNurse said...

Already a follower..and I just love what you are doing!! (green with envy here!)
Smiles~
Cat

raggygirlvintage said...

Your patio is so gorgeous! I'd love to be included in your giveaway, the french pillow is lovely!
Tracey

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

LOVE The patio transformation, I'm off to find a window for mine.
Also love this giveaway.

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

I'm also a follower,
Sylvia

Victoria said...

Your patio looks beautiful! I'm already a follower and I can see there's lots of competition here!!!

Jennifer@3sonsandadaughter said...

As usual, your makeover is just beautiful! What a lovely patio!!

Jennifer@3sonsandadaughter said...

I have also changed to your new sidebar button. Thanks for the opportunities!! xoxo
Jennifer

Jennifer@3sonsandadaughter said...

I am definitely a follower of your blog!!

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Love your Patio Makeover! Just became a follower.

Irma :)

Marsha said...

I love your makeover. Sure makes me want to take my tea and magazines to the patio. I would love the pillow. Great giveaway.

Raye Marie said...

Your patio is charming. I would love to settle in with a good book and a cold glass of lemonade. I love the pillow. There is a perfect little spot for it on my couch. Thanks for the giveaway!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow, I love this and would love to see more. I love it when people decorate their porches and patios with a vintage feel. Absolutely love that shutter and window thing y ou have going...oh my....that got to me! hahaha....I'm ready to head outside and redo my porch...I have shutters and an old window...it's late at night...but you have the ideas swirling in my head now! Blessings,
Debbie

Laura said...

Talk about being late to the party!
I so enjoy visiting your shop when I get to Canton with my daughter, who lives in Dallas.
In fact I used some of your green moss in a recent buffet tablescape post (Green and White).
I have also had the pleasure of visiting your space at the Nutcracker Market.
Amazing.
I am a follower, and a fellow Texas blogger.

Stop by if you have a chance-

Laura

White Spray Paint

Curiosity Cottage said...

This is so beautiful!!! I cannot wait to finish my outdoor project to post my pictures too. You are a true inspiration!!

Jen - Curiosity Cottage

Curiosity Cottage said...

This is so BEAUTIFUL!!! I just discovered your site last night, but am now a follower!! :-) I cannot wait to finish my own outdoor project to post the finished pictures!!

Jen ~ Curiosity Cottage

Evi said...

Just beautiful - wonderful transformation!! I'm inspired :)

handbags*n*pigtails said...

I want that pillow! Just found you through SNS(Im linked up too!) and became a follower.
Sarah
HandbagsnPigtails.blogspot.com
esgutierrez4@msn.com

Dianna said...

It's amazing how a few pieces can transform a space. I really like the light too. Awesome!

Allison said...

Not sure if I am too late on the giveaway- I'm a few days behind on my blog reading- but I love that pillow!! And I am a follower already! :)

Mzzterry said...

would love to win that pillow...of course i follow, all the popular girls do *wink*

One Life Many Journeys said...

I like what the shutter did for the room.

Design Apprentice said...

Wow you transformed this porch into a marvel! I love it. How did you hand the turkey light? I want that light badly, its so eclectic.

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