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The Summer Outdoor Living Tour

June 18, 2017
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Hi friends! Welcome to the Summer Outdoor Living Tour! I’m so glad you’re here!  I’m thrilled to be included with a fantastic group of bloggers who’ve worked hard to share some beautiful outdoor living inspiration with you today.

If you’ve arrived here from Alyse Warren, I’d like to extend a special welcome to you!  Be sure to check out all of the other amazing bloggers in this special outdoor living tour as I know you’ll love what they have to share!

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porche and outdoor spaces

As you’re taking the tour, I’ll pop in with a few descriptions, but mostly I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  Enjoy and thank you again for stopping by!

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

Today I’m featuring our covered back patio area, because we use this space all summer long for eating, relaxing and entertaining.  Our patio functions as an added room to our home in the summer.  That’s why it’s important to me that this outdoor space is both comfortable and functional.

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

 

My theme for the patio–and really everything–this summer is easy and breezy.  If you saw my patio mood board post from a couple of weeks ago, you know I decided to keep it simple and stick to a clean, classic color scheme of navy and white this year.

I love blue during any season, but especially in the summer, so it was easy for me to get really excited about decorating our patio with this color as well.

I didn’t add any new furniture to the patio this year, although a larger table and additional seating are on my wish list!  We live in an area that occasionally has high winds, so heavyweight furniture is a must!

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

I simply updated our look with new seat cushions and rugs, all from Target.  With a dog–and two little granddaughters who visit often–these navy easy-to-clean cushions were the best choice for our outdoor living space.

I already had the accent pillows and decorative items on hand, so it was an easy and affordable way to refresh the look of our patio.  Since navy is such a great neutral, I can always update the look of our patio simply by adding different colored pillows!

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porche and outdoor spaces

By using green as my accent color this year, all I needed were a few ferns, herbs and house plants to complete the look.  Vibrant green looks so pretty with blues and whites, adding a fresh summery vibe.

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

Don’t forget to use your yard as a source for fresh flowers or greenery for your home or patio.  The greenery on my table includes cuttings from our Russian almond bush.

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

Enjoying the beauty of nature is our main focus when we’re out here.  I snapped these photos a couple of weeks ago when everything was just starting to leaf out.  I just love that vibrant green of springtime!

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

Our patio faces west, with strong afternoon and evening sunlight, so our outdoor curtains not only add a pretty touch, but much-needed shade.  It’s amazing how much more livable this space is with the addition of curtains!

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

When the wind blows, I simply tie the curtains back with a length of twine or ribbon to keep them from flapping around.

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

For outdoor entertaining, I like to keep a set of non-breakable dinner plates handy.  They’re so much prettier than paper plates!  (Although I have to admit, we still use paper plates, too!)

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

A crisp white table cloth and pretty woven placemats add a nice finished look to the table.  I leave the table cloth on the table all summer long, removing it only when it needs to be washed.  Since it’s white, I can bleach it when it gets stained.

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

The heavy white tray helps hold the table cloth down when the wind blows and serves as a nice centerpiece and catch-all.  I bought this one a couple of years ago, but here’s something similar.

round cutting board doubles as a serving tray.  The tea towel is from Anthro (my favorite source for pretty towels!).

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

I like to use all-weather baskets to hold extra pillows and soften some of the hard edges of the patio.  And a couple of throw blankets add warmth on chilly evenings.

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

Overhead, string lights criss-cross back and forth.  They create such a lovely glow and festive atmosphere when they’re lit up at night!

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porche and outdoor spaces

Over on the other side of the patio, we have a little sitting area with a glider and a small table.

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

This is the perfect spot to sit, enjoy a drink, and watch the sun set!

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

 

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

Our granddaughters love to sit on the glider and rock back and forth.  The funny thing is, I remember doing the same thing on my grandma’s glider when I was little!

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

I added a few clay pots filled with small house plants and herbs (all from Walmart) to add some texture and interest to this area.

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

I think empty clay pots have a beauty all their own!

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

A basket tray and beads add some natural texture.  If you’d like to learn how to make a bead strand like the one shown above, here’s my tutorial.

Our patio is our summer sanctuary.  Winters are long in our area of the country (the Rocky Mountain region), so once warm weather arrives, we spend every possible minute out here.  Now you know where to find me this summer!

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you enjoyed my patio tour and got some ideas for your own outdoor living spaces!

Ideas to help you create an inviting outdoor living and entertaining space with lush greenery and hanging curtains

Again, I’m so thankful to have been included with this talented group of bloggers.  I’d like to extend a special thank you to Courtney of Tuft and Trim and Kelly of The Greenspring Home who put this tour together.

I’m grateful you’ve chosen to spend some time here with me at Jane at Home. I’d love for you to follow along on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook too!  Your next stop on the tour is Gather In Grace.

Make sure to check out the rest of the outdoor spaces on the tour!  Here’s a list of the bloggers on the Summer Outdoor Living Tour, with links to their posts below:

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

Tuft and Trim

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

The Greenspring Home

The Greenspring Home

Alyse Warren

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

Jane at Home

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

Gather in Grace

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

Eggshell Home

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

Pillow Thought Home

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porch and outdoor spaces-lush greenery and hanging curtains

xo jane

Summer Outdoor Living Tour - ideas and inspiration for your patio, porche and outdoor spaces

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  • courtney davey
    June 18, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I LOVE all the pops of blue, and that rug is amazing! Great inspiration!

    • Jane
      June 18, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you so much dear Courtney! xo

  • Rosanna Bassford
    June 18, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    What a pretty space! Love all the blue and greenery!

    • Jane
      June 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment dear Rosanna! xo

  • Kelly Marohl
    June 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    This turned out so perfectly Jane! I adore your outdoor curtains and all of the breezy blue 🙂

    • Jane
      June 18, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you so much lovely friend! I appreciate you so much!

  • Kathy @The Daily Nest
    June 18, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Jane everything looks so fresh and beautiful!! We have have 3 little granddaughters and I totally get what you mean about keeping everything easy to clean! You are so talented and your attention to detail is perfect! Xo, Kathy

    • Jane
      June 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you so much for this sweet comment dear Kathy! Your kind words mean a lot, lovely friend! xo

  • Laura
    June 19, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Everything looks gorgeous, Jane! What an amazing space you’ve created. Enjoy your summer on that beautiful patio!

    • Jane
      June 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Thank you so much dear Laura! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment! xo

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