Outdoor Glamour: Springtime Patio Inspiration...

Every year I tell myself this will be the year I pimp the patio. While I've taken steps to make it a suburban shangri la it lacks the greenery and "wow" factor that each of these images above exudes. I know beyond a doubt that turning our covered patio into an "outdoor room" would give us a completely different energy and at-home lifestyle during the warmer months coming down the pipe. 

In addition to meals and entertaining, I think of the cool craft projects we could tackle outside and the morning coffee moments we could enjoy. A few twinkling lights, plenty of potted plants and and you've created a private oasis for making memories and maximizing daylight (and after-sunset) hours. Quite simply: I've got to make it happen this year before those spring days come about. 

What's lacking? I've narrowed it down to a few key elements and I'm ready to bring them into my life. Care to see the exact pieces I'm loving?


There's no getting around this one. I want this table. I've mentioned it at least once here before and no matter how far or where I look elsewhere it's clear this is the table for me. 

Chairs. These are glamorous, gorgeous and look as though you could sit in them for HOURS. I am loving that bronze finish and the classic exposed metal back. These are perfect in every way and definitely worth stalking as I wait for a sale. 

Set the mood (and perhaps light some citronella) with these substantial cast stone candlesticks. Storms likely won't knock these heavy beauties over and they'll add much needed height to your tabletop or side table. 

There's no way of getting around this one: planters & potted plants. Boxwoods are the name of the game here, specifically the pyramid or ball shaped variety. They can handle our extreme temperature swings (100+ in summer to freezing cold in winter) and still look absolutely perfect. The best versions require little to no maintenance - exactly what this black thumb having girl needs. Planters are always pricey for some reason. These are gorgeous and perfect but (in my opinion) expensive.. I'm stalking this one on Hayneedle with (one) rave review and the classic urn shape I love so much. Also: $75!

It's a relatively short list, I just need to make it happen. Plants really are the key factor here as are the right table and chairs. If I could add one "have to finally own them" this year it's these substantial lanterns from RH. These babies will NOT blow over in the Texas wind. I've compared these to those at other popular retailers and nothing compares to the heft and quality of these. A few of these scattered about the patio add to the enchanted atmosphere after dark. 

What about you? Do you have springtime patio longings?