Before & After: Our Patio Reveal!

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-before-after-outside-patio-renovation-reveal-furniture-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-6Hey friends! God bless your patient souls because I KNOW this post has been loooong awaited! I have this thing about showing “unfinished” renovations, when really, the unfinished stuff can also be pretty interesting, too (…it’s me in my own head, per usual)! Moving forward, I’ll be sure and show more progress-type photos/blog posts along the way. Constantly learning over here and I always appreciate your feedback so much!

Sooo if you’re new to LL, we decided to do some serious renovating to the back of our house in February (you can refer to this post where I shared our reno plans). In a nutshell, we removed four paneled windows along the back of our house and installed custom floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. We added new siding (went for horizontal instead of vertical) and a fresh paint job, then added a covered patio (but opted for a polygal roof instead of extending our current roof to save the natural light). Given that this renovation was a big one, I’ve decided to break up “the reveal” into two separate posts because there’s just so much to share! Thus, today we’ll focus on the outside patio and all the furniture details, then in a couple of weeks I’ll share some before/after snapshots from the inside of the house and (fingers crossed) share a video (!!) giving y’all a house tour from the inside out, while also sharing the materials we chose and why, who we used for contracting, etc. We learned a TON from this process and I am thrilled to share it all with you guys!

Aaand with that said, let’s get to the patio makeover! Take a look at these (drastic) before and afters…

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…And now sharing more of the good stuff below. 😉
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When brainstorming our ideal furniture situation, the number one word that came to my mind was ‘comfort.’ Growing up, I remember my aunt always creating a sanctuary space out of her patio (whether in a house, apartment, duplex – you name it, she had a knack for transforming a patio space no matter how big or small) and the one thing that sticks is my mind (10 years later!) is just how comfortable her outside seating was. It was always inviting, had lots of character and the seats were plush enough that you’d want to sit and chat for hours. Thus, I kept that at the forefront of my “must have” list when shopping around for furniture. I looked at a LOT of different retailers and the one set Blake and I kept coming back to was this mid-century set by Clay Adler from

We narrowed it down between a few conversation sets, but ultimately decided that the modern silhouette with traditional materials (wicker) was what we liked most. The furniture is gorgeous and really fills out the space so nicely. We also put down a jute rug (we used a size 6′ x 9′) to complete the space and make it feel more cozy. Lastly, we hung a couple of woven planters to add some flowers and a pop of color. These were super easy to hang and are lined so all you need to do is buy the flowers and add some potting soil…definitely my kinda planters! It all works so well together and feels really tranquil – which is exactly as we’d hoped!

Overstock has so many amazing options at all different price points, but we particularly loved their wicker conversation set selection. Given that our patio has a step, it is naturally divided into two areas – one to fill with furniture and the other used as more of a walkway to and from the sliding doors. We didn’t want the lower area to feel empty, so we scooped up two woven basket chairs (omg these are SO comfortable and look amazing!) – they come in a set of two, called the Acapulco Basket Lounge Chairs. This area is perfect for relaxing while I play fetch with Watson throughout the day, and we love that if we have more guests over there are plenty of seating options! Also – I feel like these chairs have such a chill, Austin-y vibe that works so great with the new navy siding on the house. Such a fan of this look!

We are completely in love with how the patio renovation turned out…and as you can probably gather from above, Watson is digging the new look, too! Cheers to more relaxing evenings with friends and family in this beautiful space!



  • Diana says:

    So beautiful!!!

    • livvy says:

      Thank you so much, Diana! Was a huge project for us but we are so happy with how it turned out. 🙂 Have a great weekend, xoxo!

  • Jaqui says:

    This turned out so gorgeous!! It’s so airy and looks so inviting! My boyfriend and I are planning on renovating our patio next summer and this is major inspiration!

  • Kate says:

    looking at the same patio set. Is it comfy?

  • Laura says:

    This is exactly the inspo I needed! I am in the middle of a patio renovation myself and have been stumped on a good looking shade structure, I love what you did! What exactly did you do? It almost looks translucent? Please explain I am dying to know!

  • Kira says:

    Did you redo the windows yourselves, or did you hire a pro? I’d love to redo our windows/deck door, and wonder if its a reasonable DIY…or if we should just get a pro
    Your reno is BEAUTIFUL!

  • L says:

    Omg this is stunning! The before and after is incredible like you would see on Fixer Upper! 😃 Can I also quick ask where to find your button up? I love it!

  • Veronica G says:

    What material is the top of the patio/covering?

    • livvy says:

      Hi Veronica! It’s cedar plans and polygal in between. I am going to do another full post (and video hopefully) in the next couple of weeks talking all about our materials, so be sure and check back for that one! 🙂

  • Jess says:


    I’m about to buy a house and am planning on including a patio reno in my reno budget. I LOVE yours! Could you give a rough estimate of the cost minus furniture?

  • Kacie says:

    OMG I swear you are living the DREAM! Haha, well at least my dream 😉 But seriously, your patio came out beautifully and Watson is just the cutest! Can’t wait to own a house one day (once we leave NYC) and have a great outdoor space like this!

    Xo, Kacie |

  • Sydney says:

    Is that the central or courier shirt? Love your blog!!

  • Andrea says:

    What did you use for the sides between the posts (the metal grate looking stuff?) It all looks beautiful and similar to our deck goals. I love the idea of that material instead of wood slats to be able to see into the yard better. (I hope this is all making sense. 🙂 It’s hard when you don’t know the right terminology yet!)

    • livvy says:

      Hey Andrea! I totally understand!! I will be doing a second post within the next week sharing the details on all the materials we chose (with a video component…waiting on that to be edited and then I can create the post!). The fencing is “chicken wire fence” – I have seen it quite a bit around Austin lately, we love it!!

  • Deb says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for the idea!!!! Love your dog too!

  • Debbie in Portland says:

    Livvy, Beautiful patio! I’m curious…what color is your house paint??

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