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 Overstock.com.

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!

CONVERSATION SET c/o | BASKET CHAIRS c/o | HANGING PLANTERS c/o | JUTE RUG c/o


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