Patio Dreamin’…with Arhaus!

One of the draws for us when we bought our home was the screened-in back porch. We knew CoCo the Black Kitty would especially love it, and, as someone who loves to have the windows open and fresh air flowing through as much as possible, I was pretty excited about it, too. But we got a bonus! In addition to the screened-in back porch, we also got a beautiful brick patio! Here’s what we did with it soon after we moved in:

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Nothing fancy! Just some potted plants, a couple chairs and an umbrella.

Here’s what it looks like today:

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A few little things have changed. The house has been painted. You can see that the plumerias (which bloom a beautiful shade of pink!) got too big for their pots, so I created a large bed to plant them in. Look how much they’ve grown! My other pots are filled with “experiments”, aloe (you can never have too much aloe, especially when you cook like I do!) and herbs. Also good to have lots of fresh herbs around my house!

I freshen the chairs with new cushions each season, and yes, we still have an umbrella. It’s the same deep red color, except it’s solid on both sides. We learned, after leaving the first umbrella out all the time, that umbrellas are no match for the strong storms we get over the summer here in Florida. After two bent-in-half umbrella catastrophes, we now keep it in the garage until we’re ready to use it!

The other thing you’ll notice is the small white table on the right. That is actually a fish-cleaning table right from The Bass Pro Shop, but my sweet in-laws bought it for me to use as a potting station – and it works beautifully! It’s normally located around the corner, but my hubby moved it closer to the back door so my preggo self wouldn’t have to walk so far. Hook it up to the hose and it’s got a functioning sink and everything! Love it!

It’s a tad bit more disjointed than I’d like it to be, but it’s pretty comfy, and it works for us!

However, I noticed something the other day.

I heard a strange noise outside, and, since I knew Taffy the White Doggy was in the yard, I stepped out to see what she was doing. I immediately observed her dragging one of the chairs across the patio.

I knew she was making a valiant attempt to catch a lizard, but I scolded her and sent her inside all the same. When I walked over to the chair, I noticed that BOTH of them actually showed signs of being dragged across the bricks, and even looked a bit wobbly, as if they had been pounced on one too many times. Hmmm. Maybe it’s time for some new furniture out there.

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New Additions

Are you ready for today’s Back to School Blog Hop? Visit Dana over at Prudent Wisdom for today’s post on Teacher Appreciation Gifts! (That’s a good one!)

Back in June I did a post called “New Additions”. I described it like this:

As we get more and more settled in our new home, I pick up things in my free time (HA! What the heck is FREE TIME?!) and add them to our house. Thought I’d start sharing those with y’all! Maybe you’ll get some good ideas, and maybe you can give me some good ideas, too! Note: I don’t bring things into the house unless I LOVE them. I don’t see a point in being surrounded by “stuff”, much less stuff that I think is “just okay”.

I had a lot of great responses on that post (read the original one HERE) so I thought I’d do another one! (Since I’m still adding things, it seems!)

1. Master Bedroom accent

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Right now almost ALL of my jewelry is in that box you see. My earrings (that don’t match any other pieces specifically) are in the tiny Willow Tree dish, and that picture is one of my faves of the two of us. But…do you see anything else? Mainly…

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…THIS!

I first saw this in Hobby Lobby months ago, and it was $24.99. I LOVED it, and I knew it would look great in our bedroom. But I wasn’t paying that much for it! A couple weeks ago, it was marked down and on clearance for $8! Heck yeah!

Love it because…

  • Ummm…clearance!
  • It matches PERFECTLY
  • I really love how it looks like a piece of paisley! (I LOVE paisley!!!)

2. Kitchen

Notice anything?

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You guessed it!

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My fabulous birthday present! So pretty!

Love it because…

  • I’ve wanted one forever!!!
  • It matches the kitchen
  • I can’t wait for the holiday baking to come around!

Also in the kitchen…

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I added this candle pedestal (from Big Lots) to the top of the cabinets. I’m always adding things (as I find them) up here.

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Kinda mix-and-match, but I like it like that!

3. Back porch

Let me tell you about this DEAL! I walked into Home Depot looking for something totally different, and saw this set (umbrella included but not pictured) for $71 bucks!!! I kid you NOT! I was so excited – I took a pic and sent it to my hubby and he immediately agreed that he wanted it. We’d been looking for a set for a while (we want to be able to eat out on the back porch) and the costs were just ridiculous. But this…

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…was perfect!

Why I love it…

  • Fantastic deal
  • I was able to put it together myself!
  • Can be moved from the porch to the patio easily

4. Dining Room

You know I’ve been trying to get the dining room together (CLICK HERE FOR THAT POST!) and I think I’ve finally figured out what I’m going to do, but that’s for another post. Here is the pretty new centerpiece I decided on!

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Why I love it…

  • It inspired my new theme
  • The flowers match my china PERFECTLY
  • I can’t kill it

5. The Project Room

Remember, this is the room that doesn’t really have a purpose yet. So it’s kind of…multi-purpose! And we really needed this!

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What I love about it…

  • It was a great deal
  • It was MUCH NEEDED, so I was happy to find something that met my budget
  • It’s fantastic to be able to go in the Project Room and work out, instead of having to leave the house

6. The Office

I’ve added a few things to our office!

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See the bunting? My fabulous cousin designed it for me – yeah, she makes them! If you want one designed for YOU, let me know!

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So pretty, right?

We also added some cute salt-and-pepper shakers to my hubby’s Coca Cola collection!

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And I finally finished my receipt jars! (CLICK HERE FOR THE POST ON THIS PROJECT!)

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What I love about it…

  • It’s really coming together!
  • I really like the customized touches!
  • I feel like there’s more room to improve upon

7. The Guest Bathroom

I’ve added quite a lot to the Guest Bathroom (CLICK HERE TO SEE) but this is one of my favorites:

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I originally didn’t think I needed a shower curtain in here…until we had house guests on the way, and I thought, with six of them coming, it might be nice for a little extra privacy.

What I love about it…

  • It really brings the room together
  • I LOVE the color combination
  • It really feels fresh and clean

I think that’s it for now – what have YOU added to your home? I’d love to see!