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Designing a Patio Oasis for Entertaining

Bringing the Indoors Out: Creating a Backyard Retreat

As the warm summer days finally arrive here in the Midwest, I find myself spending more and more time outdoors on my patio. It’s become an extension of my living room – a place where I can enjoy meals, entertain friends, and simply soak up the sunshine. Designing this oasis has been a labor of love, but the end result is a backyard retreat that truly feels like a welcoming escape.

The key to crafting the perfect patio oasis lies in creating a seamless transition from your indoor living space. Just like how I’ve curated the decor and furnishings inside my home, I wanted the outdoor area to have that same cohesive, elevated aesthetic. Today’s Gardens, a local garden design and landscaping company, helped me pull it all together with their expertise.

Choosing the Right Furniture and Fabrics

One of the first elements I tackled was the patio furniture. I had been eyeing a beautiful seagrass sectional set on Facebook Marketplace for ages, and when the opportunity arose to snatch it up from a lovely lesbian couple in a gated community across the lake, I jumped on it. Little did I know, this purchase would come with quite the adventure – a 3-hour round trip odyssey that had my husband questioning my sanity.

But you know what they say, the journey is half the fun! And when I finally got that Pottery Barn beauty home, I was smitten. The natural woven textures and neutral tones were exactly the vibe I was going for. That is, until I realized it wasn’t actually meant for outdoor use. Oops.

Seagrass patio furniture

Luckily, a quick Google search led me to some similar, weatherproof options that would hold up much better to the elements. I settled on a set of classic, lacquered chairs that are easy to move around and provide the perfect amount of comfort for lounging. And to really tie the space together, I layered in an affordable outdoor rug with a fun fringe detail.

Furniture Item Price Weatherproofing
Seagrass Sectional $300 (Facebook Marketplace) Not suitable for outdoor use
Lacquered Outdoor Chairs $150 each Durable finish to withstand elements
Outdoor Rug with Fringe $50 Weatherproof and easy to clean

Textiles are another crucial element in crafting a cozy, inviting patio oasis. I’ve layered in plenty of vibrant throw pillows, outdoor curtains, and even a boho-chic poof that doubles as a side table or extra seating. The key is choosing fabrics that are not only stylish, but also weatherproof and easy to maintain. That way, I can enjoy the look and feel of my indoor living room, just with a little more fresh air.

Blending the Indoors and Outdoors

One of my favorite aspects of the patio is how it seamlessly connects to the indoor living space. A set of sliding glass doors allows the space to feel open and airy, while also providing easy access to and from the house. As the experts at Better Homes & Gardens suggest, this “patio should be a welcoming extension of the house, calling you outdoors to enjoy cool breezes and fresh air.”

To further enhance that indoor-outdoor flow, I’ve incorporated plenty of lush greenery and potted plants. Placing them strategically around the seating area and even using them as a natural privacy screen, the plants help to blur the lines between the two spaces. As the team at Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life advises, “Surround your outdoor space with lush greenery” to create a true oasis.

And let’s not forget the importance of lighting! Beyond the basic porch lights, I’ve added a mix of dimmable lamps, string lights, and even a few strategically-placed candles to set the mood for cozy evenings spent outdoors. This multilayered approach to lighting ensures the patio is just as inviting after the sun goes down.

Defining Distinct Zones

While I wanted an overall cohesive look and feel, I also knew it was important to carve out distinct zones within the patio space. After all, I need areas for dining, lounging, and even a little outdoor entertaining.

Backyard patio with defined zones

The dining area, for instance, features a sturdy wood table and chairs – perfect for al fresco meals. Meanwhile, the lounge zone boasts that super comfy seagrass sectional (with a trusty cover, of course) and a few additional chairs for cozy conversation. And to tie it all together, I’ve placed a few versatile pouf ottomans that can serve as extra seating, side tables, or even foot rests.

As the experts at Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life suggest, “A patio should be a versatile destination by defining different activity zones within the space.” This strategic approach ensures the patio meets all my outdoor living needs, from dining and entertaining to simply unwinding and soaking up the sunshine.

Personalized Touches for an Elevated Look

Of course, no patio oasis is complete without those special, personalized touches that really make the space feel like your own. For me, that means incorporating unique decor elements, from a plant-stand-turned-tray-table to weatherproof artwork and sculptures.

Outdoor patio with personalized decor

I also love to bring in pops of color and pattern through outdoor accessories like throw pillows, blankets, and even curtains. As the Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life team notes, these textiles “add softness and style” to the space. And for an extra dose of personality, I’ve incorporated a few whimsical elements, like the fringe on that outdoor rug.

But perhaps my favorite personalized touch is the story behind that seagrass sectional. Sure, it may not have been the most weather-resistant choice, but the journey of tracking it down – and the delightful couple I met along the way – makes it all the more special. It’s a reminder that sometimes the path to creating your dream outdoor oasis isn’t always linear, but the end result is worth it.

A Sanctuary for Entertaining and Relaxation

At the end of the day, my patio oasis is a sanctuary – a place where I can entertain friends, enjoy quality time with my family, and simply unwind. Whether I’m hosting an impromptu gathering or stealing a quiet moment to myself, this space has become an extension of my indoor living area, allowing me to fully embrace the beauty of the great outdoors.

As my fellow blogger Danielle so eloquently puts it, “all you really need is a bottle of wine or whatever your drink of choice, a little sunshine and a whole lot of chill.” And with my carefully curated patio, complete with comfy seating, lush greenery, and the perfect ambiance, I’d say I’ve achieved that idyllic outdoor oasis.

So if you’re looking to transform your own backyard into a true getaway, I encourage you to take inspiration from my journey. Embrace the unexpected, infuse your personal style, and most importantly, create a space that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the joys of outdoor living. After all, the possibilities for designing your own patio oasis are endless.

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