Firepit Patio Makeover [Sponsored]

Just in time for the warm weather, I have a fun outdoor makeover post for you. I love a good firepit so I was happy to help a friend design a patio built around a DIY firepit that is perfect for entertaining with a little help from my friends at Lowe's.

diy firepit and armless chairs on stone patio

The existing stone patio was the ideal spot to build upon starting with this very straightforward concrete firepit kit. Simply stack the flagstones and set the fire ring inside and you are ready for s'mores!
Material used: Ashland Firepit Kit

diy outdoor pipe tableSucculents in red lanternWatermelon pillow on outdoor chair

Next up was creating a very long and affordable outdoor table with lumber, pipe and pipe fittings.  Another simple project that can be done without the need for many special tools or skills.  It's a great fit right against the stone retaining wall and holds a ton while still not being too precious for outdoor use.
Materials used: 2x8 treated boards, pipe fittings, pipes

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Next up was seating. Instead of purchasing individual chairs, we used an armless sectional and broke up the pieces rather than using them next to each other. It's a great way to get a cozy, cohesive look while still being super flexible when you are changing the layout for different events. We also created a few other seating areas at the edges of the patio to give some different conversation spots using accent chairs.
Materials used: The Allen + Roth Sea Palm 6 piece sectional we used is sold out but their Altadena collection is a very similar style.  Alternatively these Bellmare chairs or the this outdoor sectional would have also worked well separated.) Tucker Bend Conversation Chair for the extra seating.

succulent firepit patio

Along with the seating we needed a few side tables that would hold drinks and plants to fill out the space.  These also make great additional seating as stools when needed.
Materials used: Allen + Roth Steel Plant Stand and Faux Cement Plant Stand

diy firepit kit on patio

After the large items were placed we added a few accessories give some color and personality.  Three bright red lanterns to added some color to the table spread.  And finally a few colorful pillows to accent the seating.
Materials used: Allen + Roth Red Outdoor Lanterns, Watermelon Lumbar Pillows, Green Square Throw Pillows,

firepit chairs plants

The last step was adding personality to bring the patio to life.  I fell in love with some cement planters (that are insanely heavy) and we reutilized some of the planters she already owned.  We went crazy in the garden center filling our cart with plants that would do well in this sunny spot.
Materials used: Concrete Planters, Angelina Sedum, Purple Calibrachoa, Fuschia Hybrida, Songbird Mix Columbine, Red Cordyline, Mandelvilla, Creeping Jenny, Colorblaze Coleus and Philodendron Selloum

Lucky for us, Lowe's had everything we needed to complete this project with a little planning, a little elbow grease and one busy installation day. I'm so pleased with the result and hope my friend and her family will get lots of happy memories in this space.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Lowe's but all opinions expressed are my own.  Thanks to great sponsors likes Lowe's for helping me create projects to share and inspire.

If you are inspired to give your own outdoor space a new look, this weekend is the perfect time to get started. Lowe's is running some fabulous Memorial Day sales including 30% off select outdoor furniture and grills.

No More Spring Cleaning Madness

Confession: I've been a die hard Swiffer loyalist since their products first hit the market 20 years ago! I am never without their products in my cleaning supplies. So when they reached out and asked if I'd share my experiences with their WetJet Wood, I was more than happy to oblige. This post is sponsored by Swiffer but all opinions expressed are my own.

Now that I'm a mom of two kids who seem to live on the floor, keeping it clean is especially important around here. We take care not to track in extra dirt by taking our shoes off at the door and generally trying to keep food contained but there seems to be a never ending trail of dirt when it comes to little kids no matter how how we try.  Add that to the complexity of having an older home with especially delicate floors, finding the right solution can be tricky. We need something that gets the job done quickly and effectively but won't harm our sensitive 100+ year old parquet.  Enter Swiffer WetJet

Setup is super fast.  Simply put the pad on the Swiffer WetJet and insert the cleaning solution bottle. This tool lets you clean an entire floor in a matter of minutes (perfect for naptime bursts of cleaning energy). The mist is quite fine and directed so it avoids getting any overspray on nearby rugs, furniture or baseboards.  A little goes a long way - moistening but not saturating the floor (compared to how a mop would.) Keeping the moisture to a minimum is so important to prolonging the life of these floors so that's a huge plus.

The result is streak free, clean floors without any of the hassle of carrying around a mop and bucket.  The best part is the disposal. Just pull the pad off and drop in the trash.  No wringing or sloshing around dirty water buckets required. And because the moisture level is so low, the floors dry very quickly.

Kate's Studio Makeover

So now that you've seen the mod painted wall, it's time to see the rest of the studio makeover.

The space was small but also had to serve lots of purposes.  Aside from the usual sleeping and lounging area, she also needed to make room for a proper desk area (Kate works from home) and a dining space for the occasional dinner guest. Oh and did I mention storage?  She has a great walk in closet but a studio apartment always needs lots of places to store the odd bits and bobs.

So we tackled the desk/storage problem first by coming up with a affordable desk hack using ready made pieces.  Ikea to the rescue here with 3 of their Nordli dressers and a countertop. The left side serves as entertainment center and the right hand side serves as a working area. Those drawers added lots of valuable storage space without any visual clutter.  It meant sacrificing a few more inches of depth in the lounge space but it was worth it.  The morale of the story here is not to be afraid of large pieces even in small spaces when they make sense.

She already owned the perfect leather loveseat sofa which just so happened to be exactly the right size to sit up against the largest KALLAX bookshelf that not only serves as a room divider but also is a storage beast.  The bottom 3 rows of shelves house large black bins to hide lots and the top two rows are great display areas while still allowing light from both sides.

The lounge area needed a 8x8 rug to define the space and provide a cozy spot to hang. A small scale marble coffee table is easy to push out of the way when you need to room to stretch out (or to blow up a mattress when a friend crashes at your place). Finishing up the room are picture ledge shelves which balance out the tv as well as provide Kate a spot to change up the artwork as much as she likes.

On to the rest of the apartment. Her entryway is nice and spacious which allowed her to add this hallstand to store coats, bags and shoes that are used often.  A small gatefold table paired with modern leather chairs is a great spot for having morning coffee alone, serving appetizers to a group or enjoying a sit down meal for two.

And last but not least the sleeping area didn't need much with the painted wall.  Lots of soft bedding and a small end table did the job.

While shore on square footage, this space is long on style. It feels stylish and put together - just like the charming woman who lives there!  I couldn't be more pleased with how it all turned out. Hope you can take away some tips on outfitting your own small spaces.

Valspar Signature Paint in Northern Juniper & Blindfold
Brass Floor Lamp
Dining Table
Dining Chairs
Velvet Ottoman
Round Coffee Table
Hall Tree
Brass Mirror
Room Divider
Picture Ledges

Geometric Painted Wall Treatment | Kate's Studio Makeover

It will come as no surprise that I love to help friends with their decorative challenges. So when Kate asked if I wanted to help decorate her studio apartment, I jumped at the chance.  She already had a great space with gorgeous light and lots of potential. She just needed a few suggestions to get her pad as fabulous as she is!

Her apartment is an alcove studio with 440 feet of space so layout was super important. I loved the white walls but knew it needed something on the far wall to add some visual interest without taking up any precious floor space.  Since it was a rental we ruled out wallpaper or molding treatments which left us with the great equalizer: paint. After batting around several different options, Kate decided a geometric stripe felt most like what she had in mind.

After we had settled on the pattern, we got down to the hard part: color selection. We tried lots of samples before selecting Valspar's Northern Juniper (a blueish green with just a tad of grey thrown in) and Blindfold (and almost but not quite black grey).  Lowe's Love Your Paint Guarantee makes this process a little less stressful - if we didn't love the paint for any reason, we could return it for a full refund.  Gotta love that kind of safety net.

Now it was time to get to work. I headed over to Lowe's (I knew they would have everything we needed for the whole project in one trip) to pick up the following supplies:

Once I had all my supplies I headed over to Kate's apartment and steeled myself for a long day. I knew this was going to take a lot of prep.  Kate and I got to work early in the morning and we spent the entire day on this.  It's definitely a 2 person job and you will be sore when you are done but it was so worth it.

I had drawn out a rough sketch of a plan to start and then using the laser level and the frog tape, we painstakingly taped out stripe after stripe.  Carefully marking the areas we didn't wan't to paint over with more frog tape (one slip up there and we would have ruined the whole look!).  Once we were happy with the stripes, it was time to get to painting.

I knew this was going to be a lot easier if we got that tape off while the paint was still wet so we did a bit of a mad dash to get it all on there as fast as possible.  Two coats per stripe worked well for great solid coverage.  It was time for a little prayer to the paint gods before pulling off the tape and seeing the end result.

Ta-da!  It turned out just as I had hoped (without only a few oops on my part that were easily touched up with a paintbrush).

The result was the perfect bold, mod inspired pattern we were going for.  Setting a backdrop for the whole apartment layout that I'll share with you in my next post.  Stay tuned for finished photos of the whole apartment.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Lowe's but all opinions expressed are my own. 

Flower Decorating Birthday Party

This post is quite late in the sharing but better late than never right?  (It's my party and I'll post when I want when I want to... post when I want to.)

Being the ripe old age of 41 years old, I have startling little wisdom to share but I do have a few tidbits. One of those is celebrating a birthday with gusto.  I celebrated all month long doing a variety of things but last year I decided to do something a little different with a flower arranging class party.  I threw it together a bit last minute but it was perfectly laid back and fun.

When I stumbled into Rebecca Shepard's floral studio, I was so smitten with the gorgeous wall mural (painted by Gaia Street art), I knew it would be the perfect spot.  Of course I had no idea how talented and just down right cool Rebecca Shepard herself would be until that day but I can assure you she is all that and more.

When I stumbled into Rebecca Shepar

When I stumbled in

When we arrived, the room was chock full of buckets full of fresh flowers.  Each of us had a work station with an inspirational photo and pair of shears and we got to work.  Rebecca explained step by step how to create a beautifully arrangement while still letting each of us go in our own directions. The result were startlingly different final results despite having the exact same starting vase, flower options and direction.

Naturally we needed some refreshments! I brought some bellini bar fixings, champagne, snacks.  Rounding out the nibbles were these beautiful flower cupcakes made by Nikki Berry.

A couple hours and a couple of bottles of champagne later, we all went home with some gorgeous arrangements and a head full of tips to create new ones in the future. Happy Birthday to me!

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