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
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: 2×8 treated boards, pipe fittings, pipes
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.
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
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,
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.