Designing Our Patio

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Radio silence on the blog means, I'm in deep project mode. Until I have some after and progress to share, lets talk my small patio planning. If you been a long time reader of Chic Little House [ thank you! ] You may remember, when we re-built our home in 2013, one of the additions we was enlarging our bedroom to include a walk-in closet, master bedroom which meant french doors in our bedroom were a must. A must, I tell you. I love the ease of access our home now has to our backyard, though laundry room door to our larger patio and our french doors for our more intimate patio. 

The patio off our french doors isn't on the large size, but its got so much potential to be stunning and cozy. I snapped this picture the other day, to help me nail down and execute the plans. First up is cleaning up, the tree in our backyard has tiny leaves are they are such a pain to keep up, plus they're left a fun residue of gunk our patio. We're going to clean the the concrete and then use a power washer if necessary.  Along with cleaning our patio doors, light fixtures. I'm envisioning lots of plants in containers on our patio and in the garden beds.  

We would love the build a small pergola above our french doors. I've looked at several pergolas that reside just above the door and have an overhang from roof line and it looks so good. I'm picturing something similar in design to the one below. 

For the planters, I'm building (the wood is all bought! yay!) I love the idea of growing evergreen vines, that will bloom Spring though Fall and stay green and lush all year long. I'm still researching what will work best in my area and also be drought tolerant. I love the look of the vine below and how a trellis casually rests against the house. 

via Pinterest

I'm also envisioning lots of plants in containers on our patio and in the garden beds. I love   the layered look of pots in various sizes grouped together on a patio. 

via Sunset Magazine 

via Iced Coffee & Poenies 

Along the fence line, I would love to have vines, either attached to the fence or growing on a trellis placed in front of the fence. I love how vines create intimacy and help sound proof years. Plus, if you have a flowering one, the smell is amazing.  

I'm still on the hunt for the perfect small patio set for my space, right now I'm leaning towards a cozy love seat paired with some garden stools for drinks. As we make progress on the space, I'll share updates. 

Artful Addition

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One of my favorite places to look/dream/buy artwork from is, check out Avery's gallery wall to see some of the darling prints from Minted I've used. I'm been slowing adding a touch of orange into our living room and wanted to add some artwork in that colorway. I had some Minted credit, and found the perfect artwork on there for my living room. Are is always a happy addition to a blank wall. 

The print, I ordered is called Meander by Betty Hatchett, in the 16x16 print size. I love that when you order artwork from Minted, you have the option to have it framed and choose what type of frame you want to use. For the artwork, I choose a white premium wood frame. 

The pretty print, is such a happy update to my living room and just the right amount of orange I've been looking for to inject more color in my living room though artwork. 

Have you ordered any artwork from Minted. 

DIY Vertical Planter

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hi friends, last week I shared with you my partnering with The Home Depot in co-hosting in store DIY Workshops. Join me this Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Daly City #1092 from 10:00 am to 11:30am. I'll show you step by step how to build a DIY Vertical Planter for your backyard fence or patio! Check out my customized version of a vertical planter, I built over the weekend, more details below. 

In addition to building a DIY Vertical planter in store, I also built a customized version of a vertical planter for my backyard. For my customized version of the DIY Vertical Planter, I took the plans and created a scaled down version thats perfect for a smaller space that could fit on a patio / front porch or small backyard or provide a focal point. Below is the DIY Vertical planter I built for my backyard. 

For my customized version of the DIY Vertical Planter boxes, I made one full size planter box from the plans and two smaller size planter boxes stacked vertical. I pre-drilled the holes into the into the wood and used deck screws to build the planter boxes. Pre-drilling holes is a life saver and gets the ob done faster, trust me. Since my planter will stay outdoors uncovered, I plan to stain the vertical planter a weather grey to help weather-proof my project. I'll share an update once their stained. 

I lined the two smaller wood planter boxes with 30inch planter liners I bought from The Home Depot for $7.99. Using liners to line my planter boxes, will make changing out annual plants much easier. 

I love how my project turned out, the vertical planter adds so much color on our fence line and was easy to build in an afternoon and affordable. 

Quick reminder:

Join Me! Saturday April 11, 2015 at 10:00 - 11:30am
Daly City Store #1092
303 E. Lake Merced, Daly City, California 94015

Please click here to register for the FREE DIY Workshop. Looking forward to seeing all my bay area friends there!

Not local to SF Bay Area? Please click here and register to for a DIY Workshop near you. Also follow along on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on April 11 and use the following #DIYWorkshop to see the workshop.  

The Home Depot DIY Workshop: Vertical Planter

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Good Morning friends, I have some exciting news to share with you, I've teamed up with The Home Depot as a DIY Influencer to host upcoming in store free DIY Workshops! I'm so excited! As you know The Home Depot is the go to spot for tools, supplies, and lawn and garden products to help you transform your yard from ho-hum into the perfect space to enjoy for Spring. My first project, is the perfect kick-off to Spring! More details below. 

Teaming up the The Home Depot is the perfect opportunity to share with all of you fun DIY building projects throughout the year, these projects help build confidence, in using a variety of tools and show you how to build a project from start to finish

My first DIY Workshop with The Home Depot is building this fun Vertical Planter Box. The vertical planter, is designed by Ben Uyeda of Home Made Modern. In store, I'll share step by step instructions on how to measure, cut and build the planter boxes. These fun colorful planter boxes add so much fun color to a backyard fence or patio. 

The Home Depot DIY Workshops are typically held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month are all about skill-building, from teaching how to tile, outdoor projects and fun seasonal projects, associates are on hand to answer questions you may have. Please Click Here to Register for the FREE DIY Workshop: Vertical Planter

Join Me! Saturday April 11, 2015 at 10:00 - 11:30am 
Daly City Store #1092
303 E. Lake Merced, Daly City, California  94015

Again please register below to join me for FREE The Home Depot DIY Workshop, I hope to see all my local San Francisco Bay area friends there!

Not local to the SF Bay Area? Please click here and register for a DIY Workshop near you! Also follow along on my Instagram / Twitter and Facebook on April 11, 2015 and use the following hashtag #DIYWorkshop to share and see what I'm up to. 
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