WEEK # 6
Hope you all had a great week. Here we are only 2 weeks before the reveal of the OUTDOOR ROOM.
There is not much to tell regarding the progress this week, except for we are making good progress and some of the changes are so impactful that it seems like we accomplished more. Yet, at times when our household is functioning it feels like we take three steps forward and one back. Why?
Well, remember this is a working terrace/patio. There is a grill and a laundry “closet” here too and when there is laundry staged to be done, or to be dried; it does not look pretty. Same if there are items that cannot go in the dryer and we want to air dry, a clothes horse is added to the already busy/messy mix.
The best way to see the progress is with pictures, so check it out.
THIS IS OUR PROGRESS.
CHECK OUT THE PROGRESS ALL THE OTHER GUEST PARTICIPANTS ARE MAKING.
Here is our progress on our outdoor patio makeover:
- We hung the panels for that “cabana look” and suddenly had second thoughts.
I am not sure if you know, but for the most part my personal aesthetic is clean, crisp white walls, with black accents. Especially the last 3 or so years I have been drawn to neutrals and earthy tones. Typically, I tend to add colors that are not bright, or neon. The only bright color I use often is bright white on ceilings, or as a trim color. But I do like sprinkles of well-chosen colors -chosen based on the feeling I want the space to evoke, the purpose of the room/space, and the overall style.
I love patterns, but I can’t say that I use a lot of patterns on pattern. Again, when I mix patterns, I go by the scale of each pattern and limit it to 2 or 3 and ultimately there is a stripe in the mix.
COLORFUL FUN PATTERNS – NO RULES APPLY
This time, I decided to go extremely bold and go crazy with patterns. Patterns I like on their own and I am making them work together just because they are happy. Rule? No rule, just because I like them, because the patterns I have chosen give me and my other half the feeling of “Cheerful Summers”. An outdoor room somewhere in Cuban Florida. Out of character for us but what is a design challenge if you can’t have a little fun?
So, back to the panels for that cabana look without doing vertical stripes- I hung them up and suddenly, I was overwhelmed by the color and accumulation of pattern and color on the patio. I probably would have chosen white panels for an airy feeling, and if the furniture had been black like I wanted, and if I was not using as many playful patterns.
But, after a unanimous vote at home we are keeping the well-fitting leaf, blue and white pattern panels. However, the location of one of the panels and rod must be changed.
OUTDOOR CURTAIN PANELS FOR AN OUTDOOR PATIO.
STILL HAVE TO ADD DECORATIVE ROCK TO THE PLANTS, BUT THIS BUGAMBILIA NEEDS A BIGGER POT.
- I also completed the transformation of the old, tired island with sun bleached wood top and legs, and chipped drawer fronts. The results, better than expected. The contrast of the paper with a black matte top and legs was the perfect color to make sure that the wild and tropical wallpaper with a pink background popped nicely. That piece is now chic and with the black hardware we are adding by @schaubhardware is going to epic.
NOW THAT WE HAVE RELOCATED THE OLD KITCHEN ISLAND CABINET, WE HAVE TO BRING DOWN THE ART AND DO A SWITCH- A-ROO!
- Stay tuned to find out how we relocated the island from it’s original spot, to where the metal cabinet was just because it is more visible in this new location, but also because it fits better on this wall vs the old wall. I will also show you, where the metal cabinet is now (the old island location), and how well it fits there.
THIS IS HOW WE STARTED.
THIS IS WHAT WE DID TO THAT OLD CABINET.
TALK ABOUT AN IKEA HACK. WAIT TILL YOU SEE THE HARDWARE.
- Since we changed this piece to this location, we had to re-arrange the art too. But I can’t give it all away now, so please come back for more details.
- Also, found a way to take away from the ugly window on the patio side. Could not resist, have to show you.
MACRAME WITH SHELF
- We also added the Astro-Turf rugs we wanted in front of the “laundry closet” and below my husband’s zero gravity chair. (See I told you this outdoor space is a busy space). Not sure if had mentioned that adding Faux Grass was part of the plan, but we often step on the patio bare foot and inevitably we step on something. We also have concrete and pavers, no grass or soft scape except for our plants. Having said that the green of the faux grass is a little bright. But it feels so good on your feet.
STAY TUNED AND SEE HOW THE FAUX GRASS LOOKS.
I can almost say that I have all items for the outdoor patio decor ordered with me and we can just wrap it up. Next week and next weekend are going to be or should be super productive.
Check out the whole ONE ROOM CHALLENGE progress week by week here:
Left to do for our outdoor room makeover challenge:
- Install fabulous hardware graciously sponsored by Schaub and Co Hardware.
- Details and styling, a few more plants and wait for new seat cushions… hope we get them on time. These had to be redone. The ones that came with the patio furniture were dismal at best.
- Add chalk paper to the laundry room doors, and the dart board.
Check out the progress and tell me what you think.