Outdoor Living Spaces

Expanding to Outdoor Living Spaces

We have happily extended our living space to the outdoors. When we had our pool installed just after we moved into the new house last June, we had the contractor also build a pavilion off of our patio.

Perfect furniture

We started with our small patio furniture set we’ve had for almost 8 years. It consists of a love seat, two chairs, a table and a couple of ottomans. It is functional, but not really “homey.” We moved that set out to the deck by the pool. We decided to upgrade our outdoor furniture to something that would better accommodate our friends when they visit. The set we chose has a sofa (seating for 3) in addition to the two chairs, ottomans, and table. An outdoor rug was the perfect anchor for the space.

This set up was functional, but still did not really feel like an extension of the indoor living space. I decided to add some of the kinds of  pieces that I have inside; side tables for instance.

Outdoor Living Space

Expanding Outdoor Living Spaces

I added the two side tables then searched for some kind of lighting. Solar lamps can be bought at Lowe’s and they actually give off some light. The space was warmed up (and this is a turn of phrase cuz it’s summer in Texas, baby- you ain’t gonna make it warmer than it already is) to make it more inviting, with a large hibiscus shrub in a big planter along with a banana plant and some greenery in an even BIGGER planter. This really did the trick!

Outdoor Living at Night

Make it comfy

Adding some nice furniture and creating a proper seating area on the decking around the pool makes such a big difference. Instead of it feeling like a separate area of the yard, it is joined up with the rest of the outdoor space. In the future, we might need a pool remodel to bring things up to date and make sure it’s all looking nice. But for now, I am happy with the beautiful pool area and the whole family loves spending time out there. 

I believe we were able to create a true “living space” out under the pavilion. I try to swim every night and it’s so nice to have that space to relax in afterwards. We also have a TV mounted up in the eves so I get my fill of major league baseball as I work out in the pool, then have a space to kick back under the pavilion.

Outdoor Living Poolside

Here is the deck and gazebo. We still have work to do but figure all we have is time so we’ll just take it one little project at a time. Landscaping behind the pool is next!

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  1. Liz Jo
    September 2, 2016 @ 9:37 am

    This looks amazing!!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM CT.

    liz @ j for joiner


  2. Janet Trieschman
    August 30, 2016 @ 5:20 am

    I am ready to move in. Thanks for sharing your link with us at Creatively Crafty #CCBG http://tryit-likeit.com/link-it.


    • Kelly
      August 30, 2016 @ 8:46 am

      Thanks so much! Come on over 😉 and thanks so much for hosting.


  3. bj
    August 27, 2016 @ 9:06 am

    you’ve done a great job on your beautiful outdoor living space…and your pool is beautiful…..


    • Kelly
      August 27, 2016 @ 4:16 pm

      Thanks so much! Blessings!


  4. Katrin
    August 27, 2016 @ 7:44 am

    Kelly, you have a beautiful outdoor living space! There is so much room but it looks very cozy and inviting at the same time! I especially love the outdoor rug with the sofas! I bet you enjoy it a lot!


    • Kelly
      August 27, 2016 @ 7:51 am

      Katrin- Thanks so much! And yes, it’s about my favorite place to be; especially in the Texas fall. Some favorite memories I’ve already had are from friends and family hanging out watching college football all day into the night where we end up covering up with blankets and sometimes getting so comfy we doze off! I love how it’s possible to take the indoors outside. All of the pieces are very easy to care for also, which is a big plus. Thanks again for taking time to stop by and leave some nice encouragement. Blessings!! -Kelly


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