It’s patio season!

Ravamp-Patio-HeaderSummer solstice has arrived, and you know what that means? It’s time to take the party outdoors!

If you follow me on Instagram you already have seen many sneak previews of what I’m about to show you guys today, a patio revamp.4-IG-picsOn week days I’m running errands and cleaning house. I want to spend as much quality time with The Guy on weekends, as much as possible and not worry about chores or laundry. It can wait. Weekends are for family time, and the past number of weeks we’ve been both outside here on the patio resting after our runs together, or even having a bite to eat out here while the sun sets. It’s perfect.

Patio-revampSuppers on the patio, with our bistro set from O.Co made for the perfect way to end our weekend. Do you like what we’ve done with it? It was so bare before! We have been living in California over a year, and we had yet to invest in our outdoor space. I had no idea what to do with the place until I remembered when we lived in Canada we had this sweet little bistro set, and I wanted to do something similar outdoors, again.

homemade-pillowsThat palm tree over there is real, mind you. Considering I kill every plant I’ve ever owned within a few weeks, I’m hoping for the best. So far so good, I bought the plant about 3 weeks ago, and it seems to be doing good thus far.

UE-BoomEntertaining outside in California doesn’t require too much planning seeing as the weather is predictable for the most part. Sunny skies throughout the day, with cool temp’s following dusk. All you’ll need to finish off the night is a couple of swallies, some music, and a blanket, then you’re set for an evening of fun on the patio.

UE-Boom-in-handsLet’s chat about this UE Boom for a moment here. This portable bluetooth speaker is water resistant (it comes in a larger size that is 100% water proof, and yes you can chuck it in a pool and it won’t get damaged) isn’t that wild? This little speaker plays loud enough music to get us dancin’ and has incredible bass to it, and the battery life is good for up to 15 hours — which will bring you well into the morning if you’re having a grand ol’ party. Can I be invited to that one? As you can tell from the size of it in my hands, it’s easy to pop into your purse, suitcase or even bring it to the beach with you while you’re having a time with your friends this summer.

If I was made of money, I could buy up to 8 UE Boom speakers and sync them all together to create a completely wireless set of stereo speakers. I was chatting to the Logitech PR people at a tech event the other week, and one of the women mentioned that she used this in a family members home because their wiring system was outdated and simply placed a bunch of the UE Booms around the house for a party. Awesome, right?

Patio-weatherThe design of it is quite sleek, and they come in an array of colours including limited edition designs. The plus minus sign isn’t for decoration as I had originally though (duh moment right there), it’s for the volume. Go figure. Ha!

Patio-areaI bet you’ll be somewhat impressed to hear I made those floral lumbar pillows. I loved the H&M pillows but they were too large. I bought one of them anyway, and cut them down to a size I wanted, and used a lime green Ikea pillow cover to use as the backside. I’m impressed with myself, to be totally honest with you. But I wouldn’t recommend you ever using the product called heat & bond. Too much stress, and the pillows might bust apart at any minute. But for the meantime, I think they look decent.





Alfie-in-plantAlfie and I have a grand time on the patio during the afternoons, I think he’s enjoying his perch a little too much. What do you guys think? I am probably being biased, but isn’t he the cutest dog you’ve ever seen?

Anyway, pop on over to my patio if you’re in the area! I might even make you a cuppa tea while you’re here :) bistro Set | Ikea ravenea potted plant | H&M outdoor rug | UE Boom | Ikea seat cushions

Disclaimer: Thanks to & UE Boom for sending the items for me to re-vamp my patio in style!


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  1. Well… two days left until this teacher is on summer vacation and you have inspired me to tackle my patio! We built our home last year and are finishing our backyard this summer so I have lots of work ahead of me!! Thanks for the inspo- also, I NEED that UE Boom speaker!!!

  2. We don’t have a patio, but we do have a deck and it’s in serious need of some love. We need some new furniture and just an overall re-do.

  3. Oh, how I wish I had a patio to decorate after reading this post. I just love the mini table and chairs with surrounding decor. It looks so cozy, even just for a cuppa tea!
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  4. I love your patio make over! I’ve been working on revamping my tiny deck for a little while and I’m going to borrow the pillow idea. I’m always finding pillows that are too large. I don’t know why I didn’t think to cut them down. Duh.

    Side note. I totally was distracted the whole time by your pup. Too cute! <3
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  5. I think you did a really great job, it looks so cozy. I would love to sit out there with a glass of wine.

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