Exterior Decorating

If you've been keeping up with some of our earlier posts from May, you know that one of the reasons I was so busy was that I was moving from my loft to a townhome in the Saint Matthews neighborhood here in Louisville. Even though it was a simple move about 15 minutes across town, I am always amazed at how much stuff I accumulate over the course of a year or two and all of the work it takes to clean out and box up. As exhausting as it can be, I love the chance to toss or donate things I no longer use and begin fresh. Because of this, the interior of my townhome is looking, well...empty. 

Knowing that Ryan and I will be sharing this townhome in about 4 months, I'm taking the summer as an opportunity to upgrade our hand-me-down furniture that we accumulated in college with some more "adult" pieces that will last us well into our marriage. This is a major work in progress, and I hope to have some updates for you all in a few months.

Interior aside, one part of our townhome that I'm loving decorating is the outdoor living space! At my loft, I had a tiny balcony, but because of drainage problems, it was very hard to keep clean and usable. I crave spending time outdoors, even if it's just for 15 minutes reading a book, and with a very large dog, having some sort of fenced in outdoor space was number one on our list of needs. 

One of the main selling points of our townhome was its sizable patio with a tall privacy fence. However, when I first moved in, I was severely underwhelmed by the space. It was clear the last tenant didn't care too much about outdoor upkeep, and because the place had been empty for several weeks, weeds were starting to take over.

The number one thing I wanted to get for the patio was a conversation set that I would be able to use for years. I searched for something that I felt was a blank canvas and would not quickly go out of style, could be used against multiple backdrops in case we buy a home, and most importantly, stayed under my budget of $400. I eventually selected this set from Wayfair because of the great reviews and the classic look of the teak wood. The set was delivered in literally less than 18 hours and only took my dad and I about an hour and a half to assemble. 

 
 

Next on the list was to take care of the landscaping, which involved filling an entire garbage bag with weeds and general brush. I love that our patio already has a well-established holly tree because to be honest, I don't have much of a green thumb. I selected several hostas to fill in some of the empty area, which my mother claims are basically fool proof, and a few things of lilyturf that will (hopefully) have some blue blooms later in the summer. I popped these in the ground, watched as Lou immediately trampled a few, and laid new mulch. 

Since everything I had gotten so far was fairly neutral in color, I wanted to add a couple of accessories as well. I selected some patterned and solid pillows from At Home. I purchased the planter from here as well, but was unable to find a link for it. Here is another white planter option that also caught my eye. If you don't live near an At Home, I also always spy great outdoor decor in TJ Maxx and Homegoods. The final result looks like this:

 
 

Next up on the list is this half of the patio. It is currently home to a bench that my dad made me several years ago that I'm hoping to transform into an herb garden and a big empty space that seems perfect for a grill. More updates to come!

If you need me, you can find me outside.