Monday, April 06, 2009

Monday Redesign-Corey, Kris and their Backyard

So this week we've got an outdoor space that needs a makeover!  Corey and Kris need a little help with their backyard:

backyard redo

Here's their answers to my design questions for them:

What are your favorite design store/home décor stores?  They can be brick and mortar stores or online stores.

Lowe's, Hobby Lobby, Target, Sam's

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

laid back, simple, organized

What is the most important thing you’d like done with the space?

Create a more inviting backyard.

What are two of your favorite colors?

Tan, Green/Neutral Colors

What are two of your least favorite colors?

Orange, Blue

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

Flowers/Plants: Bright colors-Yellow, Reds, Purples
We would like to keep patio furniture-it is very similar if not the same as the set pictured here.

What are the overall dimensions of your patio space?

Approximately 23' wide and 8' deep.

Ready for their inspiration board?


1. Great fabric that easy pillows can be sew with. I like this pattern because it is classy without screaming "I'm an outdoor fabric!"  Also, with just one yard you can make enough pillows to accent the chairs!  Standard decorator fabric is between 54'-60" wide.  So one yard of this fabric gives you a piece that's 54" wide by 36" long.

2. Rustic wood shelves-Make these yourself with some reclaimed wood planks.  Just add brackets and you've got a shelf!  Add them to either side of the large window for a little symmetrical balance.

3. Potted plants/herbs for shelves. Neutral with the green would be great to bring a little color to the space.  Add these to your rustic wood shelves.

4. Metal art above rustic wood shelves.

5. Outdoor furniture that you've already got.

6. Large mat to create a welcoming atmosphere.

As far as the landscaping is concerned,  I would most definitely add some curves around your patio area!   This will also extend your patio and make it feel wider than 8'.  By adding to the outside instead of putting planters around the edge you have preserved the narrow patio space for your lovely patio furniture and leave plenty of room for entertaining.


This will soften up all the right angles everywhere.   Use a mixture of evergreen and decidious plants.  That way you'll have greenery year round.  See your local landscape/nursery store for plants that will work well for your planting zone and area of the country!

Thanks for letting me design your backyard space!


1 comment:

Christy said...

I love these ideas!