Secret Retreat Tucked Away in the City

I’ll spill the beans if you promise not to tell anyone…my back patio lol!! Ok, ok maybe not to the masses, but to me nestled on my outdoor love seat, sipping a cup of coffee (or lemonade as I’m frying an egg on the side table in this 90+ degree heat) it certainly is. I have lived here for years and ya know, I’ve never really and truly invested into this space before this year. It was always something that I put off, but I made up my mind that this would be the year that I actually enjoyed the space.

The furniture came from Target and Ikea over the last few years.  They actually held up very well. I even left these out all winter and no rust! Don’t try this at home though.  The green and blue rug is from Pier1, pillows and cushions from Home Goods and lanterns from Cost Plus World Market.   Flowers, plants and trees I got from my local farmers market in Detroit, Eastern Market. I really love the experience there. You can negotiate, get some really great deals and talk to knowledgeable folks who can school you on which flowers to get depending on how much sunlight they’ll be in.  They were a huge help to me.  I’m almost 2 months in and flowers still holding up well!

Show me your outdoor hide-a-way!

Or do you have one that needs a little TLC?

Check out the before and after pics.







15 thoughts on “Secret Retreat Tucked Away in the City

  1. Simply Starla says:

    It’s so cute out there. I JUST read a fact in Real Simple magazine this afternoon that said that 5 minutes outside each day does wonders for your mental health. If you are near water even better –I better get some patio furniture STAT!

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  3. Jared says:

    Your artistic vision is amazing. My backyard reminded me of your before pics but there is no way I could pull that off and I’m sure I would’ve blew lots of money in the process.

    Keep up the good work, can’t wait to see more of your vision.

  4. Kela says:

    You’ve just inspired me to actually do something with my patio now! That outdoor window seat that you created is absolutely gorgeous!!! If you ever need a blank canvas to work with, feel free to stop by my house. LOL!


  5. Sonia says:

    After 4 years, I’m finally about to do something with my deck. Just bought some furniture to put out there and looking forward to sprucing it up. Thanks for the ideas – your greenery is beautiful!

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